One of the goals for the upcoming Ubuntu 9.10 release is to provide a better experience for netbook users who want to use Linux. Ubuntu 9.10 is a ways off – Canonical is going to be releasing 9.04 in April of this year, while 9.10 will be released sometime in October. In addition to discussing ways to improve Ubuntu in the 9.10 release, Mark Shuttleworth is also inviting netbook owners to try out 9.04 and Netbook Remix:
The goal for Jaunty on a netbook is 25 seconds, so letâ€™s see how much faster we can get you all the way to a Koala desktop. Weâ€™re also hoping to deliver a new login experience that complements the graphical boot, and works well for small groups as well as very large installations.
For those of you who can relate to Mini Me, or already have a Dell Mini, the Ubuntu Netbook Edition will be updated to include all the latest technology from Moblin, and tuned to work even better on screens that are vertically challenged. With millions of Linux netbooks out there, we have been learning and adapting usability to make the Koala cuddlier than ever. We also want to ensure that the Netbook Remix installs easily and works brilliantly on all the latest netbook hardware, so consider this a call for testing Ubuntu 9.04 if youâ€™re the proud owner of one of these dainty items.
Where that leaves third-party distributions designed for netbooks/ultraportables that are based on Ubuntu remains to be seen. Given that most of those, such as Easy Peasy, focused on the user interface and applications, it should be quite a boost to them, since they can take the performance improvements from 9.10 and combine them with their interface and application updates.