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Because what the world needs most is another smartphone OS, software firm Canonical has released...

Because what the world needs most is another smartphone OS, software firm Canonical has released a mobile version of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution. Mobile Ubuntu uses the same kernel as Android (also derived from Linux), but apps will have to be re-written. It features some innovative gestures and a few other tricks, but will also have to compete with Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10, Firefox OS, Tizen, Sailfish, and some other would-be Android/iOS rivals.
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  • petten
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    More noise.
    2 Jan 2013, 06:01 PM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    Why this is interesting:

     

    -Ubuntu uses a desktop class browser.
    -Ubuntu has full access to web (flash for example)
    -Free and ad-free

     

    Arguably, hardware is becoming commoditized. Ubuntu can be a game changer in some ways: desktop class computing in a phone sized device.

     

    However, I wonder what kind of patent issues it will run into. My guess is that it hasn't been put on any devices until any company interested in doing so explores the full potential for patent infringement. But with competing OS platforms already going through that process, will be hard to find momentum.

     

    So, this will likely end up a hobbyist endeavor. Unfortunate, really, but that is what the smartphone patent wars dictate: increasingly diminished choice as the barrier to entry is increasingly raised.
    2 Jan 2013, 06:23 PM Reply Like
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