It seems that the original child of Linux (Ubuntu) wants to beat the prodigy (Android). Android, for those who don’t know, is at its core Linux. Its success in the mobile world is almost the opposite of the impact Linux has made in the PC world.
Initially perceived (rightly so) as complicated for a non-tech person, despite being free and open Linux could never get love from the users over Windows. In is only in recent times that Linux has become more user-friendly. Due to its open nature many variants of Linux came into existence and one of them stood out than the rest- Ubuntu!
Now, many people must have heard this name before. In tech world, it is the company carrying the Linux baton in the PC arena. Along with Linux Mint (which derives from Ubuntu) it is the most used Linux type in the world. Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu) though has even bigger plans for Ubuntu now.
Canonical recently launched Ubuntu OS for phones. It was in a pre-release phase and there is some time before it can be sold in the market. The OS though can be installed by people on their Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4. Basically, like Google, they have also considered the Nexus series as the benchmark for their phones.
Now, they have launched the same OS for tablets as well. As with the phone OS, the standards have been take as Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. Also, Canonical provides detailed instructions for anyone who attempts to install Ubuntu on their phones and tablets.
This all sounds good but the question is why should we bother? Android has been improving every day and Windows is what we have been using since the dawn of computers. I can vouch for the same. I started off with Win95 and have used in each iteration since.
The answer to that question can be found in a small way in Apple- A Unified experience!
Imagine having a PC that has the same OS as your phone and tablet. The unification of experience may not seem like such a big deal but when actually used it gives a great deal of satisfaction and a lot less tension. You do not have to think how to transfer data from one device to other. Using all of them is similar to a large extent and of course – syncing is supposed to be magical.
Ubuntu gives this vision a Linux platform. Ubuntu OS will have the same code for all its screens, be it 14” laptop, 10” or 7” tablet or the plethora of mobile screens. Ubuntu 14.0.4 is even optimized for TV screens.
This essentially means Ubuntu wants to provide a unified open source experience for all its users.