Ubuntu has made its marks as one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions ever, but Canonical has ambitions beyond typical desktops and laptops. We reported earlier this month on the Ubuntu Netbook Remix, a stripped-down version of the operating system that will target low-cost subnotebooks. Now, Phoronix reports that Canonical has released Ubuntu MID Edition 8.04, a version of the OS aimed at mobile Internet devices.
According to Phoronix's report (and the accompanying screenshots), the MID Edition is also a cut-down version of Ubuntu, but it features a user interface and input system tweaked specifically for MIDs. There's an on-screen keyboard and a custom, Gecko-based web browser designed to take up as little screen real estate as possible. Users will also find Pidgin for instant messaging, Claws Mail for e-mail, Moblin Media audio/video playback, and a bunch of other applications like a calendar, games, and so on.
If you're the lucky owner of an MID, you can grab Ubuntu 8.04 MID Edition from this page. You'll have to choose between builds for the older McCaslin platform or Menlow (a.k.a. Centrino Atom). If you don't own an MID, Phoronix points out that one can also grab an installer image for kernel-based virtual machines.