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May 16–17, 2016: Training & Tutorials
May 18–19, 2016: Conference
Austin, TX

The Project Sputnik story: Crowdsourcing a developer laptop

Barton George (Dell)
11:05am–11:45am Thursday, 05/19/2016
Location: Meeting Room 16B
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)

Barton George tells the story of the developer edition of the Dell XPS 13 laptop, which began life as Project Sputnik, a scrappy skunkworks project to pilot an Ubuntu-based cloud developer platform. Thanks to the power of the community, this concept went from project to product in a little over six months. Barton explores the lumps the team took along the way and the five key lessons they learned.

This session is sponsored by Dell.

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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.