Ubuntu not just for “elite” users says Canonical founder

March 9, 2013
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Canonical showed of its Ubuntu OS for smartphones and tablets at a event  a few weeks ago, and the response has been quite positive across the board. Of course, there have been some detractors, and the move by the company to other platforms has received it’s fair share of criticism. In a blog post, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, decided to put to rest some of the doubts people have, especially pertaining to the issue that some people consider Ubuntu to be exclusive. I’ve always thought of Ubuntu as a programmer’s OS, at least the initial releases, and many consider it exclusive because it was “hard.”

Leet, Mark Shuttleworth calls them. He goes on to to say that he has zero interest in catering to this crowd, and instead wants to create a free and open platform that is the leader across both consumer and enterprise computing, that is, catering to the masses. He believes that that is exactly what they have with Ubuntu and Unity, and adds that if they plan to move ahead from being a platform for hobbyists, they need to work on Unity to keep up with Android, Chrome, Windows, and iOS.

If you’ve seen the first edition of Android Authority’s “The Friday Debate,” where we talk about which new mobile OS has the best chance of catching on, my personal choice was Ubuntu, with the caveat being how well the reach of the OS extends to the masses, and of course, finding the right OEM partners. With the current mindset, Ubuntu could well be on its way to being a popular platform across PCs, smartphones, and tablets.

You can check out the complete blog post here, where apart from talking about their focus on Unity, he mentions the issue of rolling releases, and addresses what detractors have to say. You can also take a look at our first look of the Ubuntu phone from this year’s CES –

What are your thoughts? Do you think Ubuntu catered to the so-called “Leet?” Do you think Ubuntu for smartphones and tablets is going to be welcome by the masses? Let us know in the comments section below.

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1107608460 Roy Lin

    Ubuntu notifications slider is unique from the rest!

  • MasterMuffin

    Waiting for it to come to sgs3. DAMN YOU EXYNOS

  • Prithviraj D Jaguar

    Ofcourse, how can someone imagine Ubuntu for elite users. If it’s Ubuntu, then undoubtedly it is for everyone, because Ubuntu is “I am what I am because of who we all are”.

  • in2android

    I have no personal experience with Ubuntu and I think that’s because I’ve always perceived it as a platform for developers or the extremely advanced user. I consider myself pretty techy, but not extremely advanced, so Ubuntu was a bit intimidating for me to jump in feet first. After all the recent attention it’s gotten in the mobile community, I’ve developed a whole new opinion of it & it’s one that has me very interested in having some hands on time with it. I always see features of new mobile OS’s that I like, but Ubuntu is the only one that’s looked like something I could maybe see myself using regularly over android? I love the Android eco system and UI, and Ubuntu seems similar but with a lot of interesting additions. I’m looking forward to familiarizing myself with it on a smartphone, and then dabbling in the desktop Ubuntu experience! It’s definitely been put into a new light for me & it’s looking less intimidating then it once did from my perspective.

    • http://k0nsl.org/blog k0nsl

      You will more than likely be positively surprised of how surprisingly easy Ubuntu is – even for first-time users with little to no experience using it. The documentation is quite good too, which can be a guiding hand in some cases.
      I completely ditched MS in favour for Ubuntu-based distribution for my daily work.

      • CodeDisQus

        I wouldn’t mind using Ubuntu, but I’m quite an avid gamer and unfortunately Windows is where gaming is at right now and I’m not just willing to drop my hobby yet :)…..that beign said, Valve are making quite a concerted push towards Linux (and therefor Ubuntu I’m guessing) and they are a huge force in Gaming therefore if most/all big AA games are developed on Ubuntu than I can see myself switching to Ubuntu Desktop, I’ve heard that Ubuntu is way less resource hungry than windows and therefore I’m hoping that developers can use that and the openess of the platform to make better games…….BACK to the phone story! I really really do like Ubuntu’s look, although I’m not a fan of the lack of buttons and gesture heavy UI (which is where I think it will fail to grab the masses)….granted, I’m willing to try it out :)

    • http://k0nsl.org/blog k0nsl

      You will more than likely be positively surprised of how surprisingly easy Ubuntu is – even for first-time users with little to no experience using it. The documentation is quite good too, which can be a guiding hand in some cases.
      I completely ditched MS in favour for Ubuntu-based distribution for my daily work.