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Tutorial explores mobile, embedded Ubuntu

Jan 22, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 13 views

IBM DeveloperWorks is hosting a free online tutorial on using the Ubuntu Linux distribution for mobile embedded devices. The tutorial explores Ubuntu 7.10 and the Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded (UME) project.

The two-hour tutorial investigates the UME architecture and shows how to install and test the Hildon desktop. It describes how to build a Ubuntu development environment for mobile devices, and shares new approaches to Linux kernel configuration and environment construction.

MID architecture
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Co-sponsored by Canonical and Intel, UME is tailored for Intel-based mobile Internet devices (MIDs) based on Intel's currently shipping McCaslin and forthcoming Menlow chipsets. MIDs are smaller and more appliance-like than the UMPC concept co-launched with Microsoft in 2006. Whereas UMPCs have 5- to 7-inch displays and boot the slow-moving Windows GUI, MIDs will have 4- to 6-inch displays, boot simplified Linux-based UIs with “instant-on” performance, and offer consumer price points. UME is working to port Ubuntu to Intel's lpia low-power architecture, starting with an lpia bootloader and a port of the Hildon application framework, best known for its use in the Nokia 770 and N800 Internet tablets.


Registration and more information on the Ubuntu mobile tutorial is available here

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