Friday, July 17, 2009

Linux Apps Get Netbook Love


    The huge popularity of netbooks has given Linux a huge opportunity to convert more people over to Linux than ever before, and now there are plenty of potential upcoming Linux OSes built particularly for netbooks, like Moblin or Ubuntu Netbook Remix, or Google Chrome that could take on Windows 7 when it arrives.

    The next step now is that software, especially user interface, is being developed with netbooks in mind. Here are a couple of recent developments:

    Anjal - the new mail for netbooks.

    “Anjal is a new mail UI created on top of Evolution. It would have a very interesting UI & features, that would make it the very suitable for low memory/processor/resolution devices”

    Banshee Media Player

    The next major version of this popular open source player for Linux gets a custom user interface called “Cubano” specifically for netbooks. They are planning to integrate F-Spot (picture viewer) too.

    Anyone else spot new Linux software being developed with netbooks in mind?

    I think the GIMP would benefit most from a netbook GUI revamp, that thing takes up half of a netbook display!

    Source: Ars Technica.


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