Earlier this year Canonical announced that it was working on a light-weight version of Ubuntu Linux designed to work as a quick-boot OS option. It’s called Ubuntu Light, and like Splashtop or HyperSpace, the idea is that you can run the OS on the same computer as Windows or another fuller-feature operating system. Then at boot you have the choice of booting Ubuntu Light, which should take around 10 to 20 seconds, or Windows , which might take closer to a minute.
We haven’t really heard much about Ubuntu Light for a while, but now it looks like Dell is shipping the quick-boot OS with the Inspiron M101z portable notebook. I didn’t notice the software on the M101z I reviewed a few months ago, so it looks like this might be a recent addition.
Ubuntu Light includes a web browser and some other apps — but last I heard, you couldn’t actually add and remove apps, which is part of the reason the OS boots faster than a full version of Ubuntu Linux.
I’m not entirely sold on the whole quick-boot OS, because most people I know use the sleep or hibernate functions on their computers more often than they completely shut them down — and you can often resume from sleep much faster than it takes even a quick-boot OS to load. But if you’re interested in Ubuntu Light, it looks like the Dell M101z is one of the first machines to ship with it preinstalled.
There’s also a downloadable recovery disc, but it’s designed to work only with the Dell Inspiron M101z.
via Netbook News and OMG Ubuntu