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Dell to install Linux on ultrabooks

23 July 2012

Dell has decided to power its ultrabooks with the Ubuntu Linux 12.04LTS operating system. The new line of ultrabooks will only be available in certain geographic regions, in what Dell calls its ‘Project Sputnik’ with its aim of creating a laptop based for developers. Dell say it will allow developers, “to create ‘microclouds’ on their laptops…and then deploy that environment seamlessly to the cloud.” Barton George, project Sputnik lead and director Dell’s web vertical marketing also said, “Since we announced project Sputnik a little over two months ago, we have continued to be amazed by the amount and quality of interest and input we have received.”

Linux had been used on Dell laptops up until 2010 when it lost favor with it citing user confusion over using the OS. Ubuntu will come pre-installed on the high end XPS 13 Ultrabook, which has 13.3 inch screen with Gorilla Glass, 4GB of RAM, an Intel Core i7 processor, 256GB solid state hard drive and made from aluminum and carbon fiber to make it light as possible, so it will be for power users.


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