Ubuntu Linux has announced its own specially modified Linux operating system that can run on the recent wave of low-cost, flash drive-equipped, wireless, small form factor "netbook" computers.
Called Ubuntu Linux Remix, the new operating system will be targeted to OEM vendors that are building their own netbooks for sale to consumers, said Gerry Carr, marketing manager for Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu around the globe.
Ubuntu Linux Remix is built to be compatible with Intel's new Atom processors, which are miniaturised, low-power CPUs that can be used in smaller netbook chassis, Carr said.
Netbooks equipped with Intel Atom CPUs and Ubuntu Linux Remix are expected to be on retailer's shelves in the next six months, he said, at prices estimated between $300 to $500.
Unlike its other consumer desktop and enterprise Linux versions, Ubuntu will not offer free downloads of the Remix version and will only offer it to prospective netbook vendors for their use, Carr said.
The new classification of netbook computers provides users with a smaller laptop they can take anywhere, but without all of the features of a standard laptop machine.