Connecting the client to the cloud - The Sputnik Story

Barton George (Dell), Michael Coté (Dell)
Location: F150 Audience level: Intermediate
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Project Sputnik was born of the idea to create an Ubuntu based laptop targeted specifically at developers. The project, which was made possible by an internal incubation fund, was announced last OSCON as an upcoming offering and now is a reality.

This session will discuss, how thanks to the power of the community, this concept went from project to product in a little over 6 months. It will go into the two key software projects tied to the effort, the Cloud Launcher and the Profile tool:

The Cloud Launcher: The Cloud Launcher utilizes either JuJu or Chef to launch an entire application environment that has been modeled in LXC to the cloud and then grow or tweak that environment.

The Profile tool: The idea behind the profile tool is that a community library of development stacks or “language profiles” can be accessed and then installed on your laptop as you need new languages.

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Barton George


Barton George is a senior technologist in the office of the CTO focusing on Dell’s efforts in the DevOps space as well as the open source community. Barton is the founder and lead of Project Sputnik, an Ubuntu-based laptop for developers, now in its fifth generation. Besides working with developers, customers, analysts, and press, he does a fair amount of blogging and tweeting. Prior to Dell, Barton spent 13 years at Sun Microsystems in a variety of roles from manufacturing to product and corporate marketing. His last three years there were spent as an open source evangelist, avid blogger, and driver of Sun’s GNU/Linux strategy and relationships. Barton began his professional career with a four-year stint in Tokyo with Sony working with ISVs for their UNIX-based “NEWS” workstation. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Barton headed east for higher education, attending Williams College and Harvard Business School. He happily resides with his three kids in Austin, TX.

Michael Coté


Cote leads cloud strategy at Dell. Prior to that he was in corporate strategy at Dell focusing on software.

Before joining Dell Cote was an analyst at Redmonk and prior to that, a developer at BMC.


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