Ubuntu Netbook Remix
Welcome to Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.10 a.k.a. Maverick Meerkat, a freely distributed and open source operating system specifically designed for netbook computers and mobile devices with smaller screens.
Availability, supported platforms, boot options
The distribution is available for download as a single Live CD ISO image, engineered for the 32-bit hardware platform, but also compatible with 64-bit netbooks. As netbook computers don't have a CD-ROM device, users are urged to write the ISO image to USB flash drives of 1GB or higher capacity.
The bootable medium has a pleasant and uncluttered feel, as it will automatically start the live environment if no key is pressed during a five second timeout. If the user presses a key during the initial boot process, the hidden boot prompt will be revealed, allowing them to first change the language for the live session.
In addition, it is also possible to try Ubuntu Netbook Remix without installing anything, check the discs for defects (only if using a CD media), run a memory (RAM) diagnostic test, boot from the first disk drive, as well as to install the operating system without testing it (not recommended).
Unity for netbooks
Its graphical environment is mostly powered by the GNOME project, but it is called Unity and provides users with a unique Linux desktop designed for small screens. However, if the graphical card of your netbook computer is not supported, it will default to the traditional GNOME 2 desktop environment.
Default applications include the Tomoby note-taking app, Shotwell image viewer, editor and organizer, Empathy instant messenger, Evolution email and calendar client, Mozilla Firefox web browser, Gwibber social networking client, Transmission torrent downloader, OpenOffice.org office suite, Cheese webcam viewer, Totem movie player, and Rhythmbox music player.
The Maverick Meerkat edition of Ubuntu Netbook Remix is no longer supported by Canonical, but nothing stops you to install it on your netbook computer and use it on a daily basis, as well as to create your very one respin.