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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Surprised no one pointed this out...
by leech on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 05:53 UTC
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...But hasn't the majority of all the 'Android' kernel patches been merged upstream?

Most drivers are actually just open source ones. I think the main ones that usually aren't are Video, Battery / power management, Wifi, and GSM/CDMA modules.

And if the 'shims' are there for an OEM to add to a kernel with the blobs, then I don't see why Canonical couldn't license them from the manufacturers and not need any of the code from the Android kernels at all...

Obviously this is what Jolla is doing with Sailfish. Either that or they got a lot of that stuff from Nokia. But they were saying in their presentation that they've been able to adapt it to pretty much any device they've tried within a 24 (or was it 48?) hour period.

This tells us a few things;

1) It'll run on older hardware (most videos show it running on the N950)

2) It doesn't require multicore processors to run awesomely.

3) They know what they're doing.

My biggest problem with Ubuntu would be all the random issues with performance. I installed the 12.04 and 12.10 on my HP Touchsmart (dual-core Turion with 4gb of ram) and it would randomly pause for 5 seconds at a time while trying to type. I know it wasn't Unity because I tried Gnome Shell and I tried KDE.

Gave up and went back to Bridge Linux on it, and haven't had any issues since.

It was odd to say the least.

So with a phone, they'd better concentrate a lot on battery life. I know several people that went back to 'dumb' phones because they were tired of having to charge their phone wherever they went.

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