Canonical made a brave move earlier this year by jumping into the mobile OS race. Since then Ubuntu Touch has generated a good amount of interest in the mobile os news circle. Mark Shuttelworth announced last month that household brands are interested in Ubuntu Touch. All we know that development of Ubuntu Touch has been going on at a frantic pace. So, what’s the current situation with the mobile os? Is Ubuntu Touch ready to handle the daily chores like the established iOS and Android or the new players like Sailfish OS and Firefox OS ? Lets find out.
Falling PC sales across the world has not deterred Canonical. After striking deals with major OEM brands such as Dell and HP, to sell Ubuntu branded laptops in emerging markets like India, China and Mexico, Canonical announced yesterday that they have partnered with OEM major ASUS to sell high quality yet affordable laptops in the United States. This is the third announcement of a partnership with a major OEM brand this year. Canonical is slowly but surely increasing its partnerships with major OEM brands.
I obviously cannot afford to go “Apple” on all my computer needs, so what to do? I acquired a Linux operating system, the one called Ubuntu. It is the package conceived by our own IT genius Mark Shuttleworth, and currently the most popular Linux package world wide. The other big ones are Debian, Fedora, CentOS and redhat. Ubuntu is basically Debian with a batman suit on. So, with an unusual bout of anxiety, I pressed the button that asked if I want to reformat my hard drive and remove all previously installed operating systems and software. And in mere minutes, Microsoft was exorcised out of my computer and more importantly, out of my live.
OIL will test all new OpenStack hypervisors and software-defined networking (SDN) stacks, as well conventional OpenStack technologies, to make sure Ubuntu OpenStack offers a wide array of validated and supported technology options. Canonical leads development of Ubuntu.
Whether Ubuntu is declining is still debatable. However, in the last couple of months, one thing is clear: internally and externally, its commercial arm Canonical appears to be throwing the idea of community overboard as though it was ballast in a balloon about to crash.
Phonebloks founder Dave Hakkens has batted away suggestions that his "modular smartphone" project won't see the light of day.
Canonical has launched a new website named Ubuntu Resources, a site targetted towards its Ubuntu Touch devices. The site design is still unfinished and is expected to change from its current look.
The instructions, written by Dell engineer D. Jared Dominguez, appeared on Dell's TechCenter community website, which is aimed at IT professionals. Which means they're not likely to find their way to the huddled masses within Dell's customer base.
Ubuntu Touch, the recently launched mobile version of the popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, has been generating quite a buzz for the past year. Ubuntu community have shown interest in the project and the development of core and third party apps have been going at a swift pace. Several developers and enthusiasts have installed Ubuntu Touch on their phones and have given positive reviews for the initial builds.
For dropping Python 2 from Ubuntu Server, vim, byobu, landscape-client, and OpenStack clients still need to be ported to Python 3. Ubuntu Touch still depends upon the Python 2 Autopilot. For Python 2 on the Ubuntu desktop, there's still many packages to be ported to Python 3 like Hplip, Totem, system-config-printer, Gconf2, etc.
Besides the other UDS sessions this week that were already covered on Phoronix, many discussions took place about plans to improve Ubuntu Touch during the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS cycle. Canonical developers feel very hopeful and ambitions for their phone/tablet plans in the next six months.
Canonical is getting ready to introduce a new icon theme for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) that will be the same across all platforms.
Some people want us to believe that Canonical uses FUD to discourage exploration of Mint as an alternative to Ubuntu (which Mint is a derivative of). Those people, however, base their analysis on the words of just one developer  whose words are rebutted by the Mint founder  (he is also unhappy about the source of the drama, namely Muktware [8,9], which led to more such coverage [10,11,12]). In trying to judge this, the whole scenario was a demonstration of media gone somewhat rogue, hostile where opportunism lies.
Ubuntu’s Mir won’t replace X in 14.04 desktop and Ubuntu for phones and tablets will eventually support Android apps.
Mir, Canonical's replacement for the X window system, will not make it into the next version of the Ubuntu desktop.
While the traditional server market suffers a sales slump, the niche market for ARM-based servers is hoping to catch fire. The latest example: Boston Ltd. has unveiled the Viridis 2.0 Microserver -- a potential alternative to HP Moonshot and Dell Project Copper ARM servers. It's certified to run Ubuntu 13.10 and OpenStack Havana, and powered by ARM Cortexc A15 quad-core processor. So what's the channel partner angle?
Among these outlets were the OMGUbuntu and Muktware sites, both of which only deal with Linux and FOSS stories. In that context, it was even more surprising that they carried such reports.
Muktware editor Swapnil Bhartiya was asked whether reporter Monika Bhati, the person who filed the story quoting Grawert and contributing to the hysteria, was a Linux user and also whether she had taken a look at the Mint update utility before writing.
His response: "She is a resident journalist and uses Windows/Linux. We got Robin Jacobs to dive into the git pages and comments in LM to see how updates are labelled."
Jacobs also wrote a story which, in effect, contradicted Bhati's story - and both stories appeared within 4½ hours of each other on November 18.
The editor of OMGUbuntu, which contributed to the same idea being spread, was asked similar questions to those put to Muktware.
An experimental emulator for the mobile OS has just been released that apes much of the feel, and occasionally the look, of Android's own emulator for desktop.
Ubuntu developers are still exploring the possibility of coming up with a stable API/ABI for its apps.
When the MK802 Android mini PC hit the streets in 2012, one of the most interesting things about it was the fact that you could install Linux on it and turn it into a cheap, tiny desktop computer. Since then, dozens of small ARM-powered devices designed to run Android apps on your TV have hit the streets, and hackers have figured out how to run Ubuntu and other Linux-based software on many of them.