Ubuntu 9.04 Portable aka UNR

April 26, 2009


The new ubuntu 9.04 was released into the wild wild web last Thursday. With it not so many new features except, support for Ext4 file system (and great boot time improvement), little notification poping from time to time and popular themes coming out of the box.

The most interesting thing for me was the release at the same time of the Portable edition called UNR for ubuntu netbook remix. I’ve been thinking about buying a Netbook for a while now, and UNR is looking like a good alternative for netbook users to the normal ubuntu flavor.

So grabeĀ  the .img file there the file is ~900MB.

To turn it in a bootable USB, just install a software called USB-imagewriter

sudo apt-get install usb-imagewriter

Open it trough Applications-> Accessories

Then it’s quite straight forward.


Once the files are copied on the USB, you’re ready to boot.

Of course your computer should be able to boot from an external drive.

So here is how ubuntu mobile/portable/unr looks like:


The different applications are on the left, icones are displayed in the middle, on the right you can select, drives and folders. On the top right the usual things network and volume manager and the clock. Almost all the software open full screen but you can of course come back to the main menu by clicking on the ubuntou logo on the top left.

My conclusion is that UNR is a good flavour of Ubuntu, certainly more suitable for small screens, but still loaded with good applications, I was also thinking that it can be great for elderly people who never touched a computer. Well it’s worth give it a try. Also the way applications are taking almost all the screen make you gain a lot in visibility almost no space is wasted on useless windows.

If you’re a ubuntu user who’s about to buy a netbook don’t forget to visit the support page to see wich one is best suited for UNR

You can check the other screens in the gallerie