How Canonical’s next moves could repaint the Linux landscape
I’ll preface this by saying that I realize I’ve been writing about Ubuntu/Canonical quite a lot lately. There is a good reason for this — Ubuntu 12.04 should bring about some major changes to both the Linux desktop landscape as well as the way people looking outside-in view Linux. How is that you ask? Outside of the bits and pieces I’ve already mentioned (HUD and various improvements to Unity), Canonical is planning on three major additions to the Linux-verse that could easily be a complete reversal of fortune (to the tune of the late Steve Jobs miraculously re-joining Apple).
Those three additions are:
- Ubuntu on Android
- Ubuntu TV
- Ubuntu on tablets
Let’s take a look at just how these new bits of tech could seriously change the way consumers and users look at Linux.
Ubuntu on Android
Many of us have tried docks for our mobile handsets. Most often they fall short of being, well, useful. Canonical is hoping to revolutionize this with Ubuntu on Android. What is this? Simple:
When you plug your Android device into the dock, you will enjoy a full-blown Ubuntu Linux desktop. When you remove the Android from the dock, your mobile device will return to the standard Android platform.
It gets better.
- Both devices will share the same documents.
- All multimedia files will be accessible from either state.
- All calls, messages, and other data will also be accessible from either state.
Ubuntu on Android will be the first truly integrated mobile/desktop environment.
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