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Job Posting Reveals Canonical's Plans for Ubuntu Phone OS

By - Source: via Engadget | B 20 comments

Before a company can release a new product, they need to develop it. Oftentimes, if they don't have the right people in-house, they'll also need to hire one or more people to come in and help with the development. A job listing is one of the best ways to get the word out about the type of person the company is looking for and what this person would need to be able to do to fill the position. Unfortunately, a public job listing of any kind is also the quickest way to let the world in on the fact that you're working on something new.

Earlier on, a job posting on Valve's website more or less confirmed rumors that the company is working on its own gaming hardware. Now, another posting has revealed that Canonical is likely working on its own smartphone OS. Engadget points to a posting over on Canonical's site that advertises a desire for a "Business Development Manager (Ubuntu Phone OS)." As if that wasn't specific enough, the posting itself leaves little room for doubt about the company's plans for the successful applicant:

"Canonical is seeking a business development lead to engage and develop strong relationships with industry partners in the run up to the launch of Ubuntu as a smartphone operating system," the post reads. "The successful candidate will be an outstanding professional in the smartphone ecosystem with experience of engaging with both handset manufacturers and telco operators. This is an extraordinary opportunity and we are looking for someone who combines an outstanding track record of working with industry influencers and decision makers, an enthusiasm and aptitude for technology and a deep understanding of the dynamics of the market."

Anyone looking to apply for the position must have seven or more years of experience in the smartphone field, and the ability to build strong relationships between multiple departments (including sales, marketing, business development, engineering and product management) among other things. They will be responsible for establishing a commercial ecosystem around Ubuntu as a smartphone OS, driving awareness of Ubuntu's smartphone strategy across key industry decision makers, and successfully launching the Ubuntu smartphone ecosystem.

Canonical hasn't commented on the job posting but it certainly looks like Apple, Microsoft, and Google can expect some Ubuntu-flavored competition in the smartphone arena sometime soon.

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    Anonymous , April 15, 2012 5:53 PM
    This is really good finally root access without special tricks.
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    upgrade_1977 , April 15, 2012 6:14 PM
    So are we gonna have to code everything to get it all working the way we want?
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    razor512 , April 15, 2012 6:27 PM
    It could be successful if they make it easy to use, (eg that most people will never even see a command line unless they want to, and also avoid everything about this when it comes to installing anything )

    if they can do that then it will be a great alternative.

    Also keep in mind that since it will be their first attempt at smartphones, there wont be many apps so it will have a lot of catching up to do.
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    Anonymous , April 15, 2012 6:51 PM
    I am looking forward to Ubuntu on tablets and phones. The new Unity OS is geared toward touchscreen devices and has been working toward this for years, while getting flack from users. Personally, I'm still on Gnome for my desktop system, but am looking forward to a phone/tablet OS which doesn't feel like crippleware. I want to be able to do simple things: require a root password to make changes to the system, take a screenshot without root access and a third party program, copy/paste easily etc. This is what Unity was born for and its great to see the pieces falling into place. Mark Shuttleworth may turn out to be a visionary for bringing Ubuntu Linux into the technology of the 21st century.
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    Filiprino , April 15, 2012 6:52 PM
    Canonical worked on having Dalvik executing under Ubuntu. Alien Dalvik does the same for Maemo and MeeGo.
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    coder543 , April 15, 2012 8:27 PM
    @Razor512: That almost angers me. Why would you post a link to something dealing with Ubuntu 7.04? You realize we're currently on the verge of Ubuntu 12.04? Ubuntu does not need a terminal to operate these days. It is there for *convenience.* (Yes, it makes my life easier to be able to automate any task I want.) Users can poke a GUI all day if they want. Let me quickly grab a link to Windows 95 being failific....
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    Cy-Kill , April 15, 2012 8:28 PM
    "Also keep in mind that since it will be their first attempt at smartphones, there wont be many apps so it will have a lot of catching up to do."

    But didn you read, there's a planned merge between the mainline Linux kernel and Android's forked Linux kernel.
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    razor512 , April 15, 2012 10:06 PM
    In that case it would be good especially if there can be support for android apps.

    also @coder543, while that example is old, it still exist for the current versions of ubuntu, mainly for the apps that are in the tar.gz format where you have to go through a ton of commands to install them (while some can be install if 3-4 commands, there are many that require you to edit config files just to get the program installed.

    My main point in the statement is as long as they can avoid as much command line as possible then it will attract a wide user base.

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    lathe26 , April 16, 2012 1:01 AM
    I agree with Razor512: Ubuntu has to protect the average user from EVER seeing the command prompt. Anything that requires the prompt equal failure for the average user. The prompt is fine for advanced users.

    Let's hope Ubuntu can avoid problems like the 11.04 upgrade 'grub' debacle.
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    torka , April 16, 2012 1:21 AM
    amdfreakgreat news. Does this mean we can expect Ubuntu Store soon for Ubuntu phone apps ?

    there already is an Ubuntu app store (Ubuntu Software Center), its been around for a few years, and with Ubuntu One they are already getting geared up for cross platform syncing and apps or whatever =D
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    Anonymous , April 16, 2012 3:53 AM
    I wonder how long it will be before Canonical is hit by a trainload of bogus patent lawsuits from Apple/MS... =(
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    __-_-_-__ , April 16, 2012 6:21 AM
    I'm all for it. android is very closed
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    Anonymous , April 16, 2012 6:44 AM
    Uhhmm nokia N900 and Maemo anyone?
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    andywork78 , April 16, 2012 1:54 PM
    WoW Ubuntu Phone OS.
    When they are online and in market place.
    I will purchase one.
    May be it's ubuntu "Free"
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    Northwestern , April 16, 2012 6:01 PM
    upgrade_1977So are we gonna have to code everything to get it all working the way we want?

    Just like the good ol' days!
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , April 16, 2012 6:36 PM
    That would be sweet if this could also move to tablet OS.
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    richarduk , April 16, 2012 6:44 PM
    Would be good, I have used Ubuntu for a few years now having dropped windows because of the costly upgrades. I have also been using UbuntuOne for a few months, great cloud service. Works well on my android but better on the desktop as it's built in. Having a phone OS with it built in would be good. One note on caution on this job posting, it could be to do with 'Ubuntu for Android'??? I for one would throw my S2 in the bin and run out and buy ANY phone that had 'Ubuntu for Android' on it!
    Fed up waiting for my ICS update!!!! (UK Orange)
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    kronos_cornelius , April 17, 2012 1:53 AM
    I hope the use QT for the GUI development. The GUI in Android is primitive when compared to other Linux GUI development libraries. Other than that, I don't see much difference between Android and Ubuntu. I would expect their apps will be cross-compatible... sort of the way we have Gnome apps and KDE apps.
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    pocketdrummer , April 17, 2012 6:32 AM
    Wow, I guess you better not have a negative opinion about linux on these forums! Everyone who said something negative has gotten a thumb down. That's a bit sad.

    Lets be honest here. If Ubuntu wants an Ubuntu Phone to take off, they can't have much user interaction pressing "install" when they need something to work. Granted, I doubt this will be a problem, considering they'll be working on a small selection of hardware, so I doubt they'll have compatibility issues that require you to open a terminal.

    Realistically, you can expect an Android that allows you to customize it to the n'th degree with free (open) software that doesn't require you to "jailbreak" the phone to obtain.

    It could be great, or it can suck. We won't know until we see it.