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16 February 2009, 13:42

Xandros Linux for netbooks with ARM Cortex-based CPUs

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At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Xandros has introduced a port of its Linux operating system for the i.MX525 SoC processor from Freescale's i.MX51 family. The processor is intended for netbooks that will compete with Intel's Atom platform in the netbook and nettop market.

Xandros is promoting the system's short start-up time and low power consumption. They are also reporting that its 3G wireless support is particularly stable – which isn't only interesting for mobile internet access, but also for the potential future use of the Linux system on smartphones. Another pointer in this direction is that the entire system can reportedly be operated with a keyboard, as well as via a touch screen.

A browser, e-mail client, a Microsoft-compatible office suite and games will reportedly be available for download at an on line applications store. Various branding features are planned for network providers and networking suppliers.


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