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neu5eeCh
May 12th, 2012, 01:10 AM
I keep reading the article on Dell's proposed Ubuntu Laptop, but I can't get a fix on what constitutes a laptop "for developers"? Just wondering...

aaaantoine
May 12th, 2012, 01:22 AM
A proper "laptop for developers" should be able to emulate different clock speeds and hardware profiles at will.

Also, depends on what you're developing.

(No, I don't have an actual answer.)

castrojo
May 12th, 2012, 01:28 AM
Sputnik is mostly targetted towards devops people: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DevOps

So it comes with a bunch of cloud tools and juju, and they're working on things like profiles on github so you can say "I want ruby stuff" and it'll go snag profiles, etc.

neu5eeCh
May 12th, 2012, 01:34 AM
Sputnik is mostly targetted towards devops people: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DevOps

So it comes with a bunch of cloud tools and juju, and they're working on things like profiles on github so you can say "I want ruby stuff" and it'll go snag profiles, etc.

I see. So... it's not the hardware specs, but the software that makes it targeted toward devs? So is DELL going to make a sort of Ubuntu Distro (in combination with Canonical), similar to Ubuntu Studio, except for devs?

castrojo
May 12th, 2012, 01:39 AM
I see. So... it's not the hardware specs, but the software that makes it targeted toward devs? So is DELL going to make a sort of Ubuntu Distro (in combination with Canonical), similar to Ubuntu Studio, except for devs?

It's partially hardware, so it comes with 4gb of RAM and an SSD already. Thin and light.

It's not a different distro, it's currently 12.04 with a few hardware enablement patches that aren't in 12.04 yet (but should be in the distro in the next few weeks).

http://bartongeorge.net/2012/05/07/introducing-project-sputnik-developer-laptop/

for more info on what extra packages they've added to their build.

thatguruguy
May 12th, 2012, 01:54 AM
It's partially hardware, so it comes with 4gb of RAM and an SSD already. Thin and light.

It's not a different distro, it's currently 12.04 with a few hardware enablement patches that aren't in 12.04 yet (but should be in the distro in the next few weeks).

http://bartongeorge.net/2012/05/07/introducing-project-sputnik-developer-laptop/

for more info on what extra packages they've added to their build.

This is all just really, really cool.

Copper Bezel
May 12th, 2012, 08:49 AM
It's cool, but I don't think I can come to terms with an OEM install that doesn't ship with proper drivers for the trackpad. I mean, as a fan, I have to find any OEM install a little heartening. As a consumer, though, I expect that the benefit of an OEM install is having some promise that the product actually works.

neu5eeCh
May 12th, 2012, 01:16 PM
It's partially hardware, so it comes with 4gb of RAM and an SSD already. Thin and light.

It's not a different distro, it's currently 12.04 with a few hardware enablement patches that aren't in 12.04 yet (but should be in the distro in the next few weeks).

http://bartongeorge.net/2012/05/07/introducing-project-sputnik-developer-laptop/

for more info on what extra packages they've added to their build.

Interesting. Thanks for the link. Where did you find the hardware specs?

georgelappies
May 12th, 2012, 04:43 PM
Looking forward to these laptops. Definitely would consider getting one.

neu5eeCh
May 12th, 2012, 08:51 PM
Looking forward to these laptops. Definitely would consider getting one.

So... out of curiosity... is that because you're a developer or because you like Dells with Ubuntu preinstalled?

georgelappies
May 12th, 2012, 09:44 PM
So... out of curiosity... is that because you're a developer or because you like Dells with Ubuntu preinstalled?

Both but mainly the second reason. If Dell see that there is a demand for quality machines preloaded with Ubuntu and all the hardware is properly supported (including proper sleep and suspend modes) they will be more likely to bring out similar machines in the future.

We need to support companies willing to support Linux...