As it moves toward the next version of its desktop and netbook releases, Ubuntu is going on a diet. Canonical, the open source project’s chief sponsor, is developing a scaled-down version of its operating system it’s calling “Ubuntu Light.”
The new version, under development in a project dubbed “Unity,” will offer a slimmer menu of applications as Canonical takes aim at dual-boot management.
Datamation has the details on Canonical’s work developing Ubuntu Light.
First there was light beer, and now we’ve got light Linux, courtesy of the Ubuntu Light effort.
In an effort to produce a fast-loading Linux operating system, Canonical, the lead sponsor of Ubuntu Linux, is now involved in producing a lighter-weight desktop — codenamed Unity — that will help to power a new version of Ubuntu, dubbed Ubuntu Light.
The Unity and Ubuntu Light efforts are being targeted for dual-boot, instant-on computing use cases that can leverage both Windows and Linux operating systems. The Ubuntu Light effort comes on the heels of the Lucid Lynx Ubuntu release last month. According to the effort’s supporters, Unity and Ubuntu Light will help play a role in the evolution of Ubuntu’s next netbook and desktop versions, as Ubuntu now focuses development efforts on its 10.10 release, nicknamed “Maverick Meerkat,” later this year.