I read an interesting article on OMG! Ubuntu! about whether Canonical will enter the wearables business, now the smartwatch industry is hotting up.
On one hand (pun intended), it makes sense. Ubuntu is all about convergence; a core platform from top to bottom that adjusts and expands across different form factors, with a core developer platform, and a focus on content.
The next evolution of Ubuntu is supposed to center around convergence. In order for that to happen, both Mir and Unity 8 must be ready for production environments. They aren't. Period. In fact, the closest thing you can get to even trying the Mir/Unity 8 combination is a special ISO build called Ubuntu Desktop Next.
Before getting Ubuntu Touch on the market, developers will need to release an RTM version of the operating system, and it looks like they are very close to this milestone.
Having an RTM version for an operating system is actually much harder than you can imagine. RTM stands for release to manufacturing, and it means that whatever product you have with this denomination then it's pretty close, if not ready, to get into the hands of the public.
Canonical has decided to join the fight in support for net neutrality and it will be a part of the "Internet Slowdown day" event.
If you're not yet aware of this, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in the United States has to make a very important decision that could allow ISPs to provide paid prioritization to companies, which would hugely increase the monopoly of the corporations.
The mobile market seems to be saturated with products and software, and that includes operating systems. The people are pretty much divided into Android, iOS, and Windows Phone users. There are some scraps at the table, but that's pretty much it. Where will Ubuntu for phones fit in this tight-knit ecosystem?
New versions of Ubuntu family come out every six months, April and October each year. Every forth of them, released in April on even year, is a "long-term support" version. It means users get updates for their LTS systems longer than for non-LTS. The current version of Ubuntu 14.04 is LTS. It is so stable that many Ubuntu derivatives like Linux Mint and Zorin decided to remain on 14.04 base and not upgrade it until the next LTS version.
One of the problems with Ubuntu that seems to be mentioned quite a lot is the proper lack of support for mobile modems. This might not look like a big problem, but the mobile modems are being used on a much larger scale than 2 or 3 years ago and the rate of adoption for this kind of devices is not slowing down.
The mobile modems are now in great demand, especially for people who are using their Internet plan on the road. Mobile Internet is becoming a lot cheaper and companies have started selling modems to people who want to have online access on their laptop and still use their phone.
Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference. Even something that seems completely inconsequential can take a project from “meh” to “awesome” with astonishing speed.
Take Ubuntu Touch, for example.
There is much about that system that I love. It's mostly Open Source (with very few exceptions) and allows me to have a Debian-based Linux distro right in the palm of my hands. Being able to “sudo apt-get install” on the go is just so incredibly handy. Damn near brings a tear to my eye.