A New Smartphone with Linux Ubuntu is Knocking the Door

Can you hear the Raring Ringtail (Ubuntu 13.4)’s ring in a smart device that’s in your hand? If not, then read this article.

Canonical Ltd, a parent company to Ubuntu on its official website having a banner quoting “So close, you can almost touch it.” This is suggesting a lot. A lot in the terms of Smartphone and Tablets, a lot in the terms of touch supporting interface.

Smartphone with Linux

 

Ubuntu as the name itself suggests “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity” (an old African philosophy), now clearly working on its fully touch function interface. It is undoubtedly clear that the Smartphone interface of Ubuntu will be based on Unity interface. The South African entrepreneur and owner of Ubuntu Mark Shuttleworth once said in an interview that they are committed to make Unity their universal interface for PC, Tablets and Smart phones. And keeping their words, on 9th January 2012, at the Consumer Electronic Show Ubuntu has announced Ubuntu TV.

WHY UBUNTU?

Now what is so special about Ubuntu?

Ubuntu belongs to a Unix-like OS family and is composed of many software packages, and most of them are free wares (distributed under free software license). The licenses used are GNU GPL and GNU LGPL, so they can be modified by anyone, an open license service! (Here comes an innovation and accessibility hand on hand). There are also some packages mainly proprietary hardware drivers that can run on Ubuntu. The best feature of the OS is its graphical environment on desktop especially after the development of Unity. Moreover Ubuntu compiles their packages into GCC (GNU compiler chain) fetures such as PIE (Position Independent Executables) and Buffer overflow Protection to harden their surface. So, ultimately they are gaining an increased security at little expense of performance.

As per another interview Shuttleworth has officially said that Full Touch enabled interfaced will be available at their release of Ubuntu 14.4 (April 2014). But we may hope it will be Raring Ringtail who is going to ring the bell, as there are certain clear indications. Shuttleworth has recently written in his blog that “Unity in 2013 will be all about mobile.”

So, let’s wait and watch and don’t forget to share your opinion.

To your success

Yogesh Vashist

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