Ubuntu Mobile

As some of you may have heard, Canonical, like Mozilla, is releasing an HTML5-based mobile OS. At first glance, it looks like a very innovative interface. Based on Ubuntu’s past performance with Unity though, Knowing Ubuntu and Unity, it won’t be the fastest car on the track, but it will be the most advanced.

In my first post, I pointed out that Apple is losing its innovative spirit, and implied that another company may take its place.

Does this sound familiar?

Our mission is to make something extraordinary – something that has never existed before. One platform for all kinds of computing – your phone, tablet, desktop, and TV, and of course the cloud, and your personal supercomputer. Ubuntu is the first platform to aim for convergence in that whole range. We are already well on our way, and now, we want to map out the next major step.

To me, that just about sounds like Steve Jobs talking at WWDC, if you replace ‘Ubuntu’ with ‘iOS,’ but it’s not. It’s Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, in a virtual keynote.

It seems Ubuntu is learning some lessons from Apple. Ubuntu mobile looks very innovative; it’s certainly more innovative than iOS. Perhaps, just perhaps, Canonical will take the place voided by Steve Jobs’ death. We can only hope.

With all the similarities between the upcoming Firefox OS and Ubuntu Mobile, it’ll be interesting to see how the two fair. Right now, it looks like Firefox OS will be faster, but Ubuntu Mobile will be a more advanced and fully featured operating system. It’ll come down to how well each is picked up by manufacturers.


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