Two items of ultra mobile PC Linux / Midinux news to report on today and both are positive. RedFlag and Ubuntu are moving forward with their projects.
Firstly RedFlag, the Asian Linux distribution developer who have already announced and demonstrated ‘Midinux’, the distro for UMPCs , have told me that their distribution is going to released to developers, OEMs, ODMs and independent software and hardware vendors this month. I’ve also been promised a copy to test so it will be interesting to get it onto an R2H or i7210 (or maybe even a VIA processor?) to see how it performs. That will definitely be one for the close-up studio cam and lots of videos.
Secondly, I was tipped (thanks Christoph) on this article that appeared in LinuxDevices yesterday. Canonical (developers of Ubuntu) are working on “Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded” which will ship in October. It was announced in a post by CTO Matt Zimmerman this week. Looking at the post that made the announcement its clear that Intel are contributing too:
we are delighted to be working with Intel on this version of Ubuntu. Intel are making significant contributions of technology, people and expertise to the project.
So in general, good news as both Linux projects move forward. It also gives us an idea of timescales. If Ubuntu are working to an October release schedule, does this mean that we’ll see a few Midinux devices priced below the Q1 Ultra (sub $800) before Christmas?
Ubuntu news via LinuxDevices.