p2pnet news view Open Source | Mobiles:- Mobile phone chip designer Arm and open-source Ubuntu, the free, Debian derived Linux-based O/S, have teamed up to get Ubuntu onto small, hand-held netbooks, as the likes of the XO from the One Laptop Per Child and the Eee machine from Asus, are being called.
“It marks a departure for Arm, which before now has been best known for designing the chips inside smartphones and feature phones,” says the BBC.
The devices, with a battery life similar to that of mobiles, “will be based around the Arm7 architecture and, in particular, the Cortex A8 and A9 processors,” says the story, going on the netbooks are likely to have screens of up to 25cm (10in) across and, “be able to run good quality video, web browsers, and the well-known suite of Open Office programs”.
“They’ll be for people who want a small internet-centric device,” the story has Rob Coombs, director of mobile marketing at Arm, saying.
“The interest in the market sector is being driven by devices such as the XO laptop from the One Laptop Per Child project and the Eee machine from Asus,”adds the story.
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BBC – Ubuntu set to debut on netbooks, November 17, 2008
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