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Ubuntu Netbook Remix is a custom user interface for the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution designed to play well with laptops with small screens. Instead of dealing with a panel and a series of drop down menus, Ubuntu Netbook Edition has a series of categories on the left side. Click on Accessories, Games, Internet, Office, or another category to bring up a series of large icons for accessing the associated programs and settings. It’s also tweaked with optimizations for Intel Atom processors.

All in all, it’s a pretty decent UI for netbooks, if not quite as slick and polished as the default Moblin user interface. But what’s with the “Remix” thing in the name? A remix is described as a “respun” version of the operating system “built for a specific purpose.” In other words, it’s not quite as full-featured, or fully supported as an “Edition.”

But now it looks like the folks at Canonical are getting ready to help Ubuntu Netbook Remix graduate to Ubuntu Netbook Edition status. According to the Blueprint for Ubuntu 10.04, it’s time to drop the Remix. That could mean that Ubuntu Netbook Remix would be considered a complete version of Ubuntu, with more frequent builds and additional support. Or it could just be a new name for an existing product.

via OMG Ubuntu

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5 replies on “Ubuntu Netbook Remix to be redubbed Ubuntu Netbook Edition”

  1. Remix sounds sort of imprecise and could be pronounced rem-ix if someone was unfamiliar with the term. I like Netbook Edition better, but more important, maybe it’ll get more attention now and start having less problems with kernel updates, etc.

  2. Time for Ubuntu (including Netbook version) to drop the MONO – as MONO infringes on Microsoft .NET Patents (only Novell has a deal with Microsoft for their users) and any Ubuntu user who uses Ubuntu WITH MONO that is built-in, is in danger of this hidden legal Intellectual Property hazard. No business with proper legal advise will go near Ubuntu as long as MONO is part of Ubuntu.

    1. What does your rant even have to do with the renaming of UNR? Go complain somewhere that deals with the issue of MONO and Ubuntu. 🙂

  3. I think netbook edition sounds way better than netbook remix. When I hear the word ‘remix’, I think music and not computers.

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