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Dell's New Sputnik 3 Mates Touchscreen With Ubuntu 166

ClaraBow writes "I find it interesting that Dell has started selling a thin and light touchscreen laptop called the XPS 13 Developer Edition, which will have Ubuntu Linux OS and Intel's fourth-generation Core processors, code-named Haswell. The laptop, code-named Sputnik, has a 13.3-inch touchscreen and will run on Ubuntu 12.04 OS. It is priced starting at $1,250 and is available in the U.S." One thing I wish was addressed in the blog post announcing this newest entry in the Sputnik line, or its listed specs (bad news beats not knowing, in this case), is battery life.
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Dell's New Sputnik 3 Mates Touchscreen With Ubuntu

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  • by Kjella ( 173770 ) on Saturday November 16, 2013 @07:58PM (#45445475) Homepage

    It's from a major OEM, it runs Linux which hopefully means it has Linux-friendly hardware and good Linux drivers. That's enough to be newsworthy on slashdot, which still hopes Linux will overtake the market share of such gems as Windows Vista and Windows 8 ;)

  • $110 Windows tax (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 16, 2013 @08:09PM (#45445523)

    The cost of the machine is $110 less than an otherwise identical XPS 13 with Windows 8.

  • Re:OR System76 (Score:4, Informative)

    by boorack ( 1345877 ) on Saturday November 16, 2013 @08:18PM (#45445567)

    Expandable at least. You can plug in two standard SO-DIMM chips, one m-SATA drive and one 2.5" 7mm drive. It also has 14.4" full-HD screen, big enough to use its full resolution (not retina-like ultra-high pixel density where image has to be enlarged 2x, so you get half the resolution). I'm curious about its reliability.

    I'm using Asus UX-32VD which has similiar characteristics (notably it has one standard SO-DIMM slot and one standard 7mm 2.5" drive, despite its slim ultrabook-like look). Sometimes I need a bit more power and bigger screen (being "in the field", not at my desk), so standard PC does not count. I would like to see expandable 15"-16" ultrabook with 2576x1600 resolution (three columns of code plus sidebar!) and quad core processor. Ideally with one or two mSATA slots and one 2.5" bay and at least two SO-DIMM slots. Pixel density would be the same as in UX-31, so with good quality IPS display one would use every last bit of it. Something like Asus UX-51 but with better resolution and expandable. This would be terribly setup for techies, programmers in particular. Unfortunately, I'm not aware of such product - unlike desktop PCs where one can built one's own system from scratch, everyone is on vendors mercy when it comes to notebooks or ultrabooks.

  • by H0p313ss ( 811249 ) on Saturday November 16, 2013 @08:50PM (#45445693)

    sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop ?

  • by Teun ( 17872 ) on Saturday November 16, 2013 @09:05PM (#45445749) Homepage
    This being a touch screen I might go for one of the more suited KDE offerings like plasma-active or even the netbook layout.

    But hey, I can install more than one and at the login prompt I select the specific desktop that suits me best :)

  • Re:Battery Life (Score:4, Informative)

    by SeanBlader ( 1354199 ) on Saturday November 16, 2013 @09:35PM (#45445885)
    The prior XPS13 with Linux would get 6 hours easy, this one with a haswell chip should get 8 at a minimum.

I've noticed several design suggestions in your code.