Canonical has released Ubuntu Mobile Internet Device (MID) Edition. Based on the Ubuntu Linux distribution, it has been optimized to run on devices that meet MID specifications (4 to 7-inch touch screen, physical and/or virtual keyboard, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, WiMAX, a minimum of 2GB of storage, 256MB or more RAM, OpenGL 3D, USB, camera, head phone jack, speakers, microphone).
As with its desktop sibling, it comes with a suite of applications and codecs. These include web browsing, email, media, camera, VoIP, instant messaging, GPS, blogging, digital TV, games, contacts, and calendaring applications and tools. Given that MIDs come with touchscreens, Ubuntu MID Edition is touch-driven and supports gestures for intuitive navigation and control.
Ubuntu MID Edition is now available for download. Canonical is also offering it to OEMs and ODMs in the hopes that they will bundle it with future devices.