It’s not just Windows 8 that’s going to make its presence on tablets and phones, it’s also open source operating systems such as Linux, Ubuntu to be specific. In an interview with ZDNet, Canonical head, Mark Shuttleworth said that this was the plan. He stated that the move was important as more and more people started moving to other computing devices such as mobile phones, tablets and smart screens. It’s likely that Ubuntu Linux for these platforms will be based on the Unity interface. He said that the use of a common interface should also bring forth a very consistent user experience between users. 

Taking on Windows 8, Android and iOS

Taking on Windows 8, Android and iOS

There’s no information on when the first builds will appear, but a final version isn’t expected till sometime in April 2014, which is roughly two and a half years away. The platform should be available for all architectures that Ubuntu currently supports and also support for ARM is expected. Shuttleworth puts the relationship with ARM to be ‘critical’. Shuttleworth said that Android was the main competition, but the recent acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google as a thread to tablet vendors. Due to this, there would be a demand for a platform that isn’t Android. Not being a Goliath such as Google or Microsoft means more flexibility and Shuttleworth feels that Canonical has what it takes to deliver a solid, competitive product on time.

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