Canonical notes these carriers will have “access to early information about Ubuntu and device manufacturer plans to support the OS, as well as the opportunity to be a launch partner for Ubuntu on smartphones.” This still gives Canonical control of Ubuntu, but allows for carriers to relay their feedback directly to the source.
Will a third major platform benefit Android users?
In a blogspot, Mark Shuttleworth hit back at detractors who believe that Ubuntu should continue to be exclusive, because it was "hard." Ubuntu (and Unity) is not just for the leet, he says. Do you agree?
“World’s first Ubuntu tablet” looks fishy, allegedly ships in October 2013