Dell’s Project Sputnik is an experiment to develop a Linux-powered laptop aimed at developers. The project is still in its early stages, but Dell and Canonical already offer a version of Ubuntu 12.04 Linux for the company’s XPS 13 ultrabook.
Up until now if you’ve wanted to try Linux on the Dell XPS 13, you’ve had to download the image and install it yourself. But this week Dell kicked off a new Beta program that will offer a limited number of laptops preloaded with Ubuntu.
In fact, Dell is promising to sell XPS 13 ultrabooks with Ubuntu at discounted prices to a limited number of folks who apply online. The company hasn’t explained just how discounted these laptops will be. But since they’re shipping with software Dell considers beta, users aren’t just expected to apply because they want a cheap laptop. They’re also expected to help kick the tires and test the software.
Dell first unveiled Project Sputnik in May. Now it looks like the project is starting to pick up steam.
via Ultrabook News