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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Based on android?
by linux-lover on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 21:20 UTC
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2011-04-25

I am pretty sure Ubuntu Phone OS runs a standard GNU/Linux stack. On phoronix forums they say it is running x.org.

I think you are confused with Ubuntu for android, which is a seperate product for phones that run android as the OS. Ubuntu for android is like an app. You plug the phone in to a dock on a PC and the screen becomes a full ubuntu unity desktop on the PC, running off the phone's hardware. Only available to OEMs.

Ubuntu for android has an ETA of q4 2013, and Ubuntu phone is eta on q1 2014.

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RE: Based on android?
by shmerl on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 22:10 in reply to "Based on android?"
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2010-06-08

Not without some trick like libhybris if they claim that they use Android drivers.

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Wayland?
by malxau on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 22:21 in reply to "Based on android?"
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2005-12-04

On phoronix forums they say it is running x.org.


So not Wayland? Obviously x.org gets the best appcompat, but all apps would need to be at least recompiled for ARM, and smooth graphics seems like a higher priority than network transparency in a phone.

I'd be curious/appreciative if anyone has any more information on this.

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RE: Wayland?
by Lennie on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 23:45 in reply to "Wayland?"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Wayland isn't done yet. But Canonical is very eager to start moving desktop and phone over to Wayland for obvious reasons.

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RE: Wayland?
by leech on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 05:43 in reply to "Wayland?"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

I have a Nokia N9 and it uses X.org, and I must say it is no slouch when it comes to smoothness. Especially after the "FasterN9" package, which tweaks the 'niceness' of the priorities to make things snappier.

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