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Update: There won’t be a tablet-specific version of Ubuntu after all

Ubuntu is probably one of the most popular Linux distributions available today, and it’s certainly one of the highest profile. So when there seemed to be an indication that a tablet-specific version of Ubuntu was on the way a few days ago, the news was widely reported on this site and many others. But it […]

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Canonical prepping a tablet-friendly version of Ubuntu Linux

Correction: Mark Shuttleworth says there was a misunderstanding, and that Canonical will not be developing a version of Ubuntu built just for tablets. While there are very few tablet PCs in mass production today, the successful launch of the Apple iPad has dozens of companies planning to enter the tablet space. And that has software […]

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Ubuntu Light: Netbook operating system boots in 7 seconds

Ubuntu is a full-fledged Linux distribution that provides all the tools you’ve come to expect from a desktop operating system, including a web browser, office suite, communication and security features, and the ability to run thousands of third party apps. But like Windows, OS X, or any other desktop operating system, it can take a […]

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Dell to offer Mini 10v netbook with Moblin Linux… starting tomorrow

Dell offers the Inspiron Mini 10v netbook with a choice of Windows XP or Linux. Starting tomorrow morning you’ll also be able to pick up a special developer edition running pre-release Moblin Linux software. To be exact, it will be running something called Ubuntu Moblin Remix Developer Edition, and as you may have guessed that […]

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Dell ponders Chrome OS, Moblin for future netbooks

Dell has been offering a Linux option for its netbooks pretty much since day one. The company’s 9 and 10 inch mini-notebooks each come with a choice of Windows or Ubuntu Linux. Now Dell’s Doug Anson says the company is looking at other options as well, including the Intel-backed Moblin Linux distributions and Google’s upcoming […]

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Xandros, Canonical working on Moblin-based Linux distros for netbooks

Xandros and Canonical are the latest Linux distributions to announce plans to develop versions of their operating systems based on Moblin. The Moblin Linux distribution, which is backed by Intel and managed by the Linux Foundation is a custom version of Linux optimized for Intel Atom powered mini-laptops. It boots quickly, takes advantage of the […]

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Asus: Our Linux netbooks aren’t returned more frequently

There’s been a lot of talk over the last few months about the future of Linux on netbooks. When the OLPC Foundation, Asus, and other early netbook makers decided to preload various Linux distributions instead of Windows on the earliest netbooks, there were a few goals. The OLPC Foundation wanted to embrace open source ideals […]

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MSI, Canonical: Linux-based netbooks returned more often

The other day MSI’s Andy Tung told Laptop Magazine that netbooks running Linux were returned 4 times more often than netbooks running Windows. I took that admission with a grain of salt, because MSI is just one of a number of companies pushing Linux-based netbooks. And MSI is loading SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop on its […]