Ubuntu planned as one OS from mobile to desktop by 2014

Ubuntu planned as one OS from mobile to desktop by 2014
We've known for a while now that Ubuntu is slowly making the transition to mobile devices, but Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has finally laid out the plan for Ubuntu, which is to have it as one OS from mobile to desktop by 2014. We've seen the work of Ubuntu for Android, which seems to be something of a stopgap measure while the real work is going on. 

Ubuntu for Android will allow mobile devices to dock and become full Ubuntu desktops, transitioning data across as necessary, including open browser tabs, etc. Work is also going on to adapt Ubuntu for use on mobile devices, starting with a developer release and installer for the Nexus 7. To start, developers will work on the system processes and battery usage, and while Shuttleworth says that Ubuntu is already touch-ready, it is still a desktop OS, and won't be ready for mobile use until April 2014 with Ubuntu 14.04.

More interestingly, Shuttleworth says that "no OS ever succeeded by emulating another OS. Android is great, but if we want to succeed we need to bring something new and better to market." So, while both will share the Linux kernel, the plan is to offer something unique with Ubuntu although it isn't quite clear what that will be.

source: Slashdot



9. archangel9

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 07, 2010

I use Ubuntu for 7 years and Unity has been a joy so it's no surprise that it'll be making it's move to mobile devices.Linux has been around forever but everybody sleeps on it.

8. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i love to see thins one happen!

6. basicfull

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

It has a while to change things. I am sure that Unity will change all together, if it's still Unity by then.

5. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

But once he said that UI will be same across all ubuntu devices.....

3. amozhi

Posts: 131; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Ubuntu is a failure with Unity interface...it will loose its market to Android very soon

4. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Still, unity is mature than metro UI.....

7. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I quite enjoy Unity. I prefer GNOME3 a bit more, but there are just more lenses and things to add on to Unity, so it gets the win for me.

2. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Good if the mobile OS imitates/provides the desktop experience. Not the other way around like Windows 8.

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