EasyPeasy and the Challenges of Linux Netbook Design
Apr 27, 2010, 16:33 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Netbook desktops in free and open source software
(FOSS) are in a state of rapid development. Should a netbook be
treated as more as a mobile device than as a laptop? Should
developers assume that netbooks are used for light computing such
as social networking, rather than for productivity? These are just
two of the questions whose answers affect the design of any netbook
"However, you would have to search long and hard to find any
distribution that answers such questions as openly as the EasyPeasy
distribution does in its 1.6 release candidate (RC).
"An Ubuntu-based distribution begun as a collection of scripts
called Ubuntu Eee in December 2007, EasyPeasy makes its design
philosophy clear right from its name. If you miss the pun of
"EasyPeasy" / "Easy PC," its logo is a lemon slice, visually
completing the slang expression "easypeasy, lemon squeezy" for
something that is very easy to do.
"Moreover, if you go to the project's home page, and the first
words you read are, "Your netbook is not a typical laptop,so why
should you use a traditional operating system? Get EasyPeasy, the
new netbook OS that makes surfing the web fast, fun and easy!" And,
immediately after, the home page states, "Open source netbook OS'
should not be limited to open source applications.""