Ubuntu Linux developers will develop a mobile version of their Debian-based Linux operating system in collaboration with Intel, in order to extend the open-source software's development to handheld internet-enabled devices.

Linux developers at the Ubuntu Developer Summit, held this week in Seville, will discuss details of the Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded project, announced on Saturday.

Intel plans a low-power processor and chipset architecture designed to allow full internet capability on mobile devices, according to a statement published on the Ubuntu website.

The move to offer a mobile and embedded version comes on the heels of a similar project that Intel is supporting: the GMAE (Gnome Mobile & Embedded Initiative), announced 19 April at the Embedded Linux Conference in Santa Clara, California. The initiative is open to developers, manufacturers and others interested in developing mobile device applications based on Gnome-based open-source components.

The Ubuntu Developer Summit is being organised by Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu. South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth initiated the project to create Ubuntu, based on Debian GNU/Linux, and founded Canonical in 2004. Canonical offers usage and basic support of the operating system for free, and additional services on commercial terms.