Ubuntu Gearing up for Netbooks, Other Mobile Devices

Lora Bentley

Ubuntu is moving further into the mainstream consumer space.


The Linux distro made news last year when parent company Canonical brokered a deal with Dell to preload Ubuntu on certain Dell devices. Since then, Best Buy has begun to sell the Linux distribution, plus an installation guide and 60 days of phone support. Now, Ubuntu and chipmaker ARM have formed a netbook alliance, according to LinuxWorld.


Under the terms of the agreement, Ubuntu developers will create a lightweight version of the operating system to be used on netbooks, and that might be used on mobile phones, the story says.

This version of the Ubuntu Desktop operating system will target the ARMv7 architecture including ARM Cortex-A8 and Cortex-A9 processor-based systems.

ARM VP Ian Drew indicated that an Ubuntu system geared toward ARM technology will allow rapid innovation with always-on, ultramobile devices, the story says. Jan Silber, Canonical COO, says the move is a natural one for Ubuntu.

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Nov 22, 2008 11:41 AM Dell Netbook Dell Netbook  says:
Dell made the right choice to preload Ubuntu on certain Dell devices. The consumer need to get familiar with the operating system, and what better way to start then on a cheap netbook. Windows is sometimes a bit slow and heavy for a netbook. Reply
Nov 26, 2008 10:15 AM John Benedict John Benedict  says:
People have the right to choose! go Ubuntu! thanks Dell! Reply

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