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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tidux
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2011-08-13

Or they could just make their phones as open as the HTC HD2 and let the community take care of porting.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

You can do both, I think, by just support unlocked bootloaders. Then you face push back from carriers though.

I guess decent middle ground is having devices tailored for the OS they're made on, and having unlocked bootloader. Would allow custom ROMs (and alternate OSes if that your cup of tea) and would ensure a good experience.

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tidux Member since:
2011-08-13

Open drivers are the really big thing here. Without open drivers, there's only ever going to be one usable OS per device (or at least one usable kernel - thank you Linux!), and the whole GPU situation on ARM platforms is maddening. It's getting to the point where a legal mandate to open the source code of GPU drivers might be the only solution.

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