In a sign that HP could be almost ready to start shipping the Linux version of the HP Mini 1000 netbook, the company has made a modest change to the information on its website. Where the HP Mini 1000 with Linux used to be branded as the “MIE Edition” with HP’s custom “Mobile Internet Experience” operating system, HP is now advertising the HP Mini 1000 “Mi Edition.”
The Mobile Internet software is a custom version of Linux built on top of Ubuntu. The goal is to make Linux easy to use for non-techies. HP isn’t the first company to have this thought. Asus uses a custom version of Xandros Linux for Eee PCs with big icons for the most frequently used applications, and Acer uses a version of Linpus Linux Lite for the Acer Aspire One line. But HP’s software has a sleek, multimedia-friendly look to it.
Xavier at Notebooks.com posted a video showing some of the features of the HP Mini 1000 Mi Edition back in October.
via Portable Monkey