Dell Expands Project Sputnik, Open Source Linux Laptop

Dell introduced the first Project Sputnik laptop just short of a year ago, and released an upgraded version a few months later. Now, the company has announced the availability of a new, third-generation edition featuring enhanced hardware specifications, including touch support.

As a high-end machine that is powered by Ubuntu Linux and comes with cloud programming tools built in to the software stack, the Sputnik laptop’s target audience is developers. That may seem like a small niche, but Dell continues to support the small Project Sputnik team as the initiative nears its first birthday — and is also adding new members. Project leader Barton George recently announced that the company has assembled “an intrepid group of developers and architects within Dell” to support further development.