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While it would be very naive to make the call of “next year is the year of the Linux Desktop” lets face it we have all heard it before. The Tablet market is open jungle warfare right now. Sure IOS has a huge lead, if the phone market has taught us something it’s that Apple will lose that lead sooner or later.
While there are pockets of improved PC sales in the wake of the impending disaster which is Windows 8, they won’t be big enough or sustained over a long term period. The honest truth is while Ubuntu may be a grown up operating system, and we have pockets of good well known software such as Chrome, Skype and Spotify there is just too much missing and much of the software on Ubuntu seems still to be a bit cottage industry. Even for all it’s success LibreOffice is no Microsoft Office in the eyes of the users. Don’t get me wrong i’m a huge LibreOffice user, i’ve just seen what happens when you roll it out to an organization.
The consumer market isn’t dead however to Linux, and unlike the era of Vista where Linux couldn’t get to grips with itself and no clear distro was stepping up to be a leader, this time round Canonical are putting their cock on the block and stepping up to the plate. You can love them or hate them it doesn’t matter the guys behind the Ubuntu distro are the only ones out there making headway into the consumer world with any big effort. I’m not seeing Fedora, Suse, Gentoo step up to the Post PC world. these are dinosaurs of Linux past. I’m not seeing KDE or Gnome having any huge success other than FUD and Flame wars.. I am seeing Ubuntu get press, ideas, showfloors and development time.
So how are Ubuntu taking the next step into the Tablet world? Simple by hijacking a Tablet platform, and not just any half hearted attempt at a Tablet, oh no, googles very own, well received Nexus 7 of all the platforms..
An article on OMG! Ubuntu see the start of something very important, we know Ubuntu/Linux doesn’t play well on the tablet hardware its battery hungry, processor intensive and chews up ram. By making the Nexus 7 a reference platform Canonical are hoping developers will be able to over come these shortcomings and make Ubuntu a better tablet platform
By ‘viewing Ubuntu through a mobile lens’ developers will be able to address CPU, RAM and power usage issues, making them better. The net result is that all devices running Ubuntu – tablet, desktop or other, will benefit.
This is so true, and is also good for Google.. More hardware sales and a potential of strangely enough a new revenus stream.
Head over to http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/10/ubuntu-installer-for-nexus-7-tablet-made-available-for-devs for more information on what’s going on here.
Personally i’ve very interested in this and might even be swayed to part hard earned cash from a user perspective, i’m seeing Android crack the tablet market wide open and this device a few people at work have one is what Android Tablets are all about. However getting Ubuntu on there just makes it all the more interesting.