Ubuntu, like Windows, came in several flavors. There was a Desktop edition, a Server edition and a Netbook edition. Though, this created no confusion (like in Windows) since these versions were pretty clear in their name. Needless to say, the naming scheme was much more meaningful and far better than that on Windows.
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Going a step further, Canonical has announced that it will ship just one product named Ubuntu, from now onwards. This version of Ubuntu will be fully featured, and will have support across both netbooks and regular PCs. The Canonical blog writes,
The introduction of the new shell for Ubuntu means that we have a user interface that works equally well whatever the form factor of the PC. And the underlying technology works on a range of architectures including those common in netbook, notebooks, desktops or whatever you choose to run it on. Hence the need for a separate version for netbooks is removed.
With the netbook edition becoming a serious head-turner, this move will allow Ubuntu to focus its operations on one single product and make it better in every respect. Ubuntu sees a huge potential in the netbook market and has a stronghold in the field too.
To be clear, this is the opposite of us withdrawing from the netbook market. In fact looking at the download figures on ubuntu.com interest in netbooks is not only thriving but booming.
Another evident change is the removal of the word “Edition” from the release titles. Finally, Ubuntu will be available in two simple versions now- An Ubuntu Server and the desktop version called Ubuntu. The changes will be in place from the next version, namely Ubuntu 11.04.