It isn’t often that we get to witness the unveiling of a brand new generation of OS software that plans to move into the shark-infested waters of PC, Smartphone, IPad and tablet devices but Ubuntu, developed by Canonical, plans to do just that. By all accounts, it aims to be better than Firefox, and Tizen and it’s clear that Google and Apple are paying very close attention.
Although still in a developer-testing early stage, Ubuntu was revealed at the Mobile World Congress last month in Portugal on a select number of Galaxy Smartphones. What transpired for reviewers was a very progressive look at an OS that has all the potential to impact a difficult market. The new software is based on the swipe-left-and-right function that users have been asking for. It is clear, concise and quick. Ease of access to commonly used functions enables the customer to have a much quicker experience than with other, more common applications. The plan from Canonical is to develop the same system across all user devices, allowing customers to migrate the same OS across the horizon of their machines.
The origins of Ubuntu are rooted firmly in the belief that open source software is the way for the Web to progress. The controlling influence of Microsoft, Google and Apple over how we use our communications devices consistently forces the emergence of projects like this which invariably allow incredibly dynamic choices for the consumer. A customer for Ubuntu is one less for the giants and at the end of the day, the snowball becomes an avalanche. Ubuntu also comes complete with a built-in firewall and virus protection which makes for comfortable browsing and online shopping.
The concept is to provide the user with his/her own personal cloud function that stores information, social media, videos, photos, and preferred online sites in one easy to use function that presents itself on the main screen as opposed to within an application. As with any OS, the key is to allow users to customize their devices to their own liking which both Android and Apple provide with their applications. Ubuntu obviously trails way behind those two giants in terms of coverage and experience but the feeling is that the ground to make up is not insurmountable. The advantage that Ubuntu has over Firefox and Tizen is that it appears ready for release whereas the other two systems look to be lagging behind their projected launch dates.
The new software has a very elegant look to it and simplicity is a huge requirement for users today. Firefox’s initial popularity was based on that very same thing but Ubuntu seems to have taken over that mantle. It is still early days yet as we are effectively still in the Beta stage for the mobile devices and tablet OS, but Ubuntu OS for the desktop has turned a lot of heads.
Over the next several months, we’ll begin to get better feedback on how Ubuntu is performing across all mediums but on the face of it, the future looks bright.