Ubuntu deal in drive for ARM-based netbooks

ARM and Canonical are to work on a port of the Ubuntu Desktop operating system to the ARMv7 processor architecture. The aim is to push the ARM architecture into netbooks and hybrid computers as an alternative to the Intel Atom.

“The release of a full Ubuntu desktop distribution supporting latest ARM technology will enable rapid growth, with internet everywhere, connected ultra portable devices,” said Ian Drew, vice president of marketing at ARM. “The always-on experience available with mobile devices is rapidly expanding to new device categories such as netbooks, laptops and other internet connected products. Working with Canonical will pave the way for the development of new features and innovations to all connected platforms.”

“This is a natural development for Ubuntu, driven by the demand from manufacturers for an ARM technology-based version,” said Jane Silber, COO of Canonical.

ARMv7 architecture processors include the ARM Cortex-A8 and Cortex-A9. The Ubuntu ARM distribution for desktops and netbooks will be available from April 2009.

Canonical launched a version of Ubuntu aimed at mobile internet devices in the summer.

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