The Linux-based Ubuntu desktop operating system will be used in ARM’s new line of energy-efficient netbooks and desktop computers.
ARM is best known for designing chips used in smartphones and now plans to expand into other device categories.
“The release of a full Ubuntu desktop distribution supporting latest ARM technology will enable rapid growth, with internet everywhere, connected ultra portable devices,” commented Ian Drew, VP of marketing at ARM, on the company’s alliance with Canonical Ltd., the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu.
“The always-on experience available with mobile devices is rapidly expanding to new device categories such as netbooks, laptops and other internet connected products. Working with Canonical will pave the way for the development of new features and innovations to all connected platforms,” added Drew.
Since its launch in October 2004, Ubuntu has become a highly regarded Linux distribution with millions of users worldwide.
The first line of Ubuntu ARM desktops and notebooks is expected to be available in April 2009.
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