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Dell’s Ubuntu Ultrabook Now On Sale; Costs $50 More Than Windows Version

November 29th, 2012 11:21 admin View Comments

Linux Business

nk497 writes “Dell’s ‘Project Sputnik’ laptop is now on sale. The XPS 13 Developer Edition comes with Ubuntu 12.04 pre-installed, and costs $1,549 — $50 more than the same model running Windows. The Ubuntu Ultrabook is the result of a skunkworks project to optimise the open-source OS to run on Dell projects, to create better laptops for developers. The idea of the project was to create a laptop for developers, based around ‘the idea that developers are the kings of IT and set the agenda for web companies, who in turn, set the agenda for the whole industry,’ Dell said.” Reader skade88 points out a positive review from Ars Technica.

Source: Dell’s Ubuntu Ultrabook Now On Sale; Costs $50 More Than Windows Version

Would You Put a Tracking Device On Your Child?

October 24th, 2012 10:41 admin View Comments

Security

Hugh Pickens writes “In 2007 businessman Russell Thornton lost his 3-year-old son at an amusement park. After a frantic 45-minute search, Thornton found the boy hiding in a play structure, but he was traumatized by the incident. It spurred him to build a device that would help other parents avoid that fate. Even though most statistics show that rates of violent crime against children have declined significantly over the last few decades, and that abductions are extremely rare, KJ Dell’Antonia writes that with the array of new gadgetry like Amber Alert and the Securus eZoom our children need never experience the fears that come with momentary separations, or the satisfaction of weathering them. ‘You could argue that those of us who survived our childhoods of being occasionally lost, then found, are in the position of those who think car seats are overkill because they suffered no injury while bouncing around in the back of their uncle’s pickup,’ writes Dell’Antonia. ‘Wouldn’t a more powerful sense of security come from knowing your children were capable, and trusting in their ability to reach out for help at the moment when they realize they’re not?’”

Source: Would You Put a Tracking Device On Your Child?

Fragmentation Comes To iOS

September 13th, 2012 09:07 admin View Comments

Android

dell623 writes “While the fragmentation issues in iOS are nowhere near as bad as Android, it can no longer be considered non existent. I have prepared a chart showing which features will be available on which device. While some restrictions are the result of hardware limitations, it is clear that Apple has deliberately chosen to limit some previous generation devices, and figuring this out isn’t always straightforward if you’re not buying the latest iPad or iPhone.”

Source: Fragmentation Comes To iOS

Intel Confirms Decline of Server Giants

September 12th, 2012 09:12 admin View Comments

Intel

An anonymous reader writes “A Wired article discusses the relative decline of Dell, HP, and IBM in the server market over the past few years. Whereas those three companies once provided 75% of Intel’s server chip revenue, those revenues are now split between the big three and five other companies as well. Google is fifth on the list. ‘It’s the big web players that are moving away from the HPs and the Dells, and most of these same companies offer large “cloud” services that let other businesses run their operations without purchasing servers in the first place. To be sure, as the market shifts, HP, Dell, and IBM are working to reinvent themselves. Dell, for instance, launched a new business unit dedicated to building custom gear for the big web players — Dell Data Center Services — and all these outfits are now offering their own cloud services. But the tide is against them.’”

Source: Intel Confirms Decline of Server Giants

PC Makers In Desperate Need of a Reboot

August 27th, 2012 08:50 admin View Comments

HP

nmpost writes in with a story about how hard it is to be a successful PC company in today’s world. “Hewlett-Packard Co. used to be known as a place where innovative thinkers flocked to work on great ideas that opened new frontiers in technology. These days, HP is looking behind the times. Coming off a five-year stretch of miscalculations, HP is in such desperate need of a reboot that many investors have written off its chances of a comeback. Consider this: Since Apple Inc. shifted the direction of computing with the release of the iPhone in June 2007, HP’s market value has plunged by 60 percent to $35 billion. During that time, HP has spent more than $40 billion on dozens of acquisitions that have largely turned out to be duds so far. HP might have been unchallenged for the ignominious title as technology’s most troubled company if not for one its biggest rivals, Dell Inc. Like HP, Dell missed the trends that have turned selling PCs into one of technology’s least profitable and slowest growing niches. As a result, Dell’s market value has also plummeted by 60 percent, to about $20 billion, since the iPhone’s release.”

Source: PC Makers In Desperate Need of a Reboot

Dell To Offer Ubuntu Laptops Again

July 18th, 2012 07:52 admin View Comments

Portables

An anonymous reader writes “TechCrunch reports that Dell will be officially re-entering the Linux laptop market. Beginning this fall, it will sell a ‘developer edition’ of one of its Ultrabooks that comes pre-loaded with Ubuntu 12.04. Dell first started offering computers with Linux installed in 2007, but they dropped the products in 2010. This spring, a skunkworks effort called Project Sputnik was announced, and now, after the completion of a short beta test, the Ubuntu laptops have been given a green light for commercial sale. Canonical has been working alongside Dell to help make this happen.”

Source: Dell To Offer Ubuntu Laptops Again

Dell To Offer Ubuntu Laptops Again

July 18th, 2012 07:52 admin View Comments

Portables

An anonymous reader writes “TechCrunch reports that Dell will be officially re-entering the Linux laptop market. Beginning this fall, it will sell a ‘developer edition’ of one of its Ultrabooks that comes pre-loaded with Ubuntu 12.04. Dell first started offering computers with Linux installed in 2007, but they dropped the products in 2010. This spring, a skunkworks effort called Project Sputnik was announced, and now, after the completion of a short beta test, the Ubuntu laptops have been given a green light for commercial sale. Canonical has been working alongside Dell to help make this happen.”

Source: Dell To Offer Ubuntu Laptops Again

Dell Sheds $2 Billion in Retreat From PC Business

June 13th, 2012 06:59 admin View Comments

Less than a decade has passed since Dell was the gold standard in PC sales. Eschewing retail stores in favor of a website where shoppers could customize their own laptops, Dell offered low-cost, well-designed computers and built a supply chain that was the envy of the industry. Today the company announced a plan to shed $2 billion in expenses, setting the stage for a new round of cutbacks and layoffs. What happened?

In a word: Tablets. Introduced in early 2010, Apple’s iPad signalled a new era in personal computing, one in which the traditional PC appears destined to play an ever more specialized role. The streamlined form factor hit Dell hard in what had always been its core operations: Windows-based desktops and laptops. Asian competitors like Lenovo and Asus also offered stiff competition on the low end of the market.



Founder Michael Dell stepped back into the CEO role to turn things around, pushing the company into software and IT services. But PCs still account for around half of Dell’s sales.



Not for much longer, though. Following a slump in Dell’s share price that has shrunk its market value by a third, Michael Dell told analysts today that the company will cut its costs by $2 billion during the next three years. Bearing the brunt of the cuts: Dell’s once-thriving PC business.



The restructuring will accelerate Dell’s push into IT services, consulting and software, areas of tech already dominated by big names like IBM and HP. Dell described its software business as “modest” but holding more growth potential than its aging PC business. It is capable of making Dell a company “unencumbered by a legacy of old stuff,” he said.



Dell told analysts the tech industry is “constantly in transition.” And so, it seems, is Dell. But it’s one thing to be leading the charge and another to be changing horses just to keep up. With today’s announcement, Dell has shifted decisively from the former to the latter.

Source: Dell Sheds $2 Billion in Retreat From PC Business

Dell To Acquire Wyse

April 3rd, 2012 04:19 admin View Comments

Businesses

New submitter alancronin writes “Computer and IT giant Dell said today it will acquire privately held Wyse Technology, a company that specializes in what it calls ‘cloud client computing.’”

Source: Dell To Acquire Wyse

Dell Announces Intent To Acquire SonicWALL

March 13th, 2012 03:05 admin View Comments

Businesses

New submitter iroc_eater writes with news of an announcement from Dell that it plans to acquire SonicWall, a security services provider. “SonicWall’s technology detects and protects networks from intrusions and malware attacks, and helps protect data. Dell is buying services and software businesses as the PC market faces competition from smartphones and tablets. Last month, the company hired CA Inc. Chief Executive Officer John Swainson to oversee the software push, and today he said security is an important part of that strategy. ‘My goal is to make software a meaningful part of Dell’s overall portfolio, so that means that this is not the last thing you’re going to see from us,’ Swainson said.”

Source: Dell Announces Intent To Acquire SonicWALL

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