Nice article about Ubuntu phone's interface.
The Inside Story Of Ubuntu's Gesture-Centric Smartphone | Co.Design: business + innovation + design
Six days to go!
Ubuntu Phone developer preview will arrive on February 21st « Ars Technica
Whether you're a Ubuntu fan or you're just not happy with any of the current mobile operating systems, this is good news for you: Canonical has announced that it will be releasing the first public preview for its Ubuntu Phone operating system on February 21. The software, intended both for developers and adventurous end-users, will be made available as images for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus handset as well as LG's Nexus 4. Source code will also be released for those who would like to port the operating system to other phones.
This fulfils the company's promise to release the preview in late February, and is the first step toward getting actual phones in stores—something that Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth wants to do by October of this year. While Canonical's press release is careful to point out that this software is intended primarily for development use on "spare handsets" (as opposed to your primary smartphone), it should give us a good idea of how the software will stack up to current offerings.
How nice, they're releasing it on my birthday!
2 days to go :P
Working with Landscape | UbuntuSince it is pure Ubuntu, the tablet can be managed via Landscape, giving enterprises complete control over the users, apps, updated and access using the same tool they
use for Ubuntu servers and desktops today.
The Amazon tie-in, though, now that's a different matter. I'm uneasy about this. I understand that Mark Shuttleworth has put a huge amount of his personal fortune into Ubuntu, and Canonical is the business arm that offers commercial support much the same as Redhat. I have looked, but I've can't find out if it makes any money. If it doesn't, I can't see a working business model.
Last edited by jinnantonnixx; 21st February 2013 at 12:22 PM.
Yeh not impressed with the final polished version with the phone ROM. Will keep it on an SD card for now, but will see how things go.
For smartphones you need to wait until Ubuntu 13.10 is released, and for tablets, 14.04.
...there's really not much going on for regular smartphone users in the Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview, and you certainly can't get much "real work" done with it ... which is pretty much what Canonical told us to expect. So why would anyone – even an Ubuntu enthusiast – want to download it, especially when you have to wipe a perfectly good phone or tablet to do so?
Naturally, the primary audience for the Preview is developers who want to build apps for it. But even then, the Ubuntu SDK is still in alpha, and the initial release only supports building apps for phones, not tablets. (Source)Also, the month after Ubuntu 14.04 is released, Google will most likely be announcing Android 6.0 for their Nexus devices which will no doubt take some inspiration from Ubuntu for phones and tablets.Ubuntu for tablets is rather limited right now, and the preview that will be made available this week is really aimed solely at enthusiasts and developers. You'll be able to flash a ROM to various Nexus devices, but Canonical isn't providing a dual-boot method so you'll have to flash back to Android once you're done playing around. This operating system shows a lot of promise, and the general performance and available features seem solid for such an early stage. Canonical has a year left until it plans to bring this to market — the company is aiming to get hardware into the hands of users in Q1 2014. (Source)
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