When it comes to putting Ubuntu Linux on mobile devices,
Canonical has two flavors of their popular Linux distribution to suit
the needs of vendors and end-users: Ubuntu Netbook Remix and Ubuntu MID.
The former targets netbook computers (hence its name), particularly
those with Intel Atom processors, and brings a unique interface atop
GNOME. The Ubuntu MID edition is targeted for very small netbooks and
mobile Internet devices. Particularly, Ubuntu MID aims to be on handheld
devices and those with 4-7" touch-screens. Beyond having a different
user interface, Ubuntu MID is spun with LPIA packages instead of the
i386 package-set. LPIA is quite similar to i386, but targets the
Low-Power Intel Architecture with different compile-time optimizations.
With the low-power focus, will this distribution extend your battery
life? Yes, our results today show that the power consumption can be cut
down by greater than 10%.