Dell's Barton George has been on a crusade to change how Linux is perceived by both consumers and developers. Six years ago Dell granted George and his team a $40K innovation fund and some freedom to launch a Linux-powered laptop aimed at developers, that would be developed in the open with feedback from the community. This of course became Project Sputnik and began with the outstanding Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, a laptop designed to "just work" out of the box with Ubuntu. I recently spoke at length to George and his team about the initiative and asked him some pressing questions about Project Sputnik and Dell's Linux efforts in general
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