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09 June 2009, 15:02

xPUD 0.9 released

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The xPUD developers have announced the release of version 0.9 of xPUD, a fast, lightweight, Ubuntu-based Linux distribution with a simple web-based user interface. The new release includes several improvements and new features, including an updated Wi-Fi and Ethernet network manager.

Version 0.9 of xPUD uses an experimental web-based user interface (UI) for mobile devices, xPUD call "plate", that's composed of four activity-based tabs, including the Home Screen, Application Menu, File Browser and Settings control panel. The interface is based on a combination of Mozilla Gecko Runtime and integration with the underlying Linux stack. Several basic applications, such as the Firefox web browser, the Transmission BitTorrent client, a media player and a text editor are included.

xPUD 0.9 has been tested on several netbooks, including the ASUS Eee PC, Acer Aspire One, MSI Wind, Lenovo IdeaPad and Dell Mini 9. Because of the small size of the distribution, it includes a limited set of drivers, however, a set of additional drivers are available that can be installed to expand hardware support. xPUD includes translations for English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.

More details about the release can be found in the original release announcement. Version 0.9 of xPUD is available to download as a 51MB ISO file. xPUD can also be installed to a USB flash drive to create a LiveUSB installation by using UNetbootin on either Windows or Linux.


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