Back in May, Canonical announced that shipments of PCs with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed were expected to crack 5 percent of the overall PC market this year. Part of that figure comes from the company's collaboration with Dell on "Sputnik," a project that slaps a developer-friendly, Dell XPS 13-optimized version of Ubuntu on -- you guessed it -- a Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook, complete with all the driver kinks worked out. That project isn't quite ready for the mainstream yet, but Dell recently rolled out a sign-up sheet for developers who want to get in on Linux-licious Sputnik beta testing.
Dell has begun shipping its first ultrabook, making it the latest PC vendor to jump on the ultrabook bandwagon. Announced last month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Dell XPS 13 is now available on the company’s website from $999. To sweeten the deal, Dell is offering a complimentary T-Mobile 4G Hotspot device to early adopters. Hit the jump for details. pters. Hit the jump for details.
Michael Dell’s never met a sound bite hit didn’t want to make, yet when it comes to Ultrabooks, his company’s been playing it cool and quiet, content to wait on the sidelines and size up the competition – until yesterday. Dell finally jumped on the Ultrabook bandwagon late last night with the Dell XPS 13, an ultraportable with – surprise, surprise! – a thin and lightweight build, a quick-waking SSD drive and a long-lasting 8 hour battery. Yeah, the Ultrabook schpiel is yawn-inducing at this point, we know, but Dell’s managed to shove some decent features into the XPS 13.