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Ubuntu "MID Edition" ships
Jun. 25, 2008

Canonical Ltd. has quietly launched the first full "developers release" of Ubuntu 8.04 ("Hardy Heron") for MIDs (mobile Internet devices). Desktop and embedded Linux developers can use the release to begin porting applications to the platform, which will be pre-installed on MIDs by OEMs, Canonical hopes.

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Ubuntu MID Edition is based on the Canonical-sponsored Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded (UME) community project, in cooperation with the Intel sponsored Moblin-org project, which distributes nifty MID development tools.

Ubuntu MID Edition is also a modified version of the new Ubuntu Desktop Edition 8.04, optimized for handheld MID devices. The initial developer release is available for both Intel Centrino Atom ("Menlow") and Intel's A100/110 ("McCaslin") platform (targeting the Samsung Q1U ultra-mobile PC). Additionally, a handy KVM image and launcher shell script let users easily try out the stack on desktop PCs running a Linux kernel and the KVM loadable kernel module.

For more details and a screenshot gallery of Ubuntu MID Edition, visit our sister site,, here.

-- Henry Kingman

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