Pulling spaghetti strands of beta code from Canonical's source repository and tying the slippery ends together, Ars Technica has some impressions up of Ubuntu's new subnotebook optimized OS, Netbook Remix. The new tabs-like application switcher seems particularly righteous:
The other major component of the Remix user interface is its unusual window switcher, which is designed to mimic the look and feel of tabs. Program windows are all permanently maximized. Each window places an icon in the window switcher bar and the active window is highlighted as though it is a selected tab. To the right of the icons, the rest of the space is taken up by a single tab that displays the title of the active window and a close button.
It seems like an approach that is particularly well-suited to small screens. So, looking good from a design perspective, although Ars Technica laments the typical preponderance of excremental brown. We sympathize. Still, there's the question of customers: are any subnotebook manufacturers going to take Ubuntu up on this? My guess is that the first subnotebook we see Netbook Remix on will be a Dell.
Hands on with the Ubuntu Netbook Remix [Ars Technica]