2013 seems to be the year for mobile operating systems, more so for Linux as Canonical plans to release Ubuntu OS to developers in late February, with phones following closely in “two geographically large markets” in October, according to a report by The Wal Street Journal. Mark Shuttlework, founder and CEO of Canonical has refrained from committing to North America being one of the markets, but stating that North America is “absolutely a key market for Ubuntu.” No carrier or handset partners have been identified yet, but most phone manufacturers producing Android devices should be able to convert easily.
An October release would be ahead of the company’s projected 2014 release. App developers will have access to open source, gesture-based Ubuntu OS, optimized for Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, later this month. The mainly gestured-based Ubuntu, devoid of any button control similar to the BlackBerry 10 OS. According to Shuttleworth, with Ubuntu OS, smartphones running the OS could be docked to larger displays, wirelessly connect to keyboards and other peripherals, and have Windows apps streamed from corporate servers, essentially reducing the number of devices a company needs to have.
Source: The Wall Street Journal