Canonical working on Ubuntu ARM

Canonical working on Ubuntu ARM

Canonical is hoping to fill the gap in the market for a commercially supported OS that will run on the ARM platform ahead of ARM's creation of Cortex based netbooks.

With UK-based chip manufacturer ARM pitching its Cortex range of low-energy processors firmly at the growing netbook market, we're going to need an operating system that can run on the non-x86 hardware: enter Ubuntu.

According to an article over on CNet, Canonical is looking to develop a version of desktop-oriented Ubuntu Linux specifically for the ARM Cortex A8 and A9 single and multi-core processors.

Ian Drew, ARM's vice president of marketing at ARM has stated that “the release of a full Ubuntu desktop distribution supporting [the] latest ARM technology will enable rapid growth, with Internet-everywhere, connected, ultraportable devices. Working with Canonical will pave the way for the development of new features and innovations to all connected platforms.

Jane Silber, chief operating officer at Canonical, has echoed Drew's sentiments, saying that “this is a natural development for Ubuntu, driven by the demand from manufacturers for an ARM technology-based version.” Currently Ubuntu is only available in x86 form for 32-bit and 64-bit CPUs, although the Debian platform on which it is based has had an ARM build available for quite some time.

With Ubuntu ARM due to hit the shelves some time after April next year, and coupled with UI work that Canonical is doing specifically for the netbook market, the future of the ultra-portable might just be in Canonical and ARM's hands.

Hoping that ARM can make the transition from 'phone handsets to netbooks with a little help from Canonical, or are you only interested in such a device if it's running Microsoft Windows on a good old x86 chip? Share your thoughts over in the forums.


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bowman 17th November 2008, 12:55 Quote
If ARM processors could do a better job than Atom then perhaps. So far it looks like Moorestown will be a lot more interesting, given that the only focus on high-powered ARM so far has been Windows Mobile which is junk. Nvidia's Tegra is 'focused on Windows' just like the rest of Nvidia's products so that suddenly goes from interesting to completely irrelevant. Perhaps this can change things up.
DXR_13KE 17th November 2008, 13:09 Quote
I am imagining this running on my Pandora...
perplekks45 17th November 2008, 14:58 Quote
Hasn't Intel admitted their u-low CPUs suck compared to ARM's?
Definitely looking forward to the new netbooks arriving in the next months. Then again there are so many other 'gadgets' I want. Any rich (old) fella willing to sponsor me? ;) 17th November 2008, 16:56 Quote
Long live Ubuntu and open source, 'nuf said.
Ninja_182 17th November 2008, 22:08 Quote
Bah, saw this and thought of Ubuntu on my N95. Let down!
dyzophoria 18th November 2008, 03:36 Quote
Hasn't Intel admitted their u-low CPUs suck compared to ARM's?

they suck in terms of the power consumption I believe, but performance wise, the atom processors will outperform the ARM
IanW 18th November 2008, 05:47 Quote
With Ubuntu ARM due to hit the shelves some time after April next year

If not April (codename "Jaunty Jackalope"), then October (codename unknown, perhaps "Killer Koala"?).
Ubuntu only releases a new version every 6 months.
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