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05 June 2008, 15:16

Ubuntu for netbooks

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Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, has introduced a version of Ubuntu that is specially designed for netbooks – mini notebooks modelled on the Eee PC – that are being presented by various providers at Computex. Ubuntu Netbook Remix is designed to run on devices equipped with Intel's Atom processor. It builds upon the Linux technology for mobile internet devices designed by Intel and others within the framework of the Moblin project. The system, slated for release in late summer, will look similar to the normal Ubuntu desktop, but the program launcher will be adapted to a lower resolution more suited to mini-notebok displays, making it easy for users to start key applications.

Canonical stated that they are already working with hardware manufacturers, but the company did not name names. Still, it appears that Intel is on-board. Intel boss Paul Otellini has emphasized that the next generation of mobile internet devices will run Linux. Xandros has also announced a new version of its Linux, optimized for Atom systems – the company also had the benefit of Atom-optimised Linux support thanks to the Moblin Project. Asus offers the Xandros system or Windows as the operating system for the Eee PC 901.


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