Dell will be launching an open source laptop targeted for developers, called Sputnik, that will run Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin).
George Barton, Director of Marketing for Dell’s Web vertical within the Global Vertical group, has made this announcement on his blog.
The laptop will be based on an existing version Dell’s XPS13, the cheapest version of three. It's not clear what processor will use, the 2nd Generation Intel Core i5-2467M or 2nd Generation Intel Core i7-2637M processor, but I'm sure more details will surface soon.
George also explained the reason why Dell chose to go with Ubuntu 12.04. “I should also add that Ubuntu was a natural choice not only because of its popularity in the Web world but Dell has quite a bit of experience with it. In fact Dell has enabled and pre-installed out-of-the-factory Ubuntu on more computer models than any other OEM.”
He also stated that the install image Sputnik contains drivers and patches for hardware enablement, a basic offering of key tools and utilities, and soon, a software management tool to go out to a github repository to pull down various developer profiles.
The prices have yet to be announced.