If you have ever heard of Linux, then you probably know of Ubuntu. In fact, Ubuntu has become the most popular Linux distro (version). It’s initial release was in October of 2004 and in October of 2012, 12.10 Quantal Quetzal was released as the most recent stable build of Ubuntu. Now, with the personal computer market heading into handheld, Ubuntu is coming to retail in Q4 of 2013.
This news, written along Ubuntu’s website, was backed up by Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of Canonical and Ubuntu, when he stated that “smartphones running the open source Ubuntu operating system will be available to customers beginning in October 2013″.
Ubuntu’s main goal is to create one platform for phones, tablets, laptops, TVs, the cloud, and your “supercomputer”. Now that Ubuntu TV was announced at CES 2013, Ubuntu for phones and Ubuntu for Android are the next steps for Mark and his companies.
Developers will be able to get their hands on Ubuntu in February with a version that was built for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. All in all, the entire platform looks very clean and extremely intuitive. If Ubuntu Phone can land on good hardware, it may have a chance at competing with Android and iOS. Are you looking to forward to the Ubuntu Phone launch? Will you be buying an Ubuntu phone when it comes out? Let us know in the comments below.
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I want dedicated Ubuntu phone hardware…it’s going to be great. As long as it comes unlocked <$400.
If reasonably affordable ,Yes
ahh great.. nothing but crashing, apps that dont work because you dont have installed and overheating problems!
I can’t wait! The killer app for me would have to be logmein ignition. If that is ready at launch, so am I. I used to think that netflix with it’s Silverlight requirement was the only thing holding me to the Windows platform. Since my Internet enabled TVs and players work great, I no longer feel tethered. I keep Windows around just in case I need to look at my old tax software. Go Ubuntu!