“One of the benefits of the direction that’s been taken with the
next release of Ubuntu is that there is no longer a need for a
separate netbook edition. The introduction of the new shell for
Ubuntu means that we have a user interface that works equally well
whatever the form factor of the PC. And the underlying technology
works on a range of architectures including those common in
netbook, notebooks, desktops or whatever you choose to run it on.
Hence the need for a separate version for netbooks is removed.
“To be clear, this is the opposite of us withdrawing from the
netbook market. In fact looking at the download figures on
ubuntu.com interest in netbooks is not only thriving but