Netbooks pre-loaded with Ubuntu

Monday, June 9th, 2008

The Canonical OEM team has been approached by a number of OEM’s who want to sell netbooks (small, low-cost laptops with an emphasis on the web) based on Ubuntu. Almost universally, they’ve asked for standard Ubuntu packages and updates, with an app launcher that’s more suited to new users and has the feeling of a “device” more than a PC.

There are some very cool launchers out there – AWN is a current favourite of mine – but people seem to prefer the more 2-dimensional tabbed approach, so the OEM team implemented a lightweight but still very classy launcher for this use case. The work received a detailed review in Ars Technica and has been covered in Free Software Magazine and elsewhere.

The aim was to do something very simple that could be tested easily, work with touch devices and made shippable very quickly. It also needed to be efficient on lower-power devices, and work well with Intel hardware, which seems to be the preferred platform for this generation of devices and allows us to slip a few nice effects in that would be hard without the right hardware support. Here’s a screenshot of a recent version:

The Ubuntu Netbook Remix launcher is laid out for new users

The new launcher is free software – so far, everything Canonical has funded, written and published for general public use on Ubuntu has been under the GPL. Currently we use GPLv3. You can grab the relevant packages from a public PPA, just add the following entry to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/netbook-remix-team/ubuntu hardy main

The PPA contains a number of packages for the launcher, some GNOME panel applets, window manager tweaks and themes. These bits and pieces are small but improve the experience of Ubuntu run with the netbook launcher on screens with lower vertical resolution. There’s also some code in there specific to the Intel netbook hardware platforms, don’t install ume-config-netbook unless you are on the right hardware! This is all code produced by Canonical and published on Launchpad under free software licenses:

https://launchpad.net/netbook-remix
https://launchpad.net/netbook-remix-launcher

I’m particularly happy with the way it gives you more screen space for web browsing, which is probably the major use case on these form factors:

The screen layout is optimised for screens with fewer vertical pixels

There are still plenty of interesting corner cases, Ars calls out issues with the GiMP’s palettes, for example, so please do take the opportunity to test it with the apps you think you’d run on a small laptop (or as El Reg would say, laptot).  And feel free to push up and submit for inclusion a branch or two if you’re up to a bit of Clutter hackery!

For the rest, the netbook remix uses standard ubuntu packages from the standard ubuntu archive, with standard security updates. So it meets all of our usual commitments around security and compatibility. You can recreate the netbook remix just by installing 8.04, adding the PPA to your list of repositories, fetching the packages and configuring them appropriately for your system.

The netbook remix is not part of the “official Ubuntu editions”, it’s not like Kubuntu or Ubuntu or Ubuntu Server. It’s a separate remix published by the Canonical OEM team. It will probably get revved in October when Ubuntu 8.10 is released, but that’s up to the Canonical OEM team and their customers, and not the responsibility of the Ubuntu project team.

In working with manufacturers, the OEM team creates custom install images which are specific to hardware from those OEM’s. They have the free software packages I’ve described, and they may also include third-party software selected by OEM’s which Canonical cannot redistribute, so we can’t publish the custom installers that are produced under contract. Those images typically are hand-customised for a faster boot time, which means they will only work on the particular device for which they were intended, unlike standard Ubuntu which should auto-detect and configure itself for whatever hardware it is being booted on.

We specifically wanted to do this project as an Ubuntu Remix – based on standard Ubuntu 8.04 packages, with modified package selection and some additional code, but leaving the core platform packages unmodified. In terms of the trademark guidelines for an Ubuntu Remix companies cannot call their platform Ubuntu if they have modified packages (especially the kernel and desktop packages) but they can if they are just re-arranging standard Ubuntu packages. Canonical is in a privileged position as the Ubuntu trademark owner – we can certify a custom kernel if we believe it has been done in an appropriate way that won’t conflict with standard Ubuntu maintenance processes, and if we can keep the custom kernel up to date to the same standard as the normal Ubuntu kernel. So these are certified Ubuntu devices from Canonical, even though they are more customized than other people can within the Remix guidelines.

We’re also working with two companies that want more radical user interface innovation. Canonical is participating directly in the design and implementation of one of those UI’s, and we’re integrating someone else’s UI on an Ubuntu base for the second project. I haven’t seen either of those UI’s, for confidentiality reasons, but I’m told that the teams working on them think they have great ideas that will elevate, in different ways, the state of the art. All in all it will be exciting to see how the netbook era stimulates innovation in the Linux user experience, because there are a lot of companies wanting to build differentiated UI’s on a standard Linux base. And directly or indirectly Canonical will help to bring that innovation to KDE and GNOME and hence to the wider Linux ecosystem.

89 comments:

  1. David Taylor says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Interesting stuff. I look forward to buying an Ubuntu Netbook!

    I particularly like the vertical pixel savings, something that I struggle with on my 1280×800 laptop with Ubuntu proper. Most of my browsing is done is ‘full-screen’ mode anyway but it would be nice to see some of these innovations (as options) on its bigger brother.

  2. Beat Wolf says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 10:39 am

    I hope kde won’t be left out. the eeepc uses kde now, i hope this won’t change because of the ubuntu netbooks edition… kde is always second class…

    Mark Shuttleworth says:

    KDE is not second class, in fact some companies specifically approach us because of Kubuntu. To the extent that those engagements are successful, KDE and Kubuntu will be a direct beneficiary. KDE was well-represented at UDS, and I’m sure that Kubuntu will reflect the momentum and energy in the KDE community this year. It’s true – Canonical sometimes leads with work on GNOME. Where we need to pick one, we have generally found it easier to plan around GNOME because of their release cycle, which was the primary driver of the original decision to build Ubuntu around GNOME.

  3. foo says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 11:02 am

    When will this new software be available in Debian?

  4. Anders Runeson says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Please put pressure on the OEM’s for better/free drivers.
    There seems to be a hype among the OEMs for low performance/low price laptops which leads them to Linux, this is a big oppertunity to get better hardware support back to the community. The OEMs in turn can put pressure on their hw suppliers.

    Mark Shuttleworth says:

    Yes, these engagements do give us an opportunity to push for more Linux driver development in the industry in general. The level of awareness of Linux in the component industry seems to be rising as a direct result of this activity. We take the strong view that drivers are best developed in the open and contributed to the mainline kernel. Western companies (Intel in particular) have embraced this approach to good effect, and we hope this leads to a measurable advantage in design wins for those companies. We often find, however, that some companies adopt a proprietary approach initially, then open up as they start to understand the pace of change in Linux and with that appreciate the real benefits to them of openness.

  5. anon says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Thank you for quieting down people who were bitterly complaining that essential proprietary technologies were being shipped.

    Personally, I think it’s either Ubuntu shipping with them, or some other distro shipping with them.

  6. Dan O'Brian says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    What gtk-theme is that in the first screenshot? And is it available for Ubuntu 8.04? I really like that darker “human”-like theme. (wow, I feel so lame asking about gtk-themes when netbooks is the point of this blog post ;-)

  7. Pedro Martínez Juliá says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    This Remix is great but if it will be installed in OEM, the default applications should be pre-conifigures with an “USABLE” configuration, trying to minimize wasted space and distributing their panels for getting the content in the center of the screen. For next releases, ergonomy should be ensured with at least a thousand of final users giving their feedback.

    “With great power comes great respnosibility”. I think Ubuntu has been a catalyst to spread out Linux and FLOSS in the world and it has the responsibility to improve user experience and increase its hardyness (robustness).

  8. Leo Milano says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Mark, I know you can’t give company names. But maybe an estimate of when you expect to see the first netbooks shipped with Ubuntu?

    Many thanks for all the great work!

    Mark Shuttleworth says:

    Sorry, can’t provide names or dates!

  9. Leo Milano says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    By the way, congratulations! I think this is an enormous opportunity for GNU/Linux, because this is where it shines the most: vendors can tweak and adapt Linux to their hardware at their full content. Try this with … whatever closed source OS you may pick out there!

    Maybe this will bring us closer to fix Ubuntu’s bug #1 ;-)

  10. Matt Jones says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    I hope this gets widespread adoption, I have an eee, the standard asus configured xandros is a bit clunky and is of course heavily proprietary. Ubuntu runs nicely, although the standard setup is a a bit ‘big’

  11. Hassan Dibani says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    This is really grate news; congratulation to the Canonical for this great release (i am running it on my 15″ laptop now :) ).
    Is this project also available for translation on Launchpad? I would love to work on an Arabic version of it.

    Mark Shuttleworth says:

    Yes, the templates should be up on LP this week. It would be fantastic to have good translations! It’s a small set of apps so should be quick to translate. Thanks!

  12. Jonathan Lozinski says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    When you say that the revisions are up to the OEM team, does this mean that if we want all the nice features and we dont reinstall, that the updates will work in a similar way to our normal ubuntu experience, but we might not get the update to the next version if there isnt the OEM interest?

    Can you dist-upgrade with 8.10 comes out and keep the proprietry non distributable stuff, or will it need the OEM 8.10 to come out, rather that standard ubuntu?

    Mark Shuttleworth says

    The interaction between this netbook remix, or the really custom images, and dist-upgrade is… undefined. The core distro team remains focused on the standard mobile, desktop and server images. If you have the netbook packages installed from the OEM team from their PPA, and do a dist-upgrade, there’s no guarantee it will all fit together. And OEM’s that are making really heavily customised systems may or may not expose the dist-upgrade-style Ubuntu archives at all – they may not offer dist-upgrade as a feature. Of course, we would encourage OEM’s to make it possible for people to run standard Ubuntu (or a standardised netbook remix) AND to have the ability to jump to newer versions of the platform, but this significantly increases the complexity of certification.

  13. anon says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    @ Dan O’Brian, I think that theme is available from somewhere, but I doubt you’d like it – it makes your fonts be really, really huge and such. I remember trying it before.

  14. Jose Hevia says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Congrats,

    I love the horizontal bar too.

    I use my laptop in 1200h 800w, so I value width space. IMHO screens should be this way for reading (tablet), the standard Steve Wozniak TV design is only good for movies.

  15. Tectonic » An Ubuntu netbook? says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

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  16. Philip Hunt says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Regarding the launcher, may I suggest that each option on it has a keyboard shortcut, perhaps signified by having the relevant key on the option underlined. I’m not a big fan of those little touchpads on laptops, and it’d be nice if you could get all or most of the work done by using the keyboard.

  17. José Luis Ricón says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    If the UNR is widely adopted, people will know more about ubuntu. We would benefit from a “halo effect” (Mac sales rose before the iPod release) and ubuntu downloads would increase. UNR is a great patch for Bug #1!

  18. Azrael Nightwalker says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Wow, I love the idea how the window bar and panel are merged (see nb-remix-ff-notabs.png) – it’s a perfect way to use maximum amount of desktop space! :)

  19. Teb Locke says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Are there any plans for an Edubuntu remix for netbooks? Perhaps too close to OLPC, but I think a netbook configured specifically for school/student use would be beneficial.

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    June 9th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

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  22. Peng’s posts for Monday, 9 June « I’m Just an Avatar says: (permalink)
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  23. oliver says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Looks really nice – having a Ubuntu-based system adjusted for the eee is what I was wishing for :-)

    Btw. after reading many announcements about the Netbook Remix, I’m a bit confused: _will_ it support the old eeepc (model 701), or is it only suitable for Atom hardware? Of course hardware vendors want to sell new machines instead of “software-upgrading” old systems, but I’m not sure what’s Canonicals position is… Will you officially support the eeepc 701, or is that left as a community task?
    Seeing how the community effort for Ubuntu-on-eeepc (eeexubuntu etc.) is fragmented all over the net, I would appreciate if Canonical would be the central point for installing NR on the eee!

  24. Marc says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    That screenshot is 1024×600. The most popular hit for that screen resolution is going to be the new Asus Eee PC 900 with the larger screen. Having Ubuntu on there with full repository access would definitely make me want to buy one.

  25. Rob Parker says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    I perfectly see the point in including Adobe Flash (although its lack of PulseAudio support could be a problem). What I fail to understand is the reasoning behind including Adobe Reader, as Gnome’s Evince is a great PDF (and other formats) reader. Many users coming from Microsoft Windows are often glad to escape this piece of ‘bloated proprietary nag-ware’. Is it the case that Adobe that only allow distribution of Adobe Flash if Adobe Reader is also distributed?

    Mark Shuttleworth says:
    I agree with you about Evince, it would be my preferred PDF reader on Linux at the moment. In general, I would expect systems to ship with it unless the OEM wanted to include Adobe Reader for reasons of their own.

  26. bill-tb says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    This type distribution also seems to fit the ‘old machines’ that most have. Why not make it a standalone distro so that we who are forced to use older machines can have it as one simple download.

  27. 451 CAOS Theory » Ubuntu Remix stirring Linux netbooks says: (permalink)
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  29. rob enderle says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Is it possible to have this in a more Windows friendly taskbar at the bottom look?

    I mean, I know that I can do it in XP by just dragging the taskbar to the top or bottom but is this something that Linux allows?

    Can I have it like I want it or like any other OS, like someone else tells you will like it?

  30. Benjamin Mako Hill says: (permalink)
    June 9th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    I’m glad to see that Canonical is using GPLv3 for this important work.

  31. Taskbar/Titlebar at IT disciple says: (permalink)
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  32. web design company says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 12:45 am

    I’m looking forward to seeing one or more small form factor laptops (laptots!) available with Ubuntu as the standard install, especially if synaptic/apt is left well alone and the standard repos work with the device.

  33. DrYak says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 1:05 am

    Now, the last thing that remains needed to help Linux completely take over the sub-laptop category, is massive effort poured into helping porting casual games to Linux.

    Be it helping Gnash get compatible with most mini-games featured on websites such as newsground.
    Or helping wine people to get more title supported, and helping the game producers organise “Runs on Linux Netbooks too” campaign (similar to all the marketing “Windows XP works on them too” that microsoft is trying to pull recently).
    Or working together with game developers and ports developers (like icculus).
    (and maybe even collaborate with some emulator makers or virtual-machine developer – like ScummVM – to be sure that their engines work flawlessly on sub notebooks)

    I’m not thinking anything in the line of playing Crysis on a Netbook. More a NetBook / EEE PC / whatever version of Sims od simple MMOs like Ragnarok, or whatever player may like to pop in for a couple of minutes.
    If users know that they can have lots of small casual games running on their machine, even if they picked up the more power efficient, beefier and cheaper Linux version, the free(dom) OS, this is really going to see a huge boost of popularity for the penguin. Maybe we’ll finally see that much anticipated “year of the Linux Desktop”… or at least “Linux subnotebook”.

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  36. Wesley Parish says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 2:57 am

    Looks like there’s a bit of work needed on the remix-launcher screen:
    Experience%20ubuntu.ogg

    Unfortunately the sort of person who’ll buy a cheap subnotebook for quick jottings and speedy websurfing while out-n-about, is also going to be panicked by anything suggesting the innards of the beast. I’ve had people ask me if there’s anything wrong when a website or suchlike throws up %[some number].

  37. Ubuntu Look » Netbooks pre-loaded with Ubuntu says: (permalink)
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  38. Bertrand says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 4:41 am

    I’m the kind of end-user that likes simple answers to simple questions :D So here’s my simple question: I have an Asus Eee 4GB, will I be able to install that on it in the future (short or long-term, I don’t really care) given that it doesn’t have a CD-ROM drive. That’s my main concern. I’ve been an Ubuntu user since Dapper Drake came out, I absolutely love it and using Xandros doesn’t even come close in terms of computer experience. So…. Ubuntu on Eee’s? Will I be able to do that easy in the future?

    Mark Shuttleworth says:
    You can already install Ubuntu on the Eee, and then you can install the packages that are part of the netbook remix, and yes, it works nicely. The Eee is not certified on Ubuntu so there’s no clarity on whether it will upgrade correctly in future etc, but for the bold, it’s perfectly possible to use Ubuntu on the Eee. I must say that I think the Xandros work on the Eee is nice too – the boot time is fast, it’s optimised for that specific hardware. So it depends on what’s most important to you whether you would benefit from Ubuntu on the Eee.

  39. Mark Strelecki says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 4:44 am

    Mark, you’re doing a great job of getting Linux into the mainstream, and I still have several of the free Ubuntu CDs you sent out years ago. I WANT Linux (and Ubuntu, certainly) to gain as much momentum as possible, given the power of the opposition, and I will continue to offer my many years of technical experience to the cause. While I understand a design consideration for using customized versions of Ubuntu on this new hardware platform, are we perhaps being penny-wise and pound foolish?

    What I mean is, by creating ANOTHER software/OS platform, and not making every effort to influence the hardware design for (backward) compatibility, do we risk further fragmentation of Linux and creation of unwanted consumer confusion? Just look at all the current flavors of Windows and ask yourself whether the layperson/consumer is burdened by too many choices when far fewer would be better from so many good reasons.

    It would seem to me that after so many decades of compatible PC architecture and the prevalence of PC-on-a-chip hardware designs now in the market ready to ship that we just might want to do that EXTRA work to get the Ubuntu we already know and use and support and extend and document and train on to work on these new netbooks/laptots/handheld computing devices.

    Just my seven cents worth.

    In any event, I don’t envy your position in the least, but will support you because I know you have a greater battle to fight. Best of success to you and the whole Ubuntu team, and I hope to reconnect with you sometime before the “NetBook 2.0″ wave hits the shelves.

    Mark Strelecki, Atlanta, GA USA

    Mark Shuttleworth says:
    Mark, I think we’re in strong agreement. The point of the netbook remix is to *avoid* creating a different and incompatible flavour of Linux. The remix is just that – standard Ubuntu packages remixed for a different environment. I’m pretty certain that any software packaged for Ubuntu will install on the remix, and conversely, any ISV that targets the remix will also get access to the pool of standard Ubuntu desktop users. That’s the goal, anyhow. Now, some OEM’s want to create a highly differentiated experience, and we’ve agreed to collaborate closely on one of those, so we’re on both sides of this debate. In principle, though, I’m keen that we preserve as much compatibility across the range of things which are Ubuntu, or based on Ubuntu, to the benefit of users and industry alike.

    The ability to differentiate and innovate is one of the wonderful properties of free software, so I won’t argue against people actually doing so. But I do think it’s important to have a sense of the tradeoffs being made when people make those decisions.

  40. Troy’s Blag » Ubuntu Netbook “Remix” says: (permalink)
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  41. Martin says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 7:06 am

    “In working with manufacturers, the OEM team creates custom install images which are specific to hardware from those OEM’s. They have the free software packages I’ve described, and they may also include third-party software selected by OEM’s which Canonical cannot redistribute, so we can’t publish the custom installers that are produced under contract.”

    Does this mean we might face some manufacturer software, that doesn’t add anything new to the functionality of the laptop (bloatware)?

    It looks really promising, I hope you pull it of with as many OEMs as possible.

  42. Martin says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 7:25 am

    This is super-nice! Installed and configured Netbook Remix in a virtual machine. I can’t wait to get an Atom EeePC, MSI Wind, or similar.

    How did you remove the top/application bar, above the menu bar in Firefox, or any other application for that matter?

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  44. Cas says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 8:34 am

    I’m building a carPC with a 10.2″ touchscreen integrated in the center console. I want to go with a Via Nano as it outperforms the Atom. Will Kubuntu take Via Nano into account, or follow the Intel Atom flock of sheep? I know Via recently announced they were going to opensource their drivers.

    Mark Shuttleworth says:
    I do believe that VIA is engaging more closely with the open source community, and I would expect that support for their products will improve not only in Ubuntu but also in every distribution as a result. I would give a lot of credit to Intel in leading the way in the hardware / component industry with Linux work, both in the mainline kernel, X, apps, and in specific distributions which reach the markets they care about.

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  46. Nikolay Ognyanov says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Being a professional Linux developer, I would really love using Ubuntu (or other Linux for that matter)
    on a notebook but it is still not there. Minor annoyances apart – the real showstopper for me is power
    management. I get about 1.5 to 2 times less battery time (than with other OS) and even when I am on
    external power it is still unhealthy that e.g. fan is spinning all the time and HDD never gets really parked.

  47. Robin says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 9:17 am

    Looks brilliant. The only thing that is really eating into screen real estate is the bottom bar of Firefox. Is there no way that could be deleted? That is one good feature of safari – it simply does not have a bar at the bottom of the browser and that really makes a difference in maximising screen space.

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  49. Leo Cardinaals says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    @Robin, You can just tick it off under a menu option in Firefox and the statusbar disappears.

  50. max stirner says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Robin: try view-status bar (uncheck) in your FF browser

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  52. furicle says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    I think this has applications outside the sub-notebook market – I really hope those packages could make it into the regular repositories.
    I’ve tried the packages briefly in a VM and I think this might be a great set-up for our corporate desktops.

    The bulk of our users run the same half a dozen applications day in and day out. Their skills are not in computers – that’s not why they were hired and not what they are expected to be good at. A simple launcher like this could be a great way to make them more productive.

    I know it’s not the primary focus, but I hope the devs keep use cases like this in mind – maybe it hadn’t occurred them even….

    I’ll be watching with interest.

  53. Screenshots Ubuntu Notebook Platform. says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

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  54. midtoad says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Eee PC 701

    I have downloaded and installed the new interface on my Eee PC 701, and removed my bottom panel as suggested to give maximum vertical space for content. The new interface looks quite nice, and a good way to have a ‘simple’ Ubuntu desktop while still retaining access to all the full Ubuntu goodness.

    One comment: switching between tabs is quite slow – it takes about 2 seconds. It would be great if this could be made to be a little more snappy.

    regards
    S

  55. Mark Cahill says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Yeah, stick with gnome. That’s why Ubuntu looks so sexy right now. KDE reminds me too much of windows

    I’m running eeeXubuntu right now on my eee. I’m not really a fan of the tabbed launcher, either on Xandros or Netbook. I think my wife summed it up perfectly: “How do I X out of this thing?” To be sure, we prefer a more traditional interface, even on the eee.

    As for essential packages, be sure to include tsclient. I use it for logging into my Dual-core windows box. Windows XP looks great on the eee, but I’m glad I can just visit when I want, and then return to the sanity of Ubuntu. :-D

    Keep up the good work. Perhaps you can talk Acer out of Linpus for their upcoming netbook. Seriously – Linpus?

  56. Evangelina says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Do you ever reply to emails Mr.Shuttleworth?

  57. Smich says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    OMG!! What am i seeing on the right?? “ubuntueee” eee like eeepc?? which means Asus has contact Ubuntu for their eeepc?? :)

  58. Karthik says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Dear Mark,

    I am too excited by this. Until the moment you announced netbook remix I was thinking that Ubuntu/Kubuntu is going to miss the new revolution. Thank for the new initiative. I think this is the chance for Linux to fix Ubuntu’s #1 bug. Its so difficult to unseat the Redmond guys not because linux lacks features but because PCs in general are an old platform and the majority of users don’t care what OS they uses as long it works. The dawn of a new platform is the opportunity for Linux to become #1 so this is the moment. Your efforts seem to be in the right direction

  59. slumbergod says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    I think it is a very exciting time for Linux. I have waited for years for laptops to come with something other than Windows OS. Now, OEMs are approaching Linux distributors! I run Xubuntu on a six year old laptop which is coming to the end of its life. I have delayed buying a new laptop because of driver issues. Hopefully, soon that will no longer be an issue. Good work!

  60. Tightwad Technica » Ubuntu Going After NetTops says: (permalink)
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  61. The Proliferation of Linux » Blog Archive » More Ubuntu Netbook Remix Details says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 6:42 pm

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  62. Brian Perry says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    You know how microsoft gets when they know they have been outclassed. They will come to you and try to buy you or find some other anti-competitive way to destroy your success. You have done an amazing job and I am behind you and your company. Keep up the good work! Microsoft will definately try to counterattack this with something. PLEASE, don’t sell us out like the other ‘nix’s out there. We have needed a hero for open source and in IT that can stand up to microsoft for a long time. I think your the hero we have been looking for. We are all counting on you. Please, please don’t sell out. Don’t quit. Don’t give up. I want to make my own software company and I want to follow your success. I look to you as a hero.

  63. Nathan Dbb says: (permalink)
    June 10th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Window Selector 2.22.2

    This standard gnome panel applet works wonders on small screens.

    I use Window Selector and I eliminate the bottom panel with the window buttons. It works well, and harmonizes the desktop UI with the Firefox UI.

    I put Window Selector in the Top-Right so that it is in the same spot at Firefox’s too-many-tabs drop-down list. Just like Firefox’s list, the Window Selector list shows full titles so that you can quickly find the right window/tab.

    That way the OS and the main application have the same layout:
    -> New windows (new tasks/applications) in list on top-left corner
    -> Existing windows (open applications) in list on top-right corner

    I have set it up on a couple of friends’ 7-inch Eee PCs, and they love it. Under old versions of Ubuntu, I also set it up on a 10-inch Sony and the 11-inch Dell 700m/710m.

  64. Roscoe’s Public Notes » Blog Archive » Early links for Wed., 2008 May 11 says: (permalink)
    June 11th, 2008 at 5:27 am

    [...] Mark Shuttleworth :: Netbooks pre-loaded with Ubuntu The Canonical OEM team has been approached by a number of OEM’s who want to sell netbooks (small, low-cost laptops with an emphasis on the web) based on Ubuntu. Almost universally, they’ve asked for standard Ubuntu packages and updates, with an app launcher that’s more suited to new users and has the feeling of a “device” more than a PC. [...]

  65. Rahim says: (permalink)
    June 11th, 2008 at 5:36 am

    Wondering if there are plans to allow ume-launcher to run without compiz, my hp 2133 does not yet support compiz but I really really really love what you have done. In fact had I known that it didnt support compiz I would have purchased an Eee just to use this launcher.

    Is there a possibility to run it without compiz?

  66. Limulus says: (permalink)
    June 11th, 2008 at 9:17 am

    “I’m particularly happy with the way it gives you more screen space for web browsing, which is probably the major use case on these form factors”

    http://www.markshuttleworth.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/nb-remix-ff-notabs.png

    And yet, the screen space could be enlarged even more! :)

    Here’s how I did it a while back:
    http://members.shaw.ca/Limulus/files/ff2tm_top.png
    Use TinyMenu to collapse the FF menu
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1455
    Use Stop-or-Reload Button to make more space
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/313
    Use small icons and use only a single toolbar

  67. Richard says: (permalink)
    June 11th, 2008 at 10:26 am

    This is a brilliant move forward and hopefully more manufacturers will come on board. Which hopefully will bring greater support for devices into the kernal.

    A win for Ubuntu is a win for Linux and the community and one step closer to fixing Bug #1

    Awaiting the full info on Netbook Remix and who will be using it

    Thanks for all you effort with Ubuntu, it is brilliant and please keep the good work coming

  68. Ubuntu stellt Bedienoberflche fr Billig-Laptops vor - Software | ZDNet.de News says: (permalink)
    June 11th, 2008 at 1:05 pm

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  69. Jeremy Bicha says: (permalink)
    June 11th, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Rahim, you don’t need Compiz to run netbook-remix. In fact the current Hardy drivers for Intel have a bug that causes significant issues with the remix, so that I’ve disabled Visual Effects. It’s ironic because a lot of the netbooks will be using Intel hardware. There is a fix for this upstream, so by Intrepid this fall, I am expecting this to be fixed. With all windows fully maximized, there really isn’t as much need for Compiz with this interface though.

  70. ken says: (permalink)
    June 11th, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    These are neat ideas, but they seem to be making rookie mistakes still.

    “Media”? That weird word that seems to be in every Linux UI, even though nobody would ever say it. If it’s a disk, please just say “Disk”.

    I like the one that gives more vertical space to the browser, but the edge of the screen is easiest to hit, and this is doubly important on small laptops which don’t even have normal mice. Which will the user be more likely to want to click on: a menu in the current application, or the Terminal launcher? I think the former, but this layout is optimized for the latter.

    Then again, you don’t come up with something great if you’re not willing to try something crazy. So I hope these can evolve into something great, but right now they just look a little crazy.

    Mark Shuttleworth says:
    I know where you’re coming from, but I wonder what future generations will think of the word “disk” when they’ve only ever seen flash RAM which are chips! ;-)

  71. GNUvox » Blog Archive » Netbook con Ubuntu preinstallato in vista says: (permalink)
    June 12th, 2008 at 5:44 am

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  72. David Prentice says: (permalink)
    June 12th, 2008 at 7:18 am

    This is awesome!
    I immediately snagged Maximus and WindowPickerApplet, configured my top bar, and I’m incredibly happy. This is a great boon for us laptop users. I display a “mere” 1280×800, so every hack to maximize vertical screen real estate is highly valued. Very pleasing. Combine both with Gnome-Do for a very pleasing experience.

    I can’t get GoHomeApplet to do anything that ShowDesktop doesn’t already do, except have a prettier Ubuntu icon.

  73. Paul Sladen says: (permalink)
    June 12th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    @Limulus. Those are an interesting solution, certainly the first thing I normally do in Netscape/Firefox/Opera is to turn off the “bookmarks” bar to give more room!

    I think perhaps the most interesting development avenue is that found on the iPhone Safari-Mobile browser interface. The “address bar” area is pegged to the top of the page content; as soon as the page content is scrolled downwards (for in-depth reading) the screen-real estate has effectively grown, but the control area is always still available there “at the top of the page”.

    To solve the problem of a long-scroll-upwards after you get to the end, the UI also has a short-cut for returning to the top of the page… a single tap/click near the top of the screen area will do so, but could equally be a semi-transparent corner area.

    If you’re skilled with writing Firefox extensions, perhaps it would be interesting to try to experiment and see whether you can do the “in-page pegged scrolling address bar” with Firefox’s XML/Chrome! I offer it as a challenge!

  74. Personal notes » Blog Archive » Recommended links 12-06-2008 says: (permalink)
    June 12th, 2008 at 4:09 pm

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  75. GoudaCast Podcast » Ubuntu zapowiada mobilna rewolucje says: (permalink)
    June 12th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

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  76. Nathan Dbb says: (permalink)
    June 12th, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    More UI thoughts:

    -> If the window-title-bar-in-panel applet is not coupled to the window-switching icons to the right of the title, then we could save even more space by getting rid of them. People can use Window Selector without wasting panel space and still get the title of the window on the panel.

    -> The same thing could be done with the Firefox interface, but it may be too much work. Eliminate the tab row and make all tab-switching happen from the right-top corner too-many-tabs menu.

    This would make all tab and window switching a 2-tap operation, but it should save a lot of screen space, and make the interface of the OS and the main application 100% consistent. It will also make switching tabs the same operation no matter how many tabs are open.

    I made some screen shots with VMware at 800×480 and GIMP, but I don’t have a place to post them.

  77. XAM » Blog Archive » Ubuntu zapowiada mobilną rewolucje says: (permalink)
    June 13th, 2008 at 8:32 am

    [...] jest tylko zwiastunem nowego desktopu dla małych urządzeń przenośnych. Tak to opisuje w swoim blogu Mark Shuttleworth. W ścisłej tajemnicy trwają prace nad nowym zupełnie rewolucyjnym wydaniem nowego interfejsu do [...]

  78. Ubuntu zapowiada mobilną rewolucje | Linuxgryps - BLOG says: (permalink)
    June 13th, 2008 at 9:39 am

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  79. Ubuntu zapowiada mobilną rewolucję | Linuxgryps - BLOG says: (permalink)
    June 13th, 2008 at 10:58 am

    [...] jest tylko zwiastunem nowego desktopu dla małych urządzeń przenośnych. Tak to opisuje w swoim blogu Mark Shuttleworth. W ścisłej tajemnicy trwają prace nad nowym zupełnie rewolucyjnym wydaniem nowego interfejsu do [...]

  80. XAM » Blog Archive » Ubuntu zapowiada mobilną rewolucję says: (permalink)
    June 13th, 2008 at 11:37 am

    [...] jest tylko zwiastunem nowego desktopu dla małych urządzeń przenośnych. Tak to opisuje w swoim blogu Mark Shuttleworth. W ścisłej tajemnicy trwają prace nad nowym zupełnie rewolucyjnym wydaniem nowego interfejsu do [...]

  81. Ubuntu zapowiada mobilną rewolucję | Komputer says: (permalink)
    June 14th, 2008 at 7:00 am

    [...] jest tylko zwiastunem nowego desktopu dla małych urządzeń przenośnych. Tak to opisuje w swoim blogu Mark Shuttleworth. W ścisłej tajemnicy trwają prace nad nowym zupełnie rewolucyjnym wydaniem nowego interfejsu do [...]

  82. Off Topic: I got an Asus EEE 701 « Linux Photography says: (permalink)
    June 15th, 2008 at 2:32 pm

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  83. Wolny Globers » Blog Archive » Ubuntu zapowiada mobilną rewolucję says: (permalink)
    June 16th, 2008 at 5:19 am

    [...] jest tylko zwiastunem nowego desktopu dla małych urządzeń przenośnych. Tak to opisuje w swoim blogu Mark Shuttleworth. W ścisłej tajemnicy trwają prace nad nowym zupełnie rewolucyjnym wydaniem nowego interfejsu do [...]

  84. Sam Pattuzzi says: (permalink)
    June 17th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    mmm,,, msi wind plus netbook remix, sounds good.

  85. Sam Pattuzzi says: (permalink)
    June 17th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Sorry for double posting but I just tried the netbook remix in virtual box. Fan-tastic. I’m not a gnome guy but I might make concessions for this. The interface looks fantastic, I wish stock Ubuntu looked as good as this does. Only problem I have is that the launcher must be pretty intensive because the whole VM is running slow. I’m sure this is an issue that will be smoothed out however.

  86. A look at Ubuntu Netbook Remix | computerization says: (permalink)
    July 13th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

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  87. Blog de Bernard Opic » Archives du Blog » Des Netbooks pré-installé avec Ubuntu says: (permalink)
    August 11th, 2008 at 9:03 pm

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  88. Ubuntu Productivity » Blog Archive Ubuntu Netbook Remix increases productivity on small screens says: (permalink)
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