Ubuntu has made its marks as one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions ever, but Canonical has ambitions beyond typical desktops and laptops. Canonical has released Ubuntu MID Edition 8.04, a version of the OS aimed at mobile Internet devices.
What’s in Ubuntu MID?
Ubuntu MID Edition, a fully open source project, gives the full Internet, with no compromise. Custom options may include licensed codecs and popular third-party applications.
- Full Web 2.0/AJAX fidelity, with custom options of Adobe Flash®, Java, and more
- Outstanding media playback so you can enjoy videos, music and photos with superior quality and easy navigation
- A suite of applications that work seamlessly to meet every need of a digital parent, student or anyone who is on-the-go
- Facebook®, MySpace®, YouTube®, Dailymotion®, 3D games, GPS, maps, in short, the full Web 2.0 experience delivered into your hands as a compact and powerful device that's easy and fun to use
What else ?
Just right applications provide an uncompromised Web 2.0 experience: Web browsing, email, media, camera, VoIP, instant messaging, GPS, blogging, digital TV, games, contacts, dates/calendar, simple software updates... and lots more.
The product of Canonical collaboration with Intel® and the open source community, Ubuntu MID Edition is the software that makes it all possible.
Finger friendly, touch driven
Ubuntu MID is finger friendly, with no stylus needed. You drive Ubuntu MID with touch. Simply tap the screen or drag a finger to make gestures for intuitive navigation and control.
- Tap an application with your finger to launch it, and tap menus and buttons to use them.
- Swipe a web page to pan up, down or sideways.
- Swipe a video, photo, song or thumbnail page to move to the next or the previous one.
If you're the lucky owner of an MID, you can grab Ubuntu 8.04 MID Edition from this page. You'll have to choose between builds for the older McCaslin platform or Menlow (a.k.a. Centrino Atom). If you don't own an MID, Phoronix points out that one can also grab an installer image for kernel-based virtual machines.
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