Recent Comments on Ideahttp://www.ideastorm.com/services/xml/_idea_details?name=087700000008i4XAAQ&community=09a3000000007Tl&ideaTitleLink=%2FideaView2013-05-23T20:07:47.111Zsimon_brooke commented on Project Sputnik - I wish for...simon_brookehttps://www.salesforce.com/00a7000000GTX0OAAXAs others say, apt-get is your friend, so there's no need to have specific software packages preloaded. It might be nice to work with Ubuntu to suggest things which might go in developers' meta-packages, and, for my use, it would be nice to have really recent versions of Eclipse available in the repository - but these are really Ubuntu issues, not Dell issues.<br><br>From the Dell point of view, one doesn't <em>need </em>lots of memory or lots of processor cycles to compile Java, and, indeed, having too much of these things may make one's code sloppy. However, I dislike waiting for the computer to do things, so I would personally treat at least 8Gb RAM and a fast processor as desiderata. A serious developer is not going to have a hugely silted up hard disk - everything bar your working set will be salted away in revision control somewhere, so a big hard disk doesn't seem to me an issue. Fast SSDs are really nice and make a big difference to perceived machine performance.<br><br>But a wired ethernet port is an issue. Seriously. I don't have a problem with a USB-to-RJ45 dongle, provided that it works, but some solution to wired ethenet is required. Many of us work at least part of the time in environments where wifi is not considered sufficiently secure.<br><br>Finally, do not forget the UK. If you build this thing I <strong>will </strong>buy it - just as I bought a Mini 9 when that came out with Ubuntu on. I want to persuade mainstream manufacturers to support Linux, and buying machines is one way I can help do that. But if it's for sale in the US only that doesn't make it easy for me.