Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 19:05 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Expected, but still insanely cool: Canonical has just announced Ubuntu for phones. This is a new mobile phone operating system, with its own user interface and development platform. It's built around Qt5 and QML, and the interface reminds me of MeeGo on the N9. It's supposed to be on the shelves in early 2014, but the developer preview is out today.
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Impressed.
by Nelson on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 20:05 UTC
Nelson
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I think that what Ubuntu did today is show how much of a difference execution can make.

So far we have three emerging(or two, depending on who you ask) mobile OSes which are Linux based and have a glimmer of hope. Those being Sailfish, Firefox OS, and now Ubuntu.

The huge difference is in how they achieve their goals. Sailfish doesn't really have much direction or purpose, or even a clever strategy to gain foothold.

Firefox OS is even worse in that regard, and I don't really trust Mozilla to produce anything high quality after they've fucked up Firefox to twelve shades of shit.

Ubuntu on the other hand showed a beautiful OS with some of the most thoughtful gestures I've seen on any mobile OS. It clearly borrows from competitors while still retaining it's unique selling proposition.

Using Android devices to bootstrap your OS is a clever (if non ideal) solution, you can quickly grow an enthusiast base off of existing devices AND you can have an easier time convincing OEMs to reconfigure existing lineups for Ubuntu OS.

Microsoft for example had issues getting OEMs like Samsung and HTC to do meaningful timesinks into Windows Phone because of the engineering effort required to re-jig their Android Phones (Chipset differences, driver differences, more limited h/w selection, etc.)

Ubuntu avoids all of this by using the Linux Kernel with Android Patches (and probably, hopefully(?) some Android user base code) without resorting to something fucking lame like Android app compatibility which looks stupid on anything other than Android.

This to me speaks to the seriousness and pragmatism of Ubuntu.

This is probably a rambling comment, but overall I'm way more impressed than I expected to be. I think it's a little more than impressed, I'm actually excited to see this thing mature.

I think Google should be scared, as this is another example of Android going out of control.

Its also very telling how Ubuntu (which has a fraction of the resources Google has) can build a more cohesive experience with their OS compared to Android.

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