Canonical today officially unveiled a new iteration of Ubuntu Linux at Computex Taipei dubbed Ubuntu Netbook Remix. The OS is touted as a “reworked desktop image of Ubuntu built specifically for a new category of portable internet-centric devices.”

The remix is based on the standard Ubuntu Desktop Edition but is optimized for the Intel Atom processor and has a launcher that “allows users to get on-line more quickly and have faster access to their favorite applications.” Unlike its other consumer and enterprise Linux flavors, Ubuntu Netbook Remix will not be available for download as it will be offered only through a number of unnamed OEMs.

The move was expected and is a logical one for Canonical given the ever growing popularity of low-cost, small form factor “Netbook” computers. However, now that Microsoft is also encouraging PC makers to install its ubiquitous XP on low-cost machines by providing deep discounts, it will certainly be an uphill battle for the Linux vendor.