Ubuntu to Enter the Tablet OS War: October 2010


ubuntu light netbook preview

It was May of this year when we learned that Canonical had its eyes on entering the tablet market by releasing a new lightweight OS derivative at some point in the near future. Well, we now have a date. According to Chris Kenyon, Canonical’s vice president of OEM services, a tablet spin-off of the popular desktop distribution for ARM and Intel Atom processors will see the light of day this October and will be merged into the new Ubuntu Light (“The Web in 7 Seconds”) project for netbooks (preview screenshot above) as part of 10.10 Maverick Meerkat release. Kenyon tells IDG News that the new tablet OS will offer a simplified interface, multitouch, and an on-screen keyboard for data input. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll also see support for Android apps, in addition to Ubuntu’s exhaustive software repositories, at some point as well. This, plus the addition of HTML5 Web Apps (see what Jolicloud — based on Ubuntu — is doing below), leads to a pretty comprehensive offering.

UPDATE 6/18: Ubuntu: “We have no plans for a tablet”

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Mark Shuttleworth Ubuntu Developer Keynote (Ubuntu Light)

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  • Indian_Art

    Sounds good, so much choice for tablets, Ubuntu brings so much to the user.