The first Acer netbooks to hit the market in 2008 ran Linpus Linux Lite, a custom Linux distribution optimized for small screens. While you don’t see many Linux netbooks anymore, the folks at Linpus haven’t given up on the mobile space, and they present the latest versions of Linpus for netbooks and tablets.
This includes a new version of Linpus Linux Lite for netbooks with a completely redesigned user interface and a version that uses MeeGo technology.
Linpus also introduces Linpus Lite Slate Edition, which is optimized for touchscreen devices with Intel Moorestown and Oak Trail chips. Linpus Lite Slate Edition should be available during 2011.
Chippy at Carrypad caught up with Linpus at computex, and he shot an overview video of the three operating systems (Linpus Lite, MeeGo and Slate editions), which you can check out after the break.
One area where Linpus has really made a difference is user personalization. The new version of Linpus Lite makes it much easier to create home screen tabs for any category you like. If you want an entire tab full of icons for games, you can do that. Linpus Linux Lite is available as a free download if you want to try it out on your netbook, but the company hopes to preload it on newer netbooks as well.
The MeeGo version of Linpus looks a lot like the standard version of MeeGo Linux that I checked out last week. Basically, Linpus software runs in the background, with the MeeGo user interface and CPU optimizations running on top of it.
Linpus Lite Slate Edition wasn’t ready to show off when Chippy stopped by the Linpus booth, but a Linpus rep hinted that it might look a lot like the MeeGo Tablet Edition UI that we have already seen it demonstrated at computex.