Canonical Ltd., commercial sponsor of Ubuntu Linux, says it’s porting Ubuntu to the ARM RISC processor architecture. Ubuntu on ARM will target netbooks and other emerging device categories requiring a “rich, always-connected, mobile computing experience, without compromising battery life.”
The ARM version of Ubuntu initially will support the ARMv7 RISC architecture, including SoCs (system-on-chip processors) based on ARM Ltd’s Cortex-A8 and Cortex-A9 cores, according to the companies.
“The always-on experience available with mobile devices is rapidly expanding to new device categories such as netbooks, laptops and other internet connected products,” ARM VP of marketing Ian Drew said in a statement. “The release of a full Ubuntu desktop distribution supporting latest ARM technology will enable rapid growth, with internet everywhere, connected ultra portable devices,”
“This is a natural development for Ubuntu, driven by the demand from manufacturers for an ARM technology-based version,” added Canonical COO Jane Silber.