In recent years, we’ve started to see Windows 10 mini laptops with 6″ to 8″ display and a foldable keyboard coming to market thanks to products such as GPD Pocket 2 or One Mix 2 Yoga. They offer a full Windows 10 experience in an ultra-small form factor, but you’d still need to carry your phone around with you for things like calls or SMS.
It’s no secret that you can run Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, or other Linux-based software on the new $249 Samsung Chromebook. But now one of the first operating systems designed specifically for the ARM-based laptop is available… or at least an early build is available.
The folks at Rikomagic UK sell a mini PC called the MK802 which can run Google Android, Ubuntu Linux, or a range of other operating systems. It features an Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 processor and HDMI and USB ports for connecting a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
If you ever wanted a free mini-PC capable to run a Linux distribution, then the Summer of Hardware event organized by Fedora might be just for you.
My port of the Linux kernel, running Arch Linux ARM (alarm) on a WM8650 ARM based netbook. Most of the changes made to the kernel are based on the work of John (Pond Weed) to port Arch Linux to WM8650 tablets: http://pond-weed.com/wmt8650/index.html
Google's upcoming "Daisy" Chromebook will reportedly use Samsung's ARM-based Exynos 5250 SoC. - ChromeStory reports that the rumored "Daisy" Chromebook will be powered by Samsung's upcoming ARM-based Exynos 5250 SoC.
David Mandala of Canonical talked last week at Linux.Conf.Au 2012 about the history of Ubuntu Linux supporting the ARM architecture, what's coming up for Ubuntu ARM in the 12.04 LTS release, and even what's expected from Ubuntu on ARM as far out as 2015.
Cellular network operator Vodacom recently launched a netbook, the Vodafone Webbook, that, at R1 499, it hopes will give South Africans an affordable entry into personal computing. TechCentral put the Webbook through its paces.
Ubuntu announced the 10.04 Netbook Edition and Ubuntu for ARM products 18 months ago, on April 29, 2010. At that time, Ubuntu committed to ongoing security and critical fixes for a period of 18 months for these specific products.
Vodafone officially launches its Ubuntu-based netbook in South Africa today, which will be distributed by local telco Vodacom. - Netbooks might not be everyone's cup of tea. However, when you're targeting a market that has poor access to any form of computing device, netbooks are a good balance between the practicality of a larger laptop and achieving the lowest possible manufacturing cost.
Canonical and Vodacom, the South African subsidiary of Vodafone, have announced the launch of the Vodafone WebBook in South Africa. The ARM-based netbook runs the Ubuntu Linux operating system and is designed to "bring simplified, value-added internet access to thousands of South Africans, many of whom have until now had no access".
On October 18th, Victor Tuson Palau wrote an interesting article on the Canonical blog, about the new ARM support available in Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot). As Canonical announced back in August 2011 that the new Ubuntu 11.10 operating system will have support for the ARM architectures, Victor Tuson Palau explains he's experience with this first ARM version.