Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Feb 2008 21:30 UTC, submitted by irbis
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Canonical today hoped to preempt all comers today with news of Ubuntu Mobile. Its first Linux variant aimed at handhelds, the software is tailored for the Mobile Internet Devices expected to launch in spring based on Intel's Silverthorne technology and is designed to recognize basic iPhone-like gestures such as swiping to scroll through menus and websites. A scrolling visual front end based on Flash or Clutter replaces the traditional Ubuntu desktop and is designed to be used solely with fingers, including an on-screen keyboard."
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MPX on mobile?
by raynevandunem on Thu 28th Feb 2008 02:28 UTC
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2006-11-24

If anything, I would think that the MPX extension for X.Org ( http://wearables.unisa.edu.au/mpx/ ) could be included in future Linux-based mobiles, at least after it is released in 2008-09 as part of X11R7.5.

The reason is that, when it is integrated into the main Linux distributions, it'll most likely lead to demo videos of "Compiz Fusion + multitouch" on YouTube. Demand for "multitouch-centric" applications (particularly image viewers like lowfat, file browsers, audio/video players and even web browsers) will follow, and newer desktop environments will be built around multitouch access.

When desktop Linux gets to that point, I think that a number of consumer device companies (maybe Sony?) will be attracted to the zero-cost of the free software used for these multitouch-centric desktop environments, and then simply compress them into a smaller package for handheld computers and other devices. They will possibly also enlist the contributions of the developers of the free multitouch-centric applications, kinda like Nokia+Trolltech or Google+Mozilla.

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