While most observers of the device techno wars have been focused on the iPhone versus Android death battle, creeping up on them has been Ubuntu, an ever improving Linux platform. The versatility of the OS has reached the point where one can now apply Ubuntu on tablet, phone or other mobile devices with ease. At least so says the Canonical company, that has boasted of the expansion of the platform since the release of version 13.04 in spring 2013.
[adsense] Those seeking a better interface will appreciate how well Ubuntu on tablet units are reported to operate under the new revision. Canonical CEO Jane Silber says “we’ve been driving Ubuntu to be a coverged OS across different client form factors – tablet, phone, desktop. A lot of underlying work to make that happen has been happening in this development cycle.” Consistent with this claim are improvements to the OS’s functionality and speed – boot times as low as 40 seconds on units based on Intel and AMD processors, with 50 MB less memory use, and reduced power consumed in its operation.
If this is true and not hype, it offers the hope of simpler, more stable and cheaper processing than either the Apple or Google OS alternatives. The emergence of Ubuntu on tablet and other mobile media may also finally permit Linux OS software to break through to the mass public, but who have been intimidated by the harder learning curve associated with installing and running the operating system on PCs.
Once Ubuntu goes into standard usage in the consumer market, widespread platforms for operating handhelds, it may leave competitors in the dust, since it the easier to create stable apps for, and more compatible with open source programming.
This will parallel the growth of usage of Linux among professionals across various industries. As Bill Gates himself admitted, “the ease of picking up Linux to learn it or to modify some piece of it is very attractive. The academic community, start up companies, foreign governments and many other constituencies are putting their best work into Linux.”
Once this preference extends to manufacturers and users of mobile devices, Ubuntu on tablet and phone devices will increasingly make its OS predecessors irrelevant. There are still hurdles to overcome (seeing if Ubuntu will settle on a final format instead of updating every six months, and whether it will adapt to a touch interface well over the long term), but the future appears to clearly belong to Linux. More information’s about Ubuntu for tablets you can find on Ubuntu official web pages or by using some of our previous posts located below.