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News] On Ubuntu 8.10 Maturity, Mobility and Guide for OLPC XO

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Ubuntu 8.10 Shows Linux OS Is Now Mature, Preludes Mobile Platform

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| Canonical released Ubuntu 8.10 (or Intrepid Ibex to stick to its project 
| codename) and it is not hard to see that the leading Linux distribution is 
| now evolving into a fully fledged contender to MacOSX and Windows Vista.  
| The new version of the OS - build using v2.6.27 of the Linux Kernel and Gnome 
| 2.24 - can be freely downloaded from dozens of file servers worldwide and is 
| a major milestone both for the client and desktop versions.  


How to make a Ubuntu 8.04.1 Sugar Live USB system

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|    1. Download the stock ubuntu-8.04.1-desktop-i386.iso and burn it
|    2. Boot from this CD and from there, use LiveUSB to copy the system to USB 
|      stick (use a stick with 1-2 GB capacity as problems have been reported 
|      with larger ones)  
|    3. If you use the persistence option, you need to replace casper/initrd.gz 
|      on the stick with the bugfixed initrd.gz provided here. 
|    4. Add the file sugar.squashfs to the directory casper/ on the USB stick



Ubuntu Netbook Remix on the OLPC XO

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| Ubuntu Netbook Remix is a slick new user interface for Ubuntu on
| sub-notebooks like the Asus eeePC and the OLPC XO. Installing Netbook Remix
| on the XO is not for the faint of heart, but if you're looking to get some
| extra geek points then strap in: it's going to be a long ride.


Otellini: 'MID revolution will be centred round Linux'

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| Intel CEO says Microsoft's insistence on pushing Vista will hand market to
| open source rival
| Intel's CEO has said that he sees the revolution that is about to happen
| around mobile internet devices (MID) such as the Eee PC and other Atom-based
| sub-notebooks will be "centred round Linux", in an interview with Associated
| Press.


A look at Ubuntu Netbook Remix

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| From an educational perspective, an Ubuntu-powered netbook might be a great
| choice for students. These machines are typically quite low priced, making it
| much easier for people to be able to own one themselves. Ubuntu is a well
| supported platform, with thousands of items of software, including Moodle,
| which could be used to construct an offline learning environment if someone
| did not have constant access to the Internet. It is regularly updated with
| new features (but you can also still with a long term stable version if you
| want) keeping it in tune with today's world, unlike the ageing Windows XP
| which was brought out years before most people even had broadband, never mind
| a netbook.


Ubuntu gets the Remix right

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| Shuttleworth's company Canonical is behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution and
| recently announced what it called a Ubuntu Notebook Remix which could be used
| on certain portable internet-centric devices. In the case of Ubuntu, this is
| aimed at devices which are built around Intel's Atom procesor. This, of
| course, is trying to follow in the footsteps of the eeePC which has enjoyed
| success beyond anybody's wildest dreams.


Ubuntu Netbook Remix - Linux's great white hope?

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| Ubuntu Netbook Remix is a version on Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Herron) that's
| optimised for devices with small screens - Netbook is one of several terms
| kicking around to describe small, low-powered PCs.


Hands on with the Ubuntu Netbook Remix

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| Canonical is positioning itself to take the lead on software in the
| subnotebook market, but a big piece of the puzzle is still absent: customers.
| Although Canonical is working closely with Intel on reference designs, there
| is no word yet about potential commercial adopters for the Netbook Remix. No
| major OEMs have revealed plans to use it yet and Canonical is still actively
| looking for new partners in the hardware space. Regardless of whether it gets
| picked up by hardware makers like Asus, it is sure to be a big hit with
| Ubuntu's fans. The fact that so many users are installing the regular desktop
| version of Ubuntu on their Eee laptops is strong indication that there is
| demand for Ubuntu on subnotebooks.


The Ultimate Ultraportable?

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| As I've noted a number of times, I think the appearance of the ultraportable
| platform will provide a huge boost for GNU/Linux among ordinary users, and
| prove to be a watershed in the history of open source. The combination of
| ultraportable form factor with Ubuntu's ease-of-use will only magnify that
| effect. And if the rumours about Dell's new mini Inspiron running Ubuntu
| (presumably the Netbook Remix) prove correct, we could be witnessing the
| birth of the ultimate ultraportable.

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