Canonical introduces Ubuntu for smartphonesWhile this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Android and Ubuntu play nice together, this does mark a new era for the platform. Today software maker Canonical announced Ubuntu for phones, which aims to make superphones also be a full PC. They’ve already crammed Android and Ubuntu together for dock webtop like features, but this …
Canonical narrows timeframe for Ubuntu for smartphones to 'late February'Our first look at the upcoming Ubuntu phone OS left us excited but wanting for more details, and it seems that Canonical has now indicated when you'll first be able to grab it. According to OMG Ubuntu, engineering manager Alan Pope said that a downloadable image of the upcoming system will be available in late February for the Galaxy Nexus handset. From what we've seen so far, if you're brave enough to grab it you'll be in for a reasonably fluid and hackable experience, although actually doing something with it might be another story, since there's likely to be very few apps available. Still, for tinkerers with the handset who want to give Android a break, it'll be exciting times when a full-fledged Linux distro finally goes small.Filed under: CellphonesCommentsSource: OMG Ubuntu
I Want My Ubuntu TV!CES is upon us, and is no doubt chock full of the usual suspects of consumer electronics OEMs, ODMs, and more. One interesting new attendee this year is Canonical, the folks behind the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution. Canonical is making a big push to get Ubuntu onto more than just desktops and laptops, and have been busy building relationships with CE companies to get it onto tablets, phones, and automobile in-vehicle infotainment displays. We'll see Ubuntu make appearances at several booths to demo this work. Canonical will also be announcing Ubuntu TV.
Tablets, phones, IVI systems and Ubuntu TV are a far cry from Ubuntu's humble beginnings as an easy to use Linux desktop. "Linux for human beings" has always been Ubuntu's tagline, not "Linux for human being's portable electronic devices." So one might be forgiven for asking "WTF, Canonical?" I posed a slightly more polite version of that question to Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical.
Docks, transformers, computing cores and taking it all with you
Back in the mists of history -- probably the late '90s or early '00s -- I remember reading a blog post. I'm afraid I have been unable to find it again, so you'll have to take my reminiscing on faith (but please leave a comment if you know what I'm talking about). This post dissected and analyzed a collection of freshly granted IBM patents which, taken together, painted a picture of the future of personal computing that has stayed with me ever since.
In essence, they called for each person to be carrying around a personal "computing core" -- a device we'd recognize today as a modern smartphone, although it was close to science fiction back then -- that could be docked into a variety of shells to become other devices, such as a laptop or a desktop. While Apple's PowerBook Duo subnotebooks were designed to transform into desktop computers when docked with their base units, they didn't quite meet the 'computing core' definition
I was reminded of this recently when reading Anandtech's review of the clumsily-named Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101. If you're unfamiliar with it, the Eee Pad looks, at first glance, like Yet Another Identikit Android Tablet, as it has very similar specs to the rest of them -- Android Honeycomb software, dual core NVidia Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip processor, 1 GB RAM and so forth.
The Asus, however, has two key things in its favor. Firstly, for the baseline Wi-Fi/16 GB configuration, it's $100 cheaper than the iPad. Secondly, it works with a $150 laptop dock accessory that turns it into a netbook.Continue reading Docks, transformers, computing cores and taking it all with youDocks, transformers, computing cores and taking it all with you originally appeared on TUAW on Thu, 05 May 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop & Netbook Editions due Oct 10; Dell first to release hardware?Open-source addicts have been eagerly awaiting Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop Edition and Netbook Edition, and Canonical has confirmed they won’t have long to wait for it; both versions will go up for download on October 10 2010. Meanwhile, DigiTimes‘s sources reckon Dell will be the first to out an Ubunto 10.10 based netbook.
That could happen within a month, according to Canonical, though the organization declined to comment on the speculation as to which company could be manufacturing it. Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition includes a new UI, called Unity, which is specifically designed for smaller displays; it also supports touch and gestures for devices like tablets. An Ubuntu Light version can boot into a functional state in just seven seconds, with a browser and messaging apps. Press Release: Latest Ubuntu Version Puts Focus on Consumers and Mobile Ubuntu 10.10 adds features for desktop and netbook users London, October 7, 2010: Canonical today announced the upcoming availability of Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop and Netbook Editions for download on Sunday, October 10. Focused on home and mobile computing users, Ubuntu 10.10 introduces an array of online and offline applications to Ubuntu Desktop Edition with a particular focus on the personal cloud. Ubuntu Netbook Edition users will experience an all-new desktop interface called ‘Unity’ — specifically tuned for smaller screens and computing on the move. Ubuntu One, the personal cloud service for Ubuntu users, includes new services and expanded features, significant performance enhancements and interoperability with other operating systems including Google’s Android, Apple’s iPhone and Microsoft Windows. The Ubuntu Software Centre, which gives users instant access to thousands of applications, games and tools, now includes the ability to purchase commercial applications, providing a unified portal for both free and commercial software. The Ubuntu community is putting renewed focus on attracting application developers and software publishers to make their work available to Ubuntu users. The universe of applications, both free and commercial, certified on Ubuntu continues to grow. “Ubuntu 10.10 for desktops and netbooks is our most consumer-friendly release yet,” said Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical. “Ubuntu One’s personal cloud services will put Ubuntu at the heart of many users’ computing worlds even when they need or prefer to use other platforms. Unity has the opportunity to change how we think about our use of computers and the Software Centre will bridge Ubuntu with the applications users need to switch to the world’s best OS.” Ubuntu One Basic, available free of charge, provides a personal cloud for sharing and syncing files, contacts, bookmarks and notes, with 2GB of free storage, access to music from the integrated store and (new in 10.10) a beta client for Windows allowing users to integrate their Windows and Ubuntu worlds. As part of the paid Ubuntu One Mobile service, applications are now available for Android and iPhone so users can stream their music collections from their personal cloud to their mobile devices and synchronize contacts. Users might find that they need extra capacity so 20GB blocks of additional storage can be purchased on demand. Unity is a new interface for Ubuntu that is making its debut in Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition. It is designed for highly mobile computing, making the most of precious screen space on mobile devices. The Unity interface also supports touch and gestures for the increasing number of devices that will support it, with larger icons and a more touch-intuitive interface. Pricing and availability Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop Edition is available free of charge for download from Sunday, October 10 from http://www.ubuntu.com. Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition (featuring the Unity interface) is available free of charge for download from Sunday, October 10 from http://www.ubuntu.com. Existing Ubuntu users can upgrade directly from Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. Ubuntu One is available from http://one.ubuntu.com. Ubuntu One Basic is free of charge. Ubuntu One Mobile costs USD $3.99 per month or USD $39.99 annually. Ubuntu One 20-pack storage costs USD $2.99 per month or USD $29.99 annually for each 20GB package. Ubuntu Software Centre and its applications can be accessed from the Ubuntu Applications menu. Relevant Entries on SlashGearDell picks Ubuntu as its Linux distro for consumer PCDell’s employee leaked the models for Dell Linux systemsDell Ubuntu Not Really a Money-Saving VentureDell getting gutsy like Gibbon and putting Ubuntu on XPS m1330Michael Dell has a soft spot for Linux