Ubuntu Wants to ‘Bring the Sexy Back’ to Netbooks (Specifically ARM-based Netbooks)


ubuntu netbook edition arm reference design

Attached here is a demo of Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.07 for ARM processors running on a 1Ghz Freescale i.MX51 Pegatron netbook reference design. UNE 10.07 (releasing this July) will support Cortex-A8multi-core A9 processors and will take full advantage of ARM’s multimedia processing and power efficiencies. UNE — though not mentioned in the video here — will also probably be getting multi-touch support like its x86 UNE brother in 10.10 at some point in the near future as well. So what do you think? Would you buy a sub-$200 or $300, fanless, 10+ hour battery life netbook over an Intel Atom netbook or ARM-based tablet? I’m already a fan of Ubuntu 10.04 on the desktop, so seeing the netbook remix of Ubuntu instead of a mobile OS on an ultra-thin, power sipping device like this hits the sweet spot for me.

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Credit: ARMdevices.net




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