Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of the Canonical, has provided some insights in the future of Ubuntu and talked about his plans to conquer the Linux world.It’s not a secret that Mark Shuttleworth has big plans for Ubuntu and it’s been clear for some time that he wants Ubuntu on all the major platforms, including mobiles and tablets.
There are already a couple of noteworthy tablets that are capable of running a specially crafted variant of Ubuntu and it’s probably a matter of time until a phone will pop up somewhere, running Ubuntu mobile.
Mark Shuttleworth answered some users’ questions on slashdot.org and some of the answers have stood out. He was careful to choose his words, but it’s nice to know from the horse’s mouth what the actual plans for Canonical’s future are.
“The really interesting opportunity is to unify all of these different kinds of computing. Let's make one OS that runs on the phone AND on your supercomputer.”
“The really interesting opportunity is to unify all of these different kinds of computing. Let's make one OS that runs on the phone AND on your supercomputer,” said Shuttleworth.
He also explained that the desktop market has shrunk, due to the advent of tablets, and that one of the main competitor of Ubuntu is in fact the pirated version of Windows.
“The mobile world is crucial to the future of the PC. This month, for example, it became clear that the traditional PC is shrinking in favor of tablets. So if we want to be relevant on the PC, we have to figure out how to be relevant in the mobile world first.”
“So our focus now is to establish a great story around Ubuntu and mobile form factors - the tablet and the phone - on which we can build deeper relationships with everyday consumers,” continued Shuttleworth.
Canonical’s plan to dominate every aspect of the market is commendable, but they will have some fierce competition along the way.