More Developer Edition Precision Workstations Now Available

Dell’s most powerful 15” and 17” Precision mobile workstations – redesigned to be thinner, lighter and Ready for VR – are now also available pre-loaded with Ubuntu Linux 16.04. This follows the initial announcement back in May, when the Dell Precision 3530 mobile workstation with Ubuntu Linux 16.04 became available.

Dell Precision mobile workstation with Ubuntu Linux

When it comes to pure power, these machines are unmatched. Both feature 8th generation Intel® Core® and Xeon™ Processors with up to 6 cores as well as AMD Radeon™ Pro and NVIDIA® Quadro® professional graphics. And the 17” 7730 is the first Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning mobile workstation available.

“Of particular note is the increased core count and memory,” said Project Sputnik leader Barton George on his blog.“In fact, the maximum memory has doubled to 128GB which helps with cloud developer local workloads. In the case of the 7730, which is the perfect platform for AI developers, it supports up to 8TB of PCIe NVME storage, the most PCIe storage on the market today..”

Project Sputnik began back in 2012 when George came up with the idea to load our super sleek Dell XPS 13 with Ubuntu to give developers the essentials they want. Guided by input from the community the Sputnik team then tailored this system to specifically meet developers’ needs. From there forward it’s been the continued input and feedback from the developer community that has made Project Sputnik a long-term success.

“Canonical have been part of Dell’s Project Sputnik project since Day 1, and over five years later we are excited to see continuous innovation in open source computing solutions,” James Donner noted on their blog. “Canonical’s engineers have collaborated with the team at Dell to guarantee a first-class Ubuntu experience out of the box.”

Our complete Precision mobile workstation portfolio first became available globally with Linux pre-loaded in 2016. To get to the Ubuntu option, simply click on the “Customize & Buy” button on the system you wish to purchase, then click on “more” to see and select Ubuntu Linux in the operating system section.

These newest systems, which represent the fourth generation of the Precision developer editions, have also been Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.5 certified.

“That being said, the AMD and NVIDIA drivers that come with 7.5 are inbox drivers,” said George. “We will be posting drivers for both graphics cards that will include professional features not included in the inbox drivers. Stay tuned.”

Stay tuned also for the developer edition of our thinnest, lightest and smallest 15″ mobile workstation – the Dell Precision 5530. But today, the uber-powerful 7530 and 7730 are now live on dell.com:

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Laura Pevehouse, Laura Pevehouse was profiled as one of five “social media mavens” in the March 2009 issue of Austin Woman Magazine and named an AdWeek’s TweetFreak Five to Follow. She has been part of the Dell organization for more than 15 years in various corporate communications, employee communications, public relations, community affairs, marketing, branding, social media and online communication roles. From 2014-2018, Laura was Chief Blogger/Editor-in-Chief for Direct2DellEMC and Direct2Dell, Dell’s official corporate blog that she help launch in 2007. She is now a member of the Dell Technologies Chairman Communications team. Earlier in her Dell career she focused on Global Commercial Channels and US Small and Medium Business public relations as part of the Global Communications team. Prior to that, she was responsible for global strategy in social media and community management, as well as marcom landing pages, as a member of Dell’s Global SMB Marketing, Brand and Creative team. When she was part of Dell’s Global Online group, Laura provided internal consulting that integrated online and social media opportunities with a focus on Corporate Communications and Investor Relations. She managed the home page of Dell.com, one of the top 500 global web sites in Alexa traffic rank, and first brought web feeds and podcasts to the ecommerce site. In her spare time she led Dell into the metaverse with the creation of Dell Island in the virtual world Second Life. Laura has earned the designation of Accredited Business Communicator from the International Association of Business Communicators, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Louisiana State University. Before joining Dell Financial Services in 2000, she worked at the Texas Workforce Commission and PepsiCo Food Systems Worldwide.