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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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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The Chromebook has a Mali GPU!? Well shit, that's pretty cool. Too bad I just got a 12" Thinkpad or I'd be extra excited for that.

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