Development of Tablet Operating Systems
Canonical’s founder, Mark Shutterworth, revealed that the company will focus on its long-term goal of expanding to all computing platforms, including mobile phones, tablet device and also smart TVs. Ubuntu’s greatest challenge, however, will be justifying itself as a mainstream commercial option as opposed to a user-installed alternative to Windows 8. By the time Ubuntu 14.04 is ready, Android will have moved past Ice Cream Sandwich, Windows 8 will be on the market, and we can assume MS will have either done another major WP7 update or be working on WP8. Apple will likely have released iOS 6. WebOS may or may not still exist – rumors of Amazon’s interest are slugging it out with rumors that HP is going to finally pull the plug. Either way, the market is going to be darn crowded with major products from huge vendors, all jockeying for position.
In Orlando, at the Ubuntu Developer Summit, Shuttleworth is expected to outline plans to expand Ubuntu’s spread on mobile platforms and into the living room. This will happen once Ubuntu 12.04 is out and it has had its final update to make it as stable and user-friendly as possible. Ubuntu 12.04 is the next Long Term Support (LTS) version, which has seen support extended to 5 years making it the perfect time to relocate development resources elsewhere.