Linux Distribution to Dump Ubuntu for Debian
A custom Linux distribution based on Ubuntu is shifting gears.
Designed specifically for netbooks, Eeebuntu supports hardware found on most Asus Eee PC netbooks and a number of similar models from other companies.
According to computer repair professionals with knowledge of the situation, it's optimized for Intel Atom processor and low resolution displays.
Here's where it gets interesting, however.
Reports suggest that one or more members of the Eeebuntu Linux development team have thrown up their hands in exasperation complaining that every time a new version of Ubuntu Linux came out, it broke compatibility with Eeebuntu.
They have therefore decided to break from Ubuntu in their next release.
Instead, Eeebuntu 4.0 will be based on Debian Unstable.
The next version is scheduled for release in December, pending a number of possible changes, with beta versions likely available before that time.
From this we can conclude four things:
- The developers will have more control over the project and more flexibility in the applications and updates added to the project.
- Instead of expecting new releases every six months or so, you should begin to see new releases as soon as they’re ready.
- The team plans to add support for desktops, not just netbooks.
- The name “Eeebuntu” is going to be a bit anachronistic.