If you’re a casual computer user, you probably haven’t heard of the open-source Ubuntu project let alone the Ubuntu mobile project. There are three major operating systems (OS) for desktop computers and I’m sure you’re familiar with at least two of those—Windows and Macintosh. Linux is the third major OS and has been gaining huge popularity lately.
Linux is a Unix-like computer operating system assembled under the model of free and open source software development and distribution. You read that right—FREE! Ubuntu is one of many Linux distributions and the one we’ve been seriously contemplating using on all of our desktops thus replacing our current Windows 7 OS.
Then we heard that Ubuntu was planning on adapting the desktop OS for mobile devices and recently went public with the project. Ubuntu’s mobile OS would be the fourth mobile OS and the second Linux-based mobile OS with Android being the first.
Ubuntu’s mobile OS will be an entire operating system in the palm of your hand. Anything you can run on your desktop will run on your tablet and phone without the need to install or purchase a separate program.
Now imagine being able to have access to your entire desktop when you’re out running errands. I know that would certainly come in handy for me when I’m sitting twiddling my thumbs watching the boys at wrestling practice or waiting for Drama King’s therapy to end.
That is hugely interesting for us because we’ve been looking to replace Little T’s communication device with something lighter and more portable. The Vantage Lite is smaller than a laptop but weighs more than one so imagine having to carry that with you just so you can talk to your friends. There are many phone or tablet apps that can replace the Vantage Lite but we’d have to run a different program on each device and manually sync vocabulary between all the devices. Now that’s not bad if you have two or three devices but in our house we have four desktops, three laptops, and three smart phones with the plan to add a tablet or two soon.
The skeptical part of me worries that a phone with Ubuntu mobile won’t have enough power to fully support everything a desktop can support but this will certainly be an interesting topic to follow.