VENTURES AFRICA – Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu software vendor, Canonical Ltd., has disclosed that his Ubuntu-based smartphones will be launched into two large markets in October.
The South African entrepreneur launched Canonical in 2004 with the mission to service consumers with free open source software platforms that are globally competitive.
Currently, his Linux-based operating system, Ubuntu serves massive IT departments including data centres, around the world.
“We expect Ubuntu to be popular in the enterprise market, enabling customers to provision a single secure device for all PC, thin client and phone functions. Ubuntu is already the most widely used Linux enterprise desktop, with customers in a wide range of sectors focused on security, cost and manageability” said Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical. “We also see an opportunity in basic smartphones that are used for the phone, SMS, web and email,” she added.
According to Wall Street Journal, the Ubuntu smartphone can be connected to a monitor, “wirelessly connected to keyboards and other peripherals, and have Windows-based applications streamed to them from corporate servers. This would mean users could access all manner of corporate data through a single, pocket-sized device.”
“In bringing Ubuntu to the phone, Canonical is uniquely placed with a single operating system for client, server and cloud, and a unified family of interfaces for the phone, the PC and the TV. “We are defining a new era of convergence in technology, with one unified operating system that underpins cloud computing, data centers, PCs and consumer electronics” says Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and VP Products at Canonical.
Canonical currently serves the leading PC OEMs: ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo all certify the majority of their PCs on Ubuntu and pre-install it in global markets. Over 20 million desktop PCs run the OS today, and Canonical estimates that close to 10 percent of the world’s new desktops and laptops will ship with Ubuntu in 2014. Ubuntu is also wildly popular as a server platform, the number one server OS on the key major public clouds and the leading host OS for OpenStack, the open source IAAS.
Developers would have access to the smartphone Ubuntu OS this February, then can begin developing applications.