Job Posting Reveals Canonical's Plans for Ubuntu Phone OS

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.

Follow @JaneMcEntegart on Twitter.   

  • amk-aka-Phantom
    Redundant. Now we're gonna have over 9000 Linux MOBILE distros as well or what?
  • This is really good finally root access without special tricks.
  • upgrade_1977
    So are we gonna have to code everything to get it all working the way we want?
  • razor512
    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.
  • 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.
  • Filiprino
    Canonical worked on having Dalvik executing under Ubuntu. Alien Dalvik does the same for Maemo and MeeGo.
  • coder543
    @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....
  • Cy-Kill
    "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.
  • razor512
    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.

  • lathe26
    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.