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Desktop laptop tablet combination plus

Tue Jul 29 14:17:07 GMT 2014 - 28 minutes ago

Can you clarify what each individual piece would contain in terms of componants and if they would be designed to work independently of each other as well as in tandem?

fully custom alienware 17 and 18

Tue Jul 29 14:05:26 GMT 2014 - 2:05 PM

I removed the service tag from your comment for security reasons. Have you contacted support about the issues?

Dell XPS 13 Linux Super Key Selection

Tue Jul 29 06:50:16 GMT 2014 - 6:50 AM

[Continuation of comment below...]

If you want to become a part of the community and be a heavy hitter in the Ubuntu space, you're best bet is keeping people up-to-date through things like mailing lists about Ubuntu-specific products, or Ubuntu-customizable (in all the ways I mentioned, down to the super key) products. Heck, even a neat logo that differentiates your Ubuntu machines as their own breed, but that is probably way distant future if at all. I would sign up for that mailing list. In fact, if anything I say here now becomes a reality, I would want to know about it.


I think your action in becoming a part of the Ubuntu community as a hardware supplier is crucial. It will also help standardize what is to be expected from a hardware-perspective for Ubuntu-based laptops. If you target the developers, it's a niche subset of people, but they will be there to purchase. I guess what I'm saying is if you go all-in, you'll grab that niche. I don't believe they really have many other good options at the time, so there's not too much push from the market. But little OCD things like the super key will really get people to try to consider other options - a sticker to cover it up feels like cheating. :P

I'd love to hear if any of these changes happen, any way I can stay in the loop?

Dell XPS 13 Linux Super Key Selection

Tue Jul 29 06:48:32 GMT 2014 - 6:48 AM

Yes, actually. I think I'd like it to be a bit bigger, I was thinking the XPS15 dimensions, maybe a bit smaller like a 14" would be appropriate for a developer machine. If I were to give you my perfect Linux laptop specs, it'd be the XPS15 made from the ground-up for Ubuntu. What this means from a customer's perspective is pretty much lack of a Windows logo anywhere on the machine. I think Windows is a wonderful operating system, but this is an Ubuntu machine we're selling, so I think going the extra mile to theme it entirely to Ubuntu would set Dell apart from other manufacturers. It's a good area to enter into as well, especially with Linux booming into popularity thanks to Steam OS and Chromebooks - and it's only going to get more popular. Right now the choices that users have for full-fledged Ubuntu laptops is minimal, so reaching into this market now is probably the best time since no one big has really claimed it.

Another user also mentioned using the XPS logo, I think this is smart as well. Dell is great because it has that "Home" feel for the logo, but this is supposed to be a workhorse for developers, I think the XPS logo is far more appropriate. Up the support to 14.04 as well, many Linux-heads are also bleeding-edge devs that want at least the latest stable of something. So ensuring great code that can translate to the latest build easily is a must.

This is starting to get to be wishful thinking, but an ultimate machine for me would have a 128GB SSD for the main install, and the /home directory would be a symlink to a separate HDD of at least 500~750GB. Today I wouldn't expect less than 500GB, but I'd think we're entering an age of average ~750GB, maybe even 1TB. The jump to 1TB, or at least the chasis to support that size of drive would be wonderful, or maybe an option to customize on purchase.

Power LED seems unneeded, but it's a neat feature. I'd say if you could cut it to add the extra drive do it, otherwise leave it in if it's not too headachey. Another thing that any Linux fan will probably say is that they want to customize the machine exactly how they want it. So many users are likely to blow over the install anyways if it's not setup in any near-to-appropriate fashion. So try not to include any pre-installed programs, that will only make it more likely the end user will have to do more work when they get their machine. I would do that if there are pre-installed applications. Few people - especially developers - like that kind of thing.

Desktop laptop tablet combination plus

Mon Jul 28 18:46:40 GMT 2014 - Yesterday

Now the concepts beyond just having the use of external devices, but the actual sharing of each device to each other. The laptop could be slipped into the side or by a dock, or a remote port. But when connected desktop would act as a server synchronizing data automatically, and allowing data warehousing. When laptop would be removed it would retain a wireless connection to the desktop (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, data connection) so connected peripherals on desktop would be accessible to laptop, and also tablet when tablet is disconnected from laptop and laptop desktop connection is established. Similar operation to work between laptop and tablet and tablet laptop desktop connection. . Secure or priority synchronization to laptop – desktop could be set up. I have used remote software, configurations, and third-party software to accomplish similar operation, but would like a more streamlined and simple security solution. My users typically use a desktop as a catchall, either at home or at the office. And tend to use and make inexpensive laptops serve as their main computer. While walking in warehouses sites or doing fieldwork laptops tend to be bulky and unwieldy and hard to operate. Such things as battery life working space working environment tends to get in the way. This is where a tablet would benefit most of my users. But the complication of them using multiple devices leads to confusion in data retrieval. Some users have already begun to use smart phones in lieu of tablets leaving their laptops in the officer close by. Note: some laptops have been lost due to theft. When the laptops become bulkier will be users tend to put them down where convenient in either forget or lose them. I would like to keep users from using their personal smart phones, therefore tablets, or even company smart phones could and would serve the purpose. My biggest problem is searching for data emails in pictures saved on various devices. Or the ever increasing redundancy of data, photos and emails being copied and stored and saved multiple times a multiple devices on multiple servers. It is my goal to effectively reduce this redundancy to a practical level.

fully custom alienware 17 and 18

Mon Jul 28 15:32:45 GMT 2014 - Yesterday

i bought it in march belive it or not... thats part of my point it was avalible then and its not now. It  was also suposed to have 16GB of ram 2dmm it was actualy assembled with 16 gb of ram but 4dmm it seems like you cant get what you want any more and sometimes they arenot even assembeling them right...

alternative fuel

Mon Jul 28 13:03:33 GMT 2014 - Yesterday

Thank you for sharing the idea raghav.rathi2. Some vehicles already have technology to convert kinetic energy (mechanical and heat) while braking, F1 race cars for instance. 

fully custom alienware 17 and 18

Mon Jul 28 12:50:57 GMT 2014 - Yesterday

Thank you for the feedback rtyauch301. Currently I do not see the combination of R9 M290x and Blu-ray player. How long ago did you purchase your system?

Dell XPS 13 Linux Super Key Selection

Mon Jul 28 12:38:06 GMT 2014 - Yesterday

Thank you for the feedback TReed0803. Is there anything else about the design you would change in linux versions?

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