Canonical Delivers Next Generation of Ubuntu for Intel-Powered Classmate PCs

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Intel-powered, education-oriented affordable netbooks

Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, today announced that it has reached an agreement with Intel Corporation to deliver Ubuntu as an operating system for the Intel-powered classmate PCs.

The new Intel-powered classmate PC (a netbook specifically designed for the education market) features a larger screen, more memory and larger SSD or HDD than the original classmate PC. It will also feature a modified version of Ubuntu Netbook Remix for the first time, improving the experience on smaller screens. The Intel-powered convertible classmate PC features a touch screen on which a user can rest their palm to write or draw, converts from a clamshell to a tablet PC and auto-adjusts between landscape and portrait depending on how the machine is held. Ubuntu will support all these use cases.

"Not only is this a significant step for an open operating system, it is a significant step for any device to be able to offer these capabilities, at this cost, on standardised hardware," said Jon Melamut, General Manager, OEM Services, Canonical. "Our goal has always been to take the best technology and make it available to everyone. Coupling our software with a fantastic, affordable education device like this is a concrete realisation of that ambition."

"The Intel-powered classmate PC and Intel Learning Series, together with the Ubuntu OS, will be a strong offering and deliver a great Open Source option for our customers," said Jeff Galinovsky, Regional Manager for the Intel-powered Classmate PC Ecosystem, Channel Platforms Group, Intel.

The Ubuntu Netbook Remix is designed specifically for smaller screens and to integrate touch screen technologies. It has already proven to be popular with consumers on other devices. Ubuntu Netbook Remix makes it easy for novice computer users to launch applications and to access the Internet - giving students an optimal computing environment.

About Canonical
Headquartered in Europe, Canonical Ltd is committed to the promotion, distribution and support of the Open Source operating system Ubuntu. Canonical aims to ensure that Ubuntu is available to every business and individual on servers, laptops and netbooks. Canonical Professional Services provide expert consultancy and support that - together with superior Ubuntu technologies - can help deliver significant cost savings and an enhanced user experience to all its customers.

About Ubuntu
Since its launch in October 2004, Ubuntu has become one of the most highly-regarded Linux distributions. With millions of users in homes, schools, businesses and governments around the world, Ubuntu is growing in popularity on the server, the desktop, on netbooks and on mobile devices. With the values of Open Source software at its core, Ubuntu costs nothing to download or update. Users are also actively encouraged to copy, reinstall, modify and share their Ubuntu software anytime, anywhere and with anyone. Visit or for more information.

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