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Ubuntu Netbook Remix vs Moblin

Jan 08, 2010, 17:03 (0 Talkback[s])

"Over the last 12 months, netbook and mobile Linux has made massive advances in features and install base. This is primarily thanks to two netbook distributions - Moblin and Canonical's Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR). Both have built on the massive potential that was unlocked by the Asus Eee PC but led nowhere, as its operating system failed to inspire a new generation of Linux users.

"But now technologies from Google such as Android and Chrome OS are bringing a new wave of innovation to the Linux netbook space, so we thought it was time to take a look at the contenders in the netbook and mobile distro space to see just what's going on. Which netbook distro is right for you? Do they work just as well on desktops? Are Chrome OS or Maemo real contenders? Read on to find out!

"Not just netbooks

"We're going to document the current state-of-the-art in mobile Linux, and uncover the innovation and the technology that has enabled recent developments to happen. And we're going to start with netbooks, as these desirable items are becoming increasingly important.

"Ideally, a netbook OS needs to take into consideration three things: the limited amount of screen space that these devices typically have, the need for applications to be quick and responsive, and fact that these devices have to last as long as possible without being connected to a power source. And this is exactly what both Moblin and Canonical's UNR have been designed to accomplish."

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