Thursday, February 28, 2013

Waiting for Ubuntu Touch

When Ubuntu for Phones was announced,it is the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices which will become the reference device for developers and app makers. Now that the Preview version of the Ubuntu Touch is out, there are now 25 other devices to add there. 

I'm in the market for a smartphone and I really want Ubuntu Touch but I can't decide which device to get. In a perfect world, the manufacturers themselves make sure that their device works great with the OS. But this is Linux. But this is Ubuntu. But this is Open Source. You say I can't have it, I say I will port it.

Some reports are coming in (and it's not even a week yet) that Ubuntu Touch developers and voluteers are working to make the OS available to as many android smartphone and tablet as possible. The tech blogs are mostly giving the Ubuntu Touch high marks for elegance and smooth operation. 

Unless the OS becomes available in many manufacturers' phones and tablets as pre-installed, porting it will be the solution. Canonical, the corporate backer of Ubuntu Touch, can do better than that.
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