Shuttleworth: Ubuntu all about mobile, cloud in 2013

Shuttleworth: Ubuntu all about mobile, cloud in 2013

Summary: Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth promised to make his popular desktop Linux more suitable for mobile devices and the cloud -- which are key imperatives for any desktop OS vendor going forward


Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth ushered in the new year with a promise to his followers that the Linux desktop will be retrofitted for mobile devices and the cloud.

Seems to be the imperative, particularly as tablets and smartphones increasingly replace the desktop PC and the cloud becomes the storage mecca of the next generation.

Here's his holiday message, published the day after Christmas:

"Unity in 2013 will be all about mobile – bringing Ubuntu to phones and tablets," Shuttleworth wrote on his blog. "Shaping Unity to provide the things we’ve learned are most important across all form factors, beautifully. Broadening the Ubuntu community to include mobile developers who need new tools and frameworks to create mobile software. Defining new form factors that enable new kinds of work and play altogether. Bringing clearly into focus the driving forces that have shaped our new desktop into one facet of a bigger gem."

He continued about the cloud:

"It’s also why we’ll push deeper into the cloud, making it even easier, faster and cost effective to scale out modern infrastructure on the cloud of your choice, or create clouds for your own consumption and commerce. Whether you’re building out a big data cluster or a super-scaled storage solution, you’ll get it done faster on Ubuntu than any other platform, thanks to the amazing work of our cloud community."

He added: "Whatever your UI of choice, having the same core tools and libraries from your phone to your desktop to your server and your cloud instances makes life infinitely easier. Consider it a gift from all of us at Ubuntu."

Topic: Linux

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  • he has always had a nice vision

    Now it seems o be paying off.
    Michael Alan Goff
  • Hmm

    He better start being all about stability! Using Nvidia drivers is a pain with 12.10!
    • it's a shame, too

      Nvidia hasn't quite gone all-in yet, but maybe with Steam hey will start doing better.
      Michael Alan Goff
  • Ubuntu 2013

    2013 is going to be a GREAT year for Ubuntu and if only the rest of the world new just how many governments, schools and militaries are using Linux and Ubuntu flavors they'd get on the Victory Wagon also. It's been a long arduous road that Mark Shuttleworth has come down and the millions of Linux Users/Administrators that are rejoicing with elated spirits as the Ubuntu tablets and Ubuntu phones hit the markets. Once Ubuntu is widely accepted as King of Mobility these users will start disgarding Windows whatever for Ubuntu laptops as well. Once the people in mass experience the thousands of apps and the ease with getting them and experience the Ubuntu Cloud gives them where they can store all their stuff and share their photos Ubuntu will shine like the Star it's become. Kudos to Mark Shuttleworth. I love Unity.
  • A needed next step, although.....

    I detest Unity. Been very happy w/Ubuntu since 2006, but I stick to a "standard" UI. Do not want touch, and when a portable is needed, my 6 yr. old Acer 14' laptop works fine. But if I ever need a tablet or smart phone, I WILL want Ubuntu on it !! And at that point, cloud will also be more important than it is at present. However, I may switch to Xubuntu for non-portable, mouse/keyboard use, being more comfortable than Unity, and it's still Ubuntu based.
    Old Dog V
  • Ah. Gonna make the same mistakes

    as Microsoft, eh?
  • Ubuntu is a plague

    Notice Shuttleworth never mentions Linux, just "Ubuntu." Pushing a new UI is fine, but don't go to Ubuntu thinking you'll have choice. Shuttleworth stopped listening to users years ago, and Canonical is doing its own thing.
    • zaine_ridling I agree only that Ubuntu is doing its own thing

      Look around, computing is changing faster than you can blink your eyes for the whole Industry. Till Ubuntu took the radical leap forward.....who in Linux was attempting to show the way....Gnome...NOT ....KDE.....NOT ...EXCE, etc or any distrobutions like Mint,Fedora,Debian,SuSe, etc ....

      The point is Linux is/was stuck on the desktop and their is nothing wrong with the desktop.....but at some point in time someone has to look to where the market is headed and at least Shuttleworth has done that for the Linux community........Everyone needs to keep that in mind....................
      Over and Out
  • Ubuntu experienced. Yeah, so?

    So if high schools and academia embrace Ubuntu as the OS of choice (because it's free and easy to use), what will students do when they enter a real world permeated with Windows corporate? In a word, "screwed."
    Ryan Buchmann
    • Training Sessions

      Real world companies have training sessions on how to use Windows and MSOffice whether using online training tools or with in person trainers that visit locally. Application specific issues might be a problem, but there's always a learning curve for new employees and custom corporate software that needs to be expected (assuming they even have a desk job). In a world still permeated with Windows you're unlikely to find students that haven't learned at least basic Windows operation.

      I remember when I required to upload, edit, and burn an audio file to a CD using a Mac desktop on my own as an inexperienced Mac user. Installing the audio software I was familiar with and doing the burning to CD was easy. After a couple minutes of not being able to open the DVD writer i finally pulled someone in that knew I had to "hold" the eject button down for several seconds. It only took a couple minutes to pull someone walking by aside to learn I wasn't pushing the eject button the right way.

      In any corporate environment there will be learning materials and other people to assist you. If you're on your own as an entrepreneur, you can choose what you want to use. So where's the issue?