Ubuntu Netbook Edition

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Ubuntu Netbook Edition
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Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) Netbook Edition
Company / developer Canonical Ltd. / Ubuntu Foundation
OS family Unix-like
Working state Merged into desktop edition from Ubuntu 11.04.1 End of life as a separate OS.
Source model Free and open source software
Latest release 10.10 / October 10, 2010 (2010-10-10)2
Available in Multilingual
Update method APT (front-ends available)
Package manager dpkg (front-ends like Synaptic available)
Supported platforms IA-32
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
Default user interface GNOME + Unity
License Mainly the GNU GPL / Various others

Ubuntu Netbook Edition (UNE), known as Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR) prior to the release of Ubuntu 10.04,345 was a version of Ubuntu that had been optimized to enable it to work better on netbooks and other devices with small screens or with the Intel Atom CPU.

UNE was available starting with Ubuntu release 8.04 ("Hardy Heron"). UNE was also an optional preinstalled operating system (OS) on some netbooks such as Dell Inspiron Mini 10v and the Toshiba NB100, and also ran on popular models such as the Acer Aspire One and the Asus Eee PC.

Canonical, the developers of Ubuntu, are collaborating with Moblin project to ensure optimization for lower hardware requirements and longer battery life.6

Beginning with version 10.10, Ubuntu Netbook Edition used the Unity desktop as its desktop interface. The classic netbook interface was available in Ubuntu's software repositories as an option.78

Because Ubuntu's desktop edition has moved to the same Unity interface as the netbook edition, starting with Ubuntu 11.04, the netbook edition has been merged into the desktop edition.1

Installation

UNE could be installed in several ways:

  • by first installing the regular Ubuntu package, then adding the UNE repository9 and installing the relevant packages. Starting with Ubuntu 10.04, the packages are available on main repositories.
  • by downloading UNE directly from the Ubuntu server, as either a .iso or .img file and writing the file to a USB stick (using Ubuntu Live USB Creator or UNetbootin) or CD.
  • an option to install via the Wubi installer is available for the 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" release.10

Unity

UNE 10.10 running on an Asus Eee netbook

Starting with UNE 10.10, the interface was switched to Unity. Due to the desktop version of Ubuntu also being changed to the Unity interface, the netbook edition was rolled into the general Ubuntu distribution starting with Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal and the netbook edition was discontinued as a separate distribution.1

Variants

Dell Ubuntu Netbook Edition is built specifically for the hardware profile of the Inspiron Mini 9, and is also available for the Inspiron Mini 12. It includes a custom built interface and launcher as well as non-free codecs such as MPEG-4 and MP3. It began shipping on September 22, 2008.11

EasyPeasy is considered to be among the first UNE-based distributions, with a focus on the usage of proprietary software like Skype by default and also integrating a set of different standard applications and drivers.citation needed

Specifications

Minimum System Requirements12
Processor RAM Storage
1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor 512 MB RAM 4 GB Flash disk (SSD) or hard disk

Ubuntu Netbook Edition installed and ran correctly on the original Celeron M 900 MHz Asus Eee PC, but performance and graphical displays were hindered in comparison to Atom-based netbooks.citation needed

Applications

Standard

Optional

Codecs for OEMs

Other

Devices

Ubuntu Netbook Edition was officially shipped with the following netbooks:

  • Sylvania G Netbook Meso14
  • Toshiba NB10015
  • System76 Starling Netbook16
  • Dell Mini10v, Mini10, Latitude 2100 & Latitude 2110
  • Advent 4211C
  • Samsung N110
  • ZaReason Terra HD netbook and other ZaReason laptop models17

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Canonical Ltd (December 2010). "Natty Narwhal Alpha 1". Retrieved 03 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Download Ubuntu Netbook Edition". Ubuntu. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  3. ^ "Specs/DesktopLucidUNE - Ubuntu Wiki". Wiki.ubuntu.com. 2009-11-05. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  4. ^ "Rename Ubuntu Netbook Remix to Ubuntu Netbook Edition : Blueprints : Ubuntu". Blueprints.launchpad.net. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  5. ^ [1]dead link
  6. ^ Canonical Ltd (June 2009). "Canonical announces support for Moblin v2". Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  7. ^ Canonical Ltd (August 2011). "Publishing history of “unity” package in Ubuntu". Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  8. ^ Noyes, Katherine (May 2011). "Natty Narwhal: the First Linux for Newbies?". PC World. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "PPA for Ubuntu Netbook Remix Team : “UNR Developers” team". Launchpad.net. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  10. ^ "Discuss how to utilise wubi for UNR : Blueprints : Ubuntu". Blueprints.launchpad.net. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  11. ^ [2]dead link
  12. ^ Netbook Edition Ubuntu System Requirements. Canonical. Retrieved on 2009-11-08.
  13. ^ no longer supported by Songbird, and never featuring in the repository, the last release is available
  14. ^ Welcome to LinuxInsider. Linuxinsider.com. Retrieved on 2009-11-08.
  15. ^ Error Page - Toshiba
  16. ^ Starling NetBook - Ubuntu Linux Laptop - 10 inch - system76, Incdead link. System76.com. Retrieved on 2009-11-08.
  17. ^ Laptops :: ZaReason, Inc.

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