Canonical, the company behind Linux-based open source operating system (OS) Ubuntu, is reportedly in talks with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to manufacture Ubuntu-based tablet and smartphone devices. These products are expected to be available in the market by next year.
Quoting Canonical's China chief representative, Yu Liqaing, tech.sina.com.cn reported that many OEMs--which were still undecided if they should support Microsoft Windows 8 OS--had expressed interest in increasing the number of tablets pre-loaded with Ubuntu.
Dan Han, market development manager at Canonical China, which distributes Ubuntu Linux, added that the company expanded its network of retail stores selling Ubuntu-based desktops and laptops to 200 shops in China. Hewlett-Packard will also be launching desktops and laptops running on Ubuntu, Dan added.
Last year, Canonical founder, Mark Shuttleworth, had expressed interest in the smartphone and tablet market.