Ubuntu Netbook Edition

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Ubuntu Netbook Edition
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Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) Netbook Edition
DeveloperCanonical Ltd. / Ubuntu Foundation
OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Working stateMerged into desktop edition from Ubuntu 11.04.[1] End of life as a separate OS.
Source modelOpen source
Latest release10.10 / October 10, 2010 (2010-10-10)[2]
Available inMultilingual
Update methodAPT (front-ends available)
Package managerdpkg (front-ends like Synaptic available)
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
user interface
GNOME + Unity
LicenseFree software licenses
(mainly GPL) / Various others
Official websitewww.canonical.com/projects/ubuntu/unr

Ubuntu Netbook Edition (UNE), known as Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR) prior to the release of Ubuntu 10.04,[3][4][5] is a discontinued version of the Ubuntu operating system (OS) that had been optimized to enable it to work better on netbooks and other devices with small screens or with the Intel Atom CPU.

UNE was available starting with Ubuntu release 8.04 ("Hardy Heron"). UNE was also an optional preinstalled operating system on some netbooks, such as Dell Inspiron Mini 10v and the Toshiba NB100, and also ran on popular models such as the Acer Aspire One and the Asus Eee PC.

Canonical Ltd., the developers of Ubuntu, collaborated with the Moblin project to ensure optimization for lower hardware requirements and longer battery life.[6]

Beginning with version 10.10, Ubuntu Netbook Edition used the Unity desktop as its desktop interface. The classic netbook interface was available in Ubuntu's software repositories as an option.[7][8]

Because Ubuntu's desktop edition has moved to the same Unity interface as the netbook edition, starting with Ubuntu 11.04, the netbook edition was merged into the desktop edition.[1]


UNE could be installed in several ways:


UNE 10.10 running on an Asus Eee netbook

Starting with UNE 10.10, the interface was switched to Unity. Due to the desktop version of Ubuntu also being changed to the Unity interface, the netbook edition was rolled into the general Ubuntu distribution starting with Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal and the netbook edition was discontinued as a separate distribution.[1]


Dell Ubuntu Netbook Edition is built specifically for the hardware profile of the Inspiron Mini 9, and is also available for the Inspiron Mini 12. It includes a custom built interface and launcher as well as non-free codecs such as MPEG-4 and MP3. It began shipping on September 22, 2008.[11]

EasyPeasy is considered to be among the first UNE-based distributions, with a focus on the usage of proprietary software like Skype by default and also integrating a set of different standard applications and drivers.[citation needed]


The minimum requirements are a Intel Atom CPU of at least 1.6 GHz, 512MB RAM and 4GB storage.[12]

Ubuntu Netbook Edition was officially shipped with the following netbooks:

  • Sylvania G Netbook Meso[13]
  • Toshiba NB100[14]
  • System76 Starling Netbook[15]
  • Dell Mini10v, Mini10, Latitude 2100 & Latitude 2110
  • Advent 4211C
  • Samsung N110
  • ZaReason Terra HD netbook and other ZaReason laptop models[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Canonical Ltd (December 2010). "Natty Narwhal Alpha 1". Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Download Ubuntu Netbook Edition". Ubuntu. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  3. ^ "Specs/DesktopLucidUNE - Ubuntu Wiki". Wiki.ubuntu.com. 2009-11-05. Retrieved 2013-02-16.
  4. ^ "Rename Ubuntu Netbook Remix to Ubuntu Netbook Edition : Blueprints : Ubuntu". Blueprints.launchpad.net. Retrieved 2013-02-16.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-02. Retrieved 2010-04-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Canonical Ltd (June 2009). "Canonical announces support for Moblin v2". Archived from the original on 28 November 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2010.
  7. ^ Canonical Ltd (August 2011). "Publishing history of "unity" package in Ubuntu". Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  8. ^ Noyes, Katherine (May 2011). "Natty Narwhal: the First Linux for Newbies?". PC World. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  9. ^ "PPA for Ubuntu Netbook Remix Team : "UNR Developers" team". Launchpad.net. Retrieved 2013-02-16.
  10. ^ "Discuss how to utilise wubi for UNR : Blueprints : Ubuntu". Blueprints.launchpad.net. Retrieved 2013-02-16.
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ Netbook Edition Ubuntu System Requirements. Canonical. Retrieved on 2009-11-08.
  13. ^ Welcome to LinuxInsider. Linuxinsider.com. Retrieved on 2009-11-08.
  14. ^ Error Page - Toshiba Archived 2009-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Starling NetBook - Ubuntu Linux Laptop - 10 inch - system76, Inc. System76.com. Retrieved on 2009-11-08.
  16. ^ "Laptops :: ZaReason, Inc". Archived from the original on 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2010-10-06.

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