I have heard of Ubuntu being ported to Android (Ubuntu for Android). This lets smartphones running Android to run a desktop operating system once plugged into a dock with a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. It enables a mobile device to become a full-fledged desktop PC.
If you haven’t heard of Ubuntu: it’s an operating system just like Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion). The main difference is that Ubuntu is distributed FREE.
We thought that this was a great idea of expanding the range of devices that Android runs on. However, I was hoping that there would be a “mobile version” of Ubuntu instead — independent of Android. It would be great to have another open-source operating system for the mobile device market!
So I was surfing YouTube and stumbled upon this “virtual keynote”
Whoa! Now this is what I’ve been waiting for! Now, some points on the “virtual keynote”:
- The user-interface reminds me of the user-interfaces of other mobile operating systems, specifically, Meego. I’m actually a fan of swipe-gestures as a user-interface and this is what I’ll be looking for in my future smartphone. If Meego doesn’t get resurrected or if Jolla’s Sailfish OS fails worldwide, at least I know that Ubuntu will still be here for smartphones.
- “One search to rule them all.” I love this reference to The Lord of the Rings, i.e., “One ring to rule them all.” Basically, Ubuntu for Phone will carry search returns for content from different sources, giving the user a wide-variety of choices.
- Hopefully, Ubuntu for Phone will also enable “desktop mode” once plugged into a “desktop PC dock”. Of course, this would beat the purpose of the Ubuntu for Android project. Still, it would be awesome to have a phone that doubles as a PC. As was stated in the Ubuntu for Android video, “One device to rule them all.”
- If indeed Ubuntu for Phone will enable “desktop mode”, it would lessen the market for cloud computing. I like cloud computing but it’s too expensive for me, requiring users to be constantly connected to the Internet for files to be uploaded, updated, and downloaded to multiple devices. Working on your content through your phone and desktop eliminates the need for syncing. 🙂
- I wonder if there would be any information on “Ubuntu for Tablets”? 😛 Just saying.
So what do you think of this emerging new mobile operating system?