Ubuntu goes mobile


Ubuntu has established itself as one of the leading and most popular Linux distributions. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, is now looking to grow that popularity by introducing Ubuntu Mobile, a new version aimed at Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs). Ubuntu Mobile, based on the world’s most popular Linux distribution, and MID hardware from OEMs and ODMs, are redefining what can be done in mobile computing.

Ubuntu Mobile is finger-friendly, supporting touchscreen displays and using gestures and taps for navigation and control. It also promises:

  • Full Web 2.0/AJAX fidelity, with custom options of Adobe Flash®, Java, and more
  • Outstanding media playback so you can enjoy videos, music and photos with superior quality and easy navigation
  • A suite of applications that work seamlessly to meet every need of a digital parent, student or anyone who is on-the-go
  • Facebook®, MySpace®, YouTube®, Dailymotion®, 3D games, GPS, maps, in short, the full Web 2.0 experience delivered into your hands as a compact and powerful device that’s easy and fun to use

Ubuntu Mobile is not available for download yet but is available as a pre-release version for ODMs, OEMs and Telcos. A final version is planned for release shortly after Ubuntu 8.04 which is currently due in April 2008.

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