A few months back we heard of Project Sputnik from Dell, which for those who missed it, that was a test period in which the company was going to trial selling Ubuntu based ultrabooks. And well, it looks like the project was a success and a limited amount of Ubuntu running ultrabooks will be available from Dell.
“Originally a six-month exploratory pilot to create an Ubuntu®-based developer laptop, Dell is taking Project Sputnik from pilot to product this fall.”
The first model that will be available is the XPS 13 and the notebook will come with Ubuntu 12.04LTS. This Ubuntu running XPS 13 will be available in “select” (and still unspecified) geographies. Simply put, this appears to be a way of saying the Dell will not be selling these notebooks on a global basis. Still, it would will be nice to learn where they will be coming available. Of course, we suspect that most users that want Linux are able to do so on their own. Then again, we can only hope that these Ubuntu running XPS 13 notebooks are going to be selling for a bit less as compared to their Windows counterparts. After all, they should not have the Windows tax.
Otherwise, the XPS 13 feature set includes options for an Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor and up to 256GB of SSD storage along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, a mini DisplayPort and a 47Whr battery. Lastly, the XPS 13 measures in at 12.4 x 8.1 x 0.71 inches and weighs in at right around 3 pounds.