This article provides some information on five netbook-optimized desktop interfaces available for Linux and BSD desktop distributions. They are presented here in alphabetical order.
Jolicloud: Jolicloud is the interface on the cloud-based Linux distribution that goes by the same name. Jolicloud 1.0, the first stable release, is based on the desktop edition of Ubuntu 9.04. The next stable release, Jolicloud 1.1, will be based on Ubuntu 10.04. Jolicloud does not have the hardware limitation of Unity, and will run on all computers, old or new.
KDE Plasma Netbook: This is the netbook- and tablet-optimized version of the KDE desktop. If you are running any KDE-based distribution, it is already part of your installation. You just need to activate it from the Control Center. This is the best of the interfaces listed in this article. The design logic is the most beautiful, and it is purely a joy to use. See exploring the KDE Plasma Netbook interface for screenshots and a detailed review.
Bookmarking applications on KDE Plasma Netbook interface.
Simple Mode: Simple Mode is the alternate interface on Linpus Lite, a Linux distribution designed for use on netbook computers. In the version of Linpus Lite reviewed here (Linpus Lite 1.4), it is not the default, and most be installed by the user. It is, in a sense, a hybrid interface, because elements of the Classic desktop are visible and accessible while it is activated.
Linpus Lite 1.4 is not yet available for download, but you may download Linpus Lite 1.3 here. Note: Linpus Lite 1.3 does not have a standalone installer. It must be installed from Windows 7/XP/Vista.
Games in the Sky theme of Simple Mode