If you thought the Asus Eee PC’s 25-30 second boot time was impressive, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Canonical marketing director Gerry Carr tells Laptop Magazine that Ubuntu Netbook Remix will boot in just 5-10 seconds.
Ubuntu Netbook Remix is a custom version of Ubuntu designed for low cost, low power laptops like the Eee PC, MSI Wind, or Acer Aspire One. Basically, it’s a full version of Ubuntu, with a program launcher application designed for small screens. The operating system will also feature boot optimizations and will be designed to take advantage of the power saving features of the Intel Atom processor, although the Carr didn’t exactly rule out the possibility that Ubuntu Netbook Remix could be available for other processors in the future.
Canonical is working with computer makers to preload the software on laptops before they ship out. In fact, it looks like Laptop Mag’s Joanna Stern spotted a Gigabyte M912 at Computex that was already running the operating system, which isn’t slated for a full release until later this year.
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