Ubuntu Touch – Powerful, not popular

As is with every Linux device, it’s not particularly meant for every user. Power Smartphone users and Ubuntu Linux fans, on the other hand, can’t wait for the new phone to be launched so that they can give it a go and see how the new contender fairs in the Smartphone Wars.

Ubuntu Touch, also called Saucy Salamander, is a work in progress, but Ubuntu 13.10 is known for its success as a desktop OS. Canonical, Ubuntu’s parent company, perceives the new phone as Ubuntu’s future. The Linux desktop is great, but doesn’t have too much a profit margin to payback the investment made by the Ubuntu founder, Mark Shuttleworth.

Ubuntu supported devices

Currently, Ubuntu Touch is only “officially” supported on the Nexus 4 Smartphone, Galaxy Nexus Smartphone, Nexus 7 tablet and Nexus 10 tablet. While the OS would run on the tablets, it’s aimed at being functional for smart phones. Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, coming out in 2014, should be an improvement in terms of being compatible with tablets.

Ubuntu 14.04 will primarily be a long term support (LTS) version of the OS implying that it has to be stable for its business customers and that it will need to be supported for a minimum tenure of 5 years. Further plans by Canonical hope to have Ubuntu mobile devices on sale by 2014 as well. An entry level Ubuntu device is expected to run a 1GHz Cortex A9 processor, 4 – 8 GB eMMC + SD, 512 – 1 GB of RAM along with a multi touch display. High end phones or “superphones” would call for a Quad-Core A9 or an Intel Atom processor, minimum 1GB of RAM, multi-touch and desktop convergence.

In recent times, Canonical attempted to raise $32 million for the Ubuntu Edge from enthusiasts around the world and mobile computing professionals. Even though the funding goal wasn’t met, Canonical plans to move ahead with full steam.

By G+ Author: Dennis Tablott.

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