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Dell Has A New Dedicated Landing Page For Ubuntu And RHEL-Certified Linux Desktops And Laptops

For those of you following the Project Sputnik initiative — a project within Dell to offer and promote a premium range of Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise Linux-certified systems — you’ve probably had one chief complaint. Finding these systems hasn’t been the most intuitive process. Searches on Dell.com can often lead to completely unrelated items, and sometimes it’s difficult to find Developer Edition versions of the XPS 13 or Precision Mobile Workstations, for example. That changes today, as Dell has launched a dedicated landing page for its developer-focused Linux desktops and laptops.

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You can check out the new page using 3 different vanity URLs:

In a recent interview with Dell’s Project Sputnik lead Barton George, I learned that increasing the overall visibility of these Linux systems is of paramount importance.

Right now you’ll be able to find the entire lineup of XPS 13 Developer Edition and Precision Mobile Workstation laptops, as well as 6 different Precision Tower Workstation desktops.

“We had an old landing page from the very beginning for Project Sputnik, but it wasn’t going to win any beauty awards,” George says. “This new page fits right in with the existing Dell.com responsive template and it looks much slicker. We’d like to grow this over time, because we have more than 160 platforms that ship with Linux.”

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However, George reminds us that every server Dell ships is also enabled for Linux, and eventually the company wants a dedicated page for those as well.

“We want to sell them, customers want to buy them, and putting friction in the way doesn’t help anyone,” George tells me.

Dell is also working on improving search functionality so that when you search for these Linux systems they’ll bubble to the top more readily. (During our interview I searched for “Developer Edition” at Dell.com and was met with Lexmark printer cartridges.)

All of the systems available at Dell.com/linux come with Canonical and Red Hat certification.

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However, it appears Dell still has work to do allowing customers to actually choose Linux as the operating system on these machines. From the new landing page, I selected the recently released XPS 13 7390 with Intel 10th-gen Core i5 CPU, clicked on “View Details” and was met with only two choices for pre-installed operating systems: Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro.

That being said, this is a wonderful step toward increasing visibility of these systems. The XPS 13 Developer Edition ran Ubuntu so well out of the box, that it was the main catalyst in my permanent switch from Windows to Linux.


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