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The New XPS 13 Developer Edition Now Officially Available

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When you think of languages, are Spanish, French or Japanese not what comes to mind?

Would you like to code on the “sexiest ultrabook on the market?”

If so, then have we got a laptop for you!

Our new XPS 13 which was a CES Innovation Award Honoree and garnered awards from Reviewed.com, Digital Trends, LAPTOP, and so many others that naming them could take up this whole post, is now officially available in our Ubuntu-based developer edition.

TechRadar says with a speedy Broadwell chip, the new developer edition of XPS 13 even “elevates it above the heavily praised consumer edition.”

The previous developer edition of XPS 13, began its life as Project Sputnik, and fans of it have been anxiously awaiting the latest. Many eagle eyes spotted when it recently soft launched on Dell.com.

“Funded by an internal incubation fund set up to drive innovation within Dell, Sputnik went from open-ended exploratory project to official product within nine months,” explains Barton George, our internal developer advocate who came up with the Sputnik idea.

When the new XPS 13 launched earlier this year, the logical question was would there be a developer edition of it, as well? That answer was yes, but it took out teams some time to work through a few things to ensure that it would be the best possible experience for those who purchased it. There were issues with the touchpad and a repeating keystroke that took longer to address than we, and others, would have liked, and we thank everyone for their patience and assistance – especially those who contribute to our Project Sputnik forum.

“These laptops aren’t necessarily just for developers, as anyone can buy them,” Chris Hoffman noted earlier this year in PCWorld. “But many developers do want high-quality Linux hardware that will work without any hassles, and that’s who Dell is targeting with these laptops.”

Find more details on the configurations, availability by country and technical notes on George’s personal blog. You can also learn more about the Sputnik story in this presentation he recently gave at  HackDFW, a student hackathon in Dallas.

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