In 2008, when a significant percentage of netbooks shipped with Linux rather than Windows, Linpus Linux Lite looked like a major player. Acer had called on the folks at Linpus to design the operating system for its first generation of 8.9-inch netbooks, and the future looked bright.
A year and a half later, over 90% of netbooks come with Windows XP or Windows 7 Starter Edition, and Linux distros like Linpus and Xandros don’t sound so exciting. Of course, that could change as smartbooks with ARM processors start hitting the market, as they aren’t capable of running Windows.
Anyway, if you’re wondering what Linpus has been up to, jkkmobile sat down with the company at CeBIT this week and shot a teaser video for the latest version of the Linpus Linux Lite netbook operating system.
The user interface has been revamped and it is easier to customize the tab-based program launcher. Along the right side of the screen are a series of tabs for things like “Games” or “Internet.” Click on a tab and you can add icons for favorite programs in each category. You can now create as many tabs as you want and rearrange them by drag and drop.
Honestly, I think the UI makes more sense for a touchscreen device than a netbook with a keyboard and touchpad. But maybe one day we’ll see Linpus on one of the upcoming 15,000 iPad competitors.
Video after the break.