Ubuntu to announce its mobile Linux in June

The "Netbook Remix" version of Ubuntu will be announced in the first week of June, according to Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth.

Canonical will announce Netbook Remix, its version of Ubuntu Linux tailored for mobile devices, in two weeks, Chief Executive Mark Shuttleworth said.

"We're announcing it in the first week of June. It's called the Netbook Remix," Shuttleworth said in an interview with the Guardian. "We're working with Intel, which produces chips custom-made for this sector."

Ubuntu has been working on a mobile version of its operating system for months . In an April interview about the release of the new Hardy Heron version of Ubuntu, Shuttleworth said the mobile version is sufficiently important that developing it is worth pushing back the company's move to profitability. The company has engineers working on-site at Intel, he added.

Ubuntu still has plenty of buzz, a remarkable feat given how many new versions of Linux have fallen by the wayside over the years. However, it's not all smooth sailing: the Ubuntu Live conference that had been scheduled for July has been canceled, though some content from the show is moving to the Open Source Convention.

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