Netbook sales are declining. In fact, if rumors from the supply chain are to be believed sales of netbooks are crashing through the floor. Can Windows 7 save netbooks? What about Ubuntu? My take on the situation - nothing can revive flagging netbook sales.
Showing results 1 to 20 of 58
Ubuntu may be a great replacement for Windows, but it doesn't have to be for the netbook market. It runs, surprisingly, better than you think.
Ubuntu may not make the netbook sexy again, but it can certainly make it a more viable choice for student computing with lower long-term costs than other solutions might entail. System76 just happens to be one OEM that makes it easy to jump into Ubuntu (on netbooks and elsewhere).
After having looked at three more or less "traditional" Linux desktops on a netbook - Ubuntu Unity, KDE Plasma Netbook and Jolicloud - now I am going to look at a very un-traditional desktop, MeeGo. Descended from the Moblin project, and now being developed jointly by Intel and Nokia, MeeGo is intended to be a user interface for the entire range of mobile products, including netbooks, tablets, smart phones and more.
In Part 1 of this series I looked at the Unity desktop in the Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition distribution.
There has been a lot of discussion lately about Ubuntu's decision to make their Unity desktop the standard for their next release, not only in the Netbook Edition but also in the base release. As a good friend used to say, most of that discussion has produced more heat than light, so I am going to try to shed some light on the situation by comparing several of the latest Netbook desktops.
Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth detailed how Ubuntu will split from the GNOME user interface for Unity, which is its netbook approach. Simply put, Ubuntu will have a custom user interface.
Rather than moan about how not particularly brilliant Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10, I thought it would be a positive step to come up with an alternative.
Rather than continue this sequence of posts with one per Linux distribution, which would end up being a lot of repetition, I've decided to wrap them all up in one bundle. There's good news and not so good news, and a peek at the latest from Ubuntu.
Continuing with installation of various Linux distributions on the N150 Plus, the next step was openSuSE 11.3 - and I realized that I had made a very fortuitous choice when I installed Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.
The obvious first choice in loading Linux on my new Samsung netbook is the Ubuntu Netbook Edition. This should be particularly well-suited, because UNE was originally developed specifically for Intel Atom based netbook, and although it has been improved over the past couple of releases so that it works on others (such as my HP 2133 Mini-Note), I believe that it still works "best" on Atom-based systems.
As I mentioned yesterday, l have now downloaded and installed the packages for the current very early pre-release of the Ubuntu Unity Netbook Edition. The good news is, it looks very interesting.
President Obama's speech, a new netbook experience with Ubuntu, the rise of Android over the iPhone and details of AT&T's exclusivity deal with Apple top today's headlines. Get the day’s rolling posts via Twitter, RSS, or email.
First news out of the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Brussels is that the Ubuntu Netbook Edition is going to get an overhaul of the user interface for version 10.10.
Canonical is making fast progress on a promise to improve the netbook experience by launching a new user interface dubbed "Unity" and plans for light editions of Ubuntu.In a Mark Shuttleworth blog posted today, the Unity interface and light editions of Ubuntu under development are aimed at the dual-boot-instant-on netbook market.
Easy Peasy was one of the first derivatives of the Ubuntu Netbook Remix, originally targeted specifically at the ASUS Eee PC line of netbooks. It has now widened its horizons, and bills itself as an "Open Source Netbook OS", so they are aiming across the entire netbook market segment.
Three cheers for Canonical, which is actively working to solve the netbook screen problem.In a blog posted Tuesday, Ubuntu creator Mark Shuttleworth announced that the next netbook edition of Ubuntu -- version 10.
Here is a bit more information from my use of the dm1 today:- It boots Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10 (Karmic) from a cold start to the UNR desktop in just under 30 seconds.
In Part 1 of this series I looked at some general netbook concepts, and the "standard" Ubuntu distribution. Part 2 I looked at the Ubuntu Netbook Remix, which is probably the best known of the netbook-centric versions.
In Part 1 of this series, I looked at the "standard" Ubuntu distribution, and found that with some adjustments, it could be made into what I considered to be a fairly nicely usable netbook. In Part 2 I looked at the Karmic Netbook Remix release, and found it to be significantly improved over the previous releases, at least in cosmetic terms.
The best of ZDNet, delivered
- 1 Windows 10: You've got questions, I've got answers
- 2 Hands-on with Windows 10: Installing the latest Technical Preview
- 3 Perfectly legal ways you can still get Windows 7 cheap (or even free)
- 4 31 ways to improve your iPhone's battery life
- 5 How much does an iPhone 6 really cost? (Hint: It's way more than $199)