Ubuntu 14.04 released, will power commercial tablets soon

Ubuntu 14.04 released, will power commercial tablets soon
Ubuntu Touch is getting closer and closer to commercial release. The phone version of the software has been essentially done since October, but there haven't been any devices to hit the market because of the needed work to deal with carriers. Today, Ubuntu 14.04 was released, which has made the software fully ready for tablets.

Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said in March that the first Ubuntu phones will likely come out this fall, but since manufacturers won't need to worry about carriers, there is a fair chance that we'll see commercially available Ubuntu tablets before then. Canonical put out a press release today saying that 14.04 (codenamed Trusty Tahr) will "form the basis of the first commercially available Ubuntu tablets from Canonical's OEM partners", but there was no word on exactly who those partners might be. 

Developers can build apps that will run on any form factor, but in Canonical's vision, "convergence" means the same OS code running on all devices as well. But, Canonical has not yet been able to finish the full convergence of the Ubuntu code, so there will still be separate downloads for desktops and mobile devices.



9. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

This is really really good news. The market needs a Linux alternative that is likely to remain more open than Android. While I think Android is great, Google is doing some terrible things to make it a closed OS. Like fireblade said, if devs can recompile their apps for ARM (or if end users can get an Ubuntu tablet that runs on an Intel chip) and use desktop apps, that will be amazingly great. There's a lot of great apps for Ubuntu that would work well on tablets.

11. express77 unregistered

Yes, thats their plan. wish the os is resource friendly.

7. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Good, I'd like to see other free OS other than android become popular. I hope ubuntu has the capability of running desktop apps in mobile devices. If it's true, it will be awesome

6. express77 unregistered

Like the company name 'Canonical' but don't like the OS name 'Ubuntu'. But Os looks promising.


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

I don't like this android ripoff

4. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

isn't that the other way around?

5. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

How in the earth this is android rip off??? It has it's own UI... own functionality.....

8. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

android is based on linux, so if Ubuntu delivers, it could become a serious contender and most android apps should run with minor code changes.

1. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I don't see the difference between Ubuntu 13.10 & 14.04

3. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Because you haven't used it..... I'll wait for all the bugs to be solved out..then I'll update ..

10. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I'll also wait. For Spatry's review

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