Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Feb 2013 16:23 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu After desktops and phones, Ubuntu is now bringing its Linux distribution to tablets. Coming Thursday, preview images for Google's Nexus tablets will be released, so we can all get a good long look at what Canonical is cooking up. They've published a YouTube video which details all that Ubuntu has to offer for tablets, and to be honest, it's looking quite good.
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Leery but hopeful
by brion on Tue 19th Feb 2013 16:48 UTC
brion
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2010-11-04

I've been a bit down on Canonical's mobile offerings since they seem to be missing visible source code, are being developed secretly somewhere, and have no hardware partners.

But I'm hopeful it'll turn out nice... at a minimum, having an alternate hobbyist OS is cool. At best, they might actually pick up some hardware and capture some of the market... but an increasingly fractured "native apps" landscape makes me worried as a developer. Sigh, can't win. ;)

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RE: Leery but hopeful
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 19th Feb 2013 19:05 in reply to "Leery but hopeful"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

There is some discussion amongst the qt quick using operating systems to standardize their api's. That would make it a lot easier to target plasma active, ubuntu and Blackberry. Qt 5 is also being developed as a platform for android and ios, so there is hope for a unified development platform. However, other cross platform toolkits end up just sucking on every platform. So be careful what you wish for.

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RE[2]: Leery but hopeful
by Nelson on Tue 19th Feb 2013 19:24 in reply to "RE: Leery but hopeful"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

They should aim to speak the same language, just different dialects.

QML, Qt, and everything that comes with that can be the bedrock of all emerging platforms (Sailfish, Ubuntu OS, BB10, Plasma Ative, etc) and every OS just differentiate an API on top of that.

You wouldn't get write once run anywhere but you'd get a very compelling cross platform developer story. I'd certainly buy into it.

If the various groups can coordinate this and pull it off I'll be impressed and Linux will be a lot better off for it.

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