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Canonical Will Take Ubuntu to Smartphones, Tablets

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Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said that Ubuntu will be expanding its presence to target tablets and smartphones.

Shuttleworth made the announcement at the Ubuntu Developer Summit and just a few days after a Forrester analyst stated that Linux's plans for world domination, outside the server space, have been canceled. However, Canonical thinks that it can bring its Linux flavor to all personal computing form factors.

"An application for Ubuntu in the future will have multiple personalities. When it is running on a desktop computer, it will have a different personality from when it is running on a tablet," Shuttleworth said. "From a developer point of view, there will be a phenomenal amount of coherency and reuse of the core capabilities on the application."

Of course, Ubuntu will face at least the same number of challenges everyone else does - challenges that caused webOS to crash and burn; challenges that are preventing Windows Phone to gain traction; and challenges that force Blackberry down in market share. The mobile OS market has become a platform game, which Ubuntu can play if it can successfully rally developers who have the passion to create applications. According to Shuttleworth, Ubuntu's advantage would be a unified code base. He also argued that the Unity interface would deliver a similar look and feel across several platforms.

Canonical's biggest hurdle may not so much be technology, however. It may be the idea for something unique and special - something that is at least as good as Android, yet different enough to have its own appeal.

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    bobusboy , November 1, 2011 9:16 PM
    I would love a true open source linux phone....
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    house70 , November 1, 2011 9:14 PM
    Hah! The moment this hits the mainstream I am all over it! Imagine the open-source community hard at work to make it fully compatible with the hardware of your choice... Heaven.
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    jsheridan , November 1, 2011 9:14 PM
    The more options the better, competition always helps develope better products
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    bobusboy , November 1, 2011 9:16 PM
    I would love a true open source linux phone....
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    AbdullahG , November 1, 2011 9:21 PM
    Yes...yes...YES!
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    Anonymous , November 1, 2011 9:33 PM
    I don't know what to think on this, they've got a lot of work to do to adapt to a good user experience, used 11.04 it fits on a netbook like a glove, but verbatim as is Unity is a lousy smartphone Op. Env. compare to Android whose GUI system fits as a phone.
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    WR2 , November 1, 2011 9:54 PM
    If MS can put Win7 on phones and Win8 on tablets I suppose anything is possible.

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    bergieberg , November 1, 2011 10:00 PM
    Let me just put this here. Ubuntu sucks. Unity is the worst user interface since Windows 3.1. 11.10 broke every application I was using, then broke itself when I tried a clean install. Every time they make an update, I wonder how they manage to make it worse. I'm not talking XP -> Vista worse, I'm talking XP -> ME worse.
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    kilo_17 , November 1, 2011 10:14 PM
    This is good news. I'd take a Linux tablet over a Windows tablet any day, lol.
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    Anonymous , November 1, 2011 10:28 PM
    Yup ,ubuntu plus unity a mess i rather use vista...not
    Anyway ubuntu is not that free open source anymore.
    I wonder if it even qualifyes as a true linux platform.
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    stm1185 , November 1, 2011 10:30 PM
    Ubuntu smartphone. For those who find their smartphone not boring enough.
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    Parsian , November 1, 2011 10:34 PM
    1) Make UBUNTU even more user friendly and eye candy
    2) Come up with an method to avoid fragmentation
    3) Have a huge App Store from the day 1 + cross compatibility with Android apps
    4) Consult with devs from XDA
    5) Consult with kids/teens/and business folks
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    ares1214 , November 1, 2011 10:41 PM
    Ubuntu moving to smartphone, ARM moving to servers. Soon we will have ARM based desktops shipping with Ubuntu. Let it begin :D 
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    house70 , November 1, 2011 10:56 PM
    bergiebergLet me just put this here. Ubuntu sucks. Unity is the worst user interface since Windows 3.1. 11.10 broke every application I was using, then broke itself when I tried a clean install. Every time they make an update, I wonder how they manage to make it worse. I'm not talking XP -> Vista worse, I'm talking XP -> ME worse.

    That's why I use the LTS version. Works well.
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    ruel24 , November 1, 2011 11:06 PM
    If they're smart, they'll look at KDE Plasma Active, and not the Unity interface. However, lately, Ubuntu has proven itself to not be very smart at all.
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    11796pcs , November 1, 2011 11:25 PM
    WR2If MS can put Win7 on phones and Win8 on tablets I suppose anything is possible.

    Windows PHONE 7 not Windows 7. And yes, I think this is fantastic that Canonical is doing this. By the way, for all of you complaining about Unity just get 10.10 or 10.04 LTS. Problem solved!
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    nikorr , November 1, 2011 11:36 PM
    Bring it to the masses!
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    nikorr , November 1, 2011 11:37 PM
    Would that be an iPhone killer?
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    Anonymous , November 1, 2011 11:47 PM
    Bergieberg: I call FUD. You can dislike Unity, but Ubuntu has made huge leaps in stability from 9.10 onwards. What applications did it break for you? Links to the bug reports? That's what I thought.
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    Anonymous , November 1, 2011 11:55 PM
    Maybe Crysis will finally come to smartphones through Wine (?) ^_^
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    Anonymous , November 1, 2011 11:55 PM
    Maybe Crysis will finally come to smartphones through Wine (?) ^_^
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