How to image a developer's machine
I was just thinking about how cool was going to be if I could buy a xps13z and use it for development, but then I'd have to format it, find drivers, etc...
Reading your idea I think that the best would be to have this image with not only drivers, but some predefined packages compiled for the machine, with apt-get -b source [package]. Some packages like vim, xorg, etc are default, but you could have a list of predefined packages like gimp, virtualbox, komodo, (other IDEs), window managers, etc. built specially for the xps13z hardware, on a nifty xps13z section inside Ubuntu's package manager.
The more tools available the better, because I would like to choose what I would use, but would be a great thing to have pkgs compiled for my machine instead to compile everything to get the most excellent performance.