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The Dell XPS 13 laptop, developer edition began life as “Project Sputnik” a scrappy skunkworks project to pilot a developer solution based on Ubuntu 12.04LTS and our sleek XPS 13 laptop. Thanks to the amazing feedback and support we received from the community it has resulted in official product. Three years later, we are on the fourth generation of the XPS 13 developer edition.  Additionally, due to continuing interest in an officially supported, beefier system, the Dell Precision M3800 mobile workstation, developer edition was launched.

Solution overview:

Dell Precision M3800 developer edition

  • Processor: 4th generation i7 quad-core processor
  • Display: 15″ Full High Definition (1080p) (Sputnik 3 has a FHD touchscreen)
  • System memory: 16GB
  • Availability: worldwide
  • Graphics: Professional grade NVIDIA Quadro K1100M graphics
  • Preloaded Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Starting weight of just 4.15lbs (1.88kg) and a form factor that is less than 0.71 inches (18mm) thick

XPS 13 laptop developer edition

  • Processor: 5th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-5200U or i7-5500U
  • Display: 13.3-inch infinity display (FHD, QHD and QHD versions available)
  • System memory: 8GB Dual Channel DDR3L at 1600MHz
  • Graphics: Intel (R) HD Graphics 5500
  • Hard drive: 128GB/256GB/512GB SSD drive
  • Preloaded: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Standard Service:

  • 1 year Dell ProSupport and onsite service after remote diagnostics


  • North America:  United States, Canada
  • Europe: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The United Kingdom

Additional Info:

How did we get here?

As I mentioned at the beginning, project Sputnik began as a skunkworks effort.  It was made possible by internal incubation fund designed to bring wacky ideas from around the company to life in order to tap innovation that might be locked up in people’s heads. 

Just weeks after the basic concept was greenlighted by the innovation team, it was publically announced as a pilot project at the Ubuntu developer summit.  The big focus of our efforts, particularly in the beginning, has been to work with Canonical to make sure that we had the appropriate drivers for all functionality including the touchpad.

From the start, the idea was to conduct project Sputnik out in the open, soliciting and leveraging direct input from developers via our Project Sputnik StormSession, comments on this blog, threads on the Sputnik tech center forum as well as the project Sputnik beta program.  In fact it was the tremendous interest in the beta program that convinced us to take Project Sputnik from pilot to product.

I would like to give a special shout out to the beta cosmonauts who signed on.  They were an intrepid lot who were patient and diligent working through issues to help make sure that when we went to production we had a product that developers would want.