I was pleasantly surprised to read Mark Shuttleworth’s optimistic visions for 14.04 including his belief that Ubuntu will power Tablets and Smartphones by Ubuntu’s 14.04 LTS release.
“We think the time is right for a free software platform, independent of a major industry force like Google, to emerge as a partner for industry, for folks who are building their own devices,” explained Shuttleworth, who said that Ubuntu “could become the de facto standard starting point for those who are building the next generation of consumer electronics around Linux”
I think a mobile version of Ubuntu geared for Tablets and Smartphones is an excellent thing and I honestly think Ubuntu could do better than other mobile platforms including some which have failed like WebOS.
If Ubuntu powers Smartphones in a few years you can bet that I will trade in whatever I have at the time and use a Ubuntu Phone or whatever trendy name they give it. Ultimately I think Canonical and the Ubuntu Community will benefit greatly by moving into the mobile phone and tablet markets.
The big question that remains is who will Canonical give exclusive rights for developing Ubuntu Smartphones and Tablets and better yet what carriers will sell them. I look forward to learning more about the keynote he gave at UDS and also any other exciting developments occurring in the Ubuntu Community.