Ubuntu Netbook Edition Merged Into One Core PC Version

Ubuntu distributor Canonical has decided to simplify the open source operating system platform, doing away with a separate netbook edition and providing clearer prooduct titles.

In a blog post, Gerry Carr, director of platform marketing at Canonical, explains that starting with Ubuntu 11.04 'Natty Narwhal' there will no longer be separate desktop and netbook offerings of the OS, just a single release for any kind of PC, be it a desktop, netbook or notebook.

Carr said that Ubuntu for PCs will be simply named Ubuntu 11.04 while the server version will remain as Ubuntu Server 11.04.

Canonical had come up with the Ubuntu Desktop Edition name back in 2005 in order to distinguish between its PC and server editions. “But desktops are no longer the pre-eminent client platform. And actually naming the ‘edition’ after any target technology is going to have us chasing the trend. Also we were tying ourselves to some ungainly product titles,” he said.

He also said that with a separate desktop and netbook version, people had started to believe that a notebook 'version' would be released soon.

"From 11.04 the core product that you run on your PC will be simply, Ubuntu. Therefore the next release will be Ubuntu 11.04 and you can run that, my friend, on anything you like from a netbook to a notebook to a desktop," Carr explained.

“We think this will make things simpler. When we mean Ubuntu for notebooks we will say just that rather than the more confusing, ‘Ubuntu Desktop Edition for notebooks’,” he added.