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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Nelson
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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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Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

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.



Don't the Mali-T6** series have programming docs released? Least I remember reading something like that last year. If thats the case it's only a matter of time till there are decent drivers seeing that the Samsung Chomebook XE303C12 is running a Mali-T604 as part of the Exynos 5 SoC and is apparently selling like hotcakes.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Completely agree. Its a culture change inside GPU and other chipset vendors that needs to change (and I believe is, albeit slowly, changing).

Its a balance, because I recognize a lot of their methods, if they were to document them, would reveal a lot of secrets related to how they achieve performance relative to the competition, and other tightly held GPU secrets.

There's likely a growing consensus inside of Qualcomm and AMD and nVidea but they are still ultimately led by the Old Guard who stonewall most serious efforts to support Open source.

I think if resources are focused on lobbying for change on this, it could have the largest ROI for the open source community.

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