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Ubuntu Touch will be ready for daily use in "a couple of weeks"

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When we did our hands-on looks at Ubuntu Touch Preview for phones and tablets, it was quite obvious that the platform wasn't ready for prime time. Quite a number of things flat out didn't work, and the core apps weren't included. But, it seems that work is going quickly, because Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth says that Ubuntu Touch will be ready for daily use in "a couple of weeks".

The news came as part of an interview that Shuttleworth did with ZDNet which mostly covered the general marketing stuff that we've heard already from Shuttleworth, but there were some interesting points. Shuttleworth really pushed Ubuntu as a solution for enterprise, saying it offers "full disk encryption for the enterprise and separately encryption of each user session, and... all of that can be tied into LDAP or Active Directory, so... this becomes the first truly secure tablet that can be used for military purposes, finance, medical — sensitive, compliance-intensive uses". 

Shuttleworth mentioned the work to increase device support, as we've seen, and that the Touch Preview image was downloaded 75,000 times in the first 6 hours of release, which is pretty solid. He reiterated that he expects Ubuntu phones on the market by January 2014 and tablets by April 2014, saying that "right now, you can't really use it as your every day driver, but in a couple of weeks you'll be able to."

The community seems to be rallying around Ubuntu and there is a lot of work happening, but a couple weeks to hit the level ready for daily use seems pretty optimistic. Of course, if it does happen, you can be sure that we'll bring you an updated hands-on. 

source: ZDNet via OMG!Ubuntu!

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posted on 02 Mar 2013, 17:51 1

1. lyndon420 (Posts: 4966; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Looking forward to checking it out.

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 18:19

2. roscuthiii (Posts: 2233; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Ugh... on contract until beginning of 2014. Can't wait til then to see what's been developed with Ubuntu Touch, Mozilla's foray into mobile OS, Tizen/Bada, & Blackberry's QNX based OS. Plus, there's always the Android, Windows Phone, and maybe even iOS developments to shake things up again. Could WebOS even rear it's head in the near future?

Soooo much potential for an interesting and competitive 2013!!!

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 18:20

3. roscuthiii (Posts: 2233; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

I'm gonna have to take a 2nd job at a retailer just so I can sit in a corner and play with myself... with the handsets I mean.

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 18:23

4. techguy22 (Posts: 227; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

cant live without google play. this still wont be ready for me. i have a lot of exclusive android apps i use daily.

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 20:43 1

6. Hemlocke (unregistered)

Finally, a healthy competitor for Android that won't barter my information to the highest bidder. I really liked the look of the Preview, so I may have to make a trade soon for another Nexus 4 so I can run UT.

posted on 03 Mar 2013, 13:58

10. housry23 (Posts: 131; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)

If you have a Nexus 7, you can run it on that. When I tried it wasn't ready, but believe me, my friend, when they roll out this "ready" version, I'll try again!

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 21:41 1

7. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Open source community can churn out things fast. This of course isn't for people who base their choice of OS based on how many billion apps the ecosystem has and how many billions have never been downloaded even once.

On first given opportunity i will move away from Android to Ubuntu --- in 2014 obviously.

posted on 03 Mar 2013, 05:19 1

8. JunkCreek (Posts: 407; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

but, just like desktop, without any developer creating applications for the platform, it surely die. even ubuntu on desktop was still not par on productivity compared to windows and mac. ubuntu/linux offer infinity of development, but without any or only a view developer develop it, real developer company not just only community, it is hard for the os to grow up, just like linux.

posted on 03 Mar 2013, 14:01

11. housry23 (Posts: 131; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)

Ubuntu on the desktop is certainly "grown". Have you tried it lately? Steam is now available, LibreOffice Suite is amazing and even compatible with most MS Office files. There are some things that are not yet on par, but most things are and I have not used Windows in at least 6 months. Ubuntu is fast, secure and extremely usable.

posted on 03 Mar 2013, 06:52 1

9. hiBreed (Posts: 90; Member since: 29 May 2012)

If they make it compatible with apk, it will surely grow. Though I prefer windows 8 on desktop, but I think I'll be installing this on an android phone and tablet, looks promising

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