Update: Canonical Now Not Working on Ubuntu Tablet OS

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Ubuntu developer Canonical is currently working on a tablet-specific Ubuntu OS for future devices. The tablet operating system will feature a touch-friendly UI and will be built from a lightweight version of Linux, possible Ubuntus upcoming 10.10 version, which the company calls Maverick Meerkat.

The company is reportedly working with hardware and component makers, including Freescale, Marvell and Texas Instruments to develop the device, which they hope will be ready for the Q1 2011. Intel and Pixel Qi also involved to help manage the tablets power needs.

Canonical currently offers Ubuntu 10.04 for PCs, servers and netbooks. It plans to combine the tablet OS and netbook OS into one system called Ubuntu Light.

Update: A German site is reporting that according to Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth, the original news source, Canonical VP Chris Kenyon, was misquoted. Canonical is not working on a tablet OS.

Source: PC World via Engagdet and golem.de viaGottaBeMobile

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