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Foresight Mobile Edition 1.0 Release Notes

Foresight Mobile Edition is a Linux distribution for your netbook or ultra portable PC that features a rolling release schedule that always keeps your desktop up to date; a revolutionary package manager, Conary; a customized GNOME desktop environment for smaller screens and an innovative set of excellent, up to date software applications.

We hope you enjoy using Foresight as much as we do. Because your netbook should be cool.

Foresight Mobile Edition 1.0. Release Notes

  1. What's new
    1. Introducing the Foresight Mobile Edition
    2. Included applications
    3. Tested Netbooks
  2. Downloading and Installing
  3. Filing Issues and Bugs
  4. Getting Help
  5. Contribute to Foresight Linux
  6. More information
  7. Credits

What's new

The Foresight Mobile Edition is the first release of Foresight for netbooks and ultra mobile PCs. The Mobile Edition features a customized GNOME desktop optimized for smaller screens, based on the netbook remix project from Canonical. The default behavior of the desktop is different than that of the Foresight GNOME Edition.

The default desktop features quick and easy links to applications, documents and other GNOME software. To return to the main desktop with menu options, click the GNOME foot logo in the upper left hand corner of the top panel.

The Foresight Mobile Edition features the following applications:

  • F-Spot Photo Manager
  • Firefox Web Browser
  • Pidgin Instant Messenger
  • Banshee Media Player
  • GNOME Movie Player

And a number of accessories and system utilities included in GNOME desktop.

The Foresight GNOME edition repositories are available to Mobile Edition Users. To search for additional software, click on the Administration menu on the left hand side, and then Add / Remove Software.

Tested Netbooks

The Foresight Mobile Edition has been tested on both the Asus eeePC and the Intel Classmate. If you install the Foresight Mobile Edition on a different, we welcome all feedback on your installation and user experience.

On the Asus eeePC, two known bugs include Power Off not working via software and wireless networking does not work on resume.

Downloading and Installing

The Foresight Mobile Edition is available for download at

Filing Issues and Bugs

Please report any issues or bugs you encounter while using the Foresight Mobile Edition. Foresight's issue tracker, JIRA, is available at This is the first release of the Mobile Edition, and all bug reports and feedback are welcome.

Getting Help

Help is available in many forms, and you can choose what you're most comfortable with.

  • IRC: Visit the Foresight IRC channel, #foresight on Freenode, and ask questions. We have one of the most friendly IRC channels you'll come across with everyone from users to developers reaching out to help answer questions.
  • Forums: Our forums continue to grow, and are a good source of information to check if a specific problem or question has come up before.
  • Wiki: Documentation on the wiki is growing on a daily basis, with updates often to the Frequently Asked Questions and other how-to's to get you going with Foresight Linux.
  • Mailing Lists:

Contribute to Foresight Linux

Foresight Linux has a vibrant and friendly community, ready to assist any level of user. Participation is also welcome and encouraged! There are several different ways to engage with the Foresight community:

  1. You can find us in #foresight on Foresight users can click the X-Chat GNOME icon in Applications -> Internet menu to access IRC
  2. Contribute to the Foresight Wiki
  3. Package and maintain software. Visit the Developer Wiki at for more information

More Information

You can find more information about Foresight on our website at

If you're new to using Foresight, please check out the Getting Started with Foresight User Guide. Click on System -> User Guide. The User Guide contains information on installing software, adding MP3 and DVD support, and an overview of commonly used applications.

Ask live questions in IRC on the Freenode network in the #foresight channel.

Subscribe to the Foresight Linux Newsletter in your feed reader, such as Liferea, at


Thanks to Ken VanDine, Antonio Meireles, Paul Cutler and all the developers and users who contributed to this release. Please file any bugs!

Thank you for using Foresight. Because your netbook should be cool.

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