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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. Two years later, 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, high-end config

  • Processor: 3rd generation Intel i7 (now 4th generation i7 with an additional i5 option in the US)
  • Display: 13.3″ Full High Definition (1080p) (Sputnik 3 has a FHD touchscreen)
  • System memory: 8GB
  • Graphics: Intel HD graphics 4000 (Sputnik 3 has the 4400)
  • Hard drive: 256GB SSD drive
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


  • Basic set of drivers, tools and utilities (complete list)
  • Community projects: Profile tool, Cloud launcher -  currently "under early-stage construction" at

Standard Service:

  • 1 year Dell ProSupport and onsite service after remote diagnostics


North America:

United States English
Canada  English
Canada  French


Belgium (French)
Belgium (Dutch)
The Netherlands
Switzerland (French)
Switzerland (German)
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.

Video: Overview of the project

Here is video done for the launch of the XPS 13 developer edition.  It talks about the solution, how the project evolved and where its heading.