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sfcrazy writes "Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu, has shared his plans for 2013. It was clear from the Nexus 7 initiative that Ubuntu is eventually looking into the mobile space more seriously. Google created the cheap device Ubuntu was looking for wider testing and development. The initial builds of Ubuntu for Nexus 7 also showed that, despite popular perception, Unity is far from ready for the mobile devices. In fact quite a lot of 'controversial' technologies introduced in Unity don't fit on a mobile devices such as Global Menus or HUD. So there are many challenges for Mark — redesign Unity for mobile, which may upset users again, get Ubuntu app developers to redesign apps for Ubuntu mobile, get top developers to write apps for Ubuntu... Is it all feasible when companies like RIM or Microsoft are struggling or is Ubuntu becoming a 'me too' company which is not brining anything new to the table and is simply trying to claim a pie?" Shuttleworth also wants to do something or other with the cloud: "It’s also why we’ll push deeper into the cloud, making it even easier, faster and cost effective to scale out modern infrastructure on the cloud of your choice, or create clouds for your own consumption and commerce."
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Ubuntu Focusing on Tablets and the Cloud in 2013

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  • by plover (150551) on Wednesday December 26, 2012 @10:45AM (#42394419) Homepage Journal

    See, that's the one really nice thing about Ubuntu and Unity. You can walk away from them and not even feel like you've lost something of value.

  • by jkrise (535370) on Wednesday December 26, 2012 @10:46AM (#42394425) Journal

    "Itâ(TM)s also why weâ(TM)ll push deeper into the cloud, making it even easier, faster and cost effective to scale out modern infrastructure on the cloud of your choice, or create clouds for your own consumption and commerce."

    I feel Mark had 3 pegs more than normal when he spoke the above. Can anyone suggest a proper geek-speak version?

  • We'll See (Score:5, Funny)

    by jimbrooking (1909170) on Wednesday December 26, 2012 @10:46AM (#42394431)
    The tablet thing has worked out well for Ballmer and Windows 8, hasn't it?
  • by multicoregeneral (2618207) on Wednesday December 26, 2012 @11:38AM (#42394777) Homepage
    Yes, but then Mark Shuttleworth would need to admit that he's no Steve Jobs. I think the reduction in the size of his ego might cause the tides to rise, which would not be a good thing for the environment, small island nations, or marine life.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 26, 2012 @12:34PM (#42395317)

    He didn't just go "down the GNOME route". He left it, trying to walk parallel to the route, hoping to keep it in site, but then some brambles got in the way, and then a ravine, a lake, and suddenly, he couldn't even see the GNOME route anymore.

    Soon he stumbles across the remains of an old disused railroad track. Shuttleworth stops a moment to catch his breath and survey the area. A few drops of rain patter on the grass amid the chatter of crickets as dusk slowly settles in, and a humid breeze hints at a coming storm. Carefully tip-toeing along the weathered-cracked timbers, he follows the track a short distance and rounds a bend into a grassy clearing. Scattered around here are remnants of industry; broken barrels, wagon wheels, a headless axe handle, white and splintered from age, overgrown by kudzu. Against a cliff wall there is what appears to be the entrance to a really creepy looking old abandoned mine shaft. Boards are haphazardly nailed across the opening and an aged wooden sign with faded letters warns: "all hope abandon, ye who enters here."

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