Canonical announced yesterday the release of their latest venture, the Ubuntu mobile OS. Ubuntu is a popular Linux distribution thanks to it’s easy to install nature and ease of use. Though some people in the Linux community think that it’s a bit of a poor distro, I love it and think that it’s a brilliant addition to the collection of smartphone operating systems available right now.
“We expect Ubuntu to be popular in the enterprise market, enabling customers to provision a single secure device for all PC, thin client and phone functions. Ubuntu is already the most widely used Linux enterprise desktop, with customers in a wide range of sectors focused on security, cost and manageability”
– CEO of Canonical, Jane Silber
Though the Ubuntu OS is built around Android kernels and drivers, it’s goal is to be a direct competitor to Google’s smartphone OS. With gestures in mind Ubuntu OS is packed full of thumb gestures that can be done from all four edges of the screen, which enables users to find content and switch between apps much quicker than it’s competitors as demonstrated immediately in the video above.
According to the video above, Canonical are releasing a version of the Ubuntu OS for the Galaxy Nexus within the next few weeks, but bare in mind that it’ll be a little laggy and slow, but as mentioned in the video above it will be a development version so there’s still room for improvement.
Developers who are interested in creating apps for the Ubuntu OS will be pleased to know that there’s a QML-based Ubuntu SDK that asures apps created for the OS will run on both the phone and the desktop version of Ubuntu!
Canonical will be planning to release Ubuntu handsets by 2014, but are currently looking for partners to help manufacture an Ubuntu OS.
They have released a couple of details on their website about their plans for an “entry level” device and a “super phone” model.
The entry level model is hopefully going to have a 1Ghz Cortex A9 processor, 512MB – 1GB RAM, 4-8GB eMMC + SD storage options, and multi-touch. The more appealing “super phone” model is looking to have a Quad-core A9 or Intel Atom processor, a minimum of 1GB RAM, at least a 32GB eMMC + SD in terms of memory, multitouch, and “Desktop Convergence” (the ability to use the device as a desktop computer by docking the device in to a monitor and keyboard.
There’s something exciting brewing here, so keep checking back here for more info about the Ubuntu OS!
Video Source: The Verge