Redefine the Ubuntu Netbook Remix

Registered by Frank Roberts on 2009-09-15

Because the UNR aims at a specific niche in the market (just like the Server Edition has) it should simply aim better at its target: netbook use! The Server Edition has a specific set of preinstalled software for Server-related tasks and hardware: why isn't that the same for the Netbook Remix?

Netbooks are devices which are much alike; they virtually all run on the same processor, use the same chipsets and have the same resolution demands. The netbook also has one specific goal: being a small internet and document reading device. In my opinion the UNR is not optimized for this, and can do much better using 3 simple guidelines:

1. critically analyze the list of pre-installed software; now much pre-installed software is useless for almost all netbook users (for example; Brasero CD/DVD burner). This uses a lot of unneccesary space, which is typically scarce on netbooks. Also, preinstalled software should be tested to work under netbook conditions (for example the specific resolution). Much better performance could be reached this way.
2. critically analyze the different processes that start up with ubuntu. Both the Startup Applications and the Services run a lot of processes of which not all are necessary for netbook use.
3. Consider creating some netbook-specific software, for example a netbook-specific kernel (which is optimized for the atom processor), or a better optimized and organized edition of Firefox.

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I agree...The overall design of UNR is great, nearly everything works with netbooks right out of the box except for a few crutial design flaws like suspend function which is very important when dealing with the normal use of a Netbook. Netbooks are designed to pack-up and travel with it's owner easily, suspend function should have been a top priority for this OS, next to WIFI which does work great with installed hardware. Hope to see a fix for the Suspend function soon.

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