The Ubuntu OS: The human quality in the world of technology

The last chapter of our Open platform series is dedicated to the operating system Ubuntu, the latest addition to the ranks of the Open source and designed for all mobile devices and desktops

The battle for dominance of the Mobile Operating Systems market starts to bore the majority of the audience, since the figures change from time to time and the eternal battle between Google and Apple giant remains static and unattainable by all other competitors. Precisely for this reason, the battle for third place gets rather interesting, because market players took the field with blows of innovation and creativity, thereby enhancing the level of the same quality and the user experience.

Among them is definitely the OS Ubuntu Touch, developed by Linux-based open source software. The name comes from an ancient philosophy of South Africa where Ubuntu means “humanity”, often understood as “benevolence towards others” or “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.” [1] Its creators, however, like to call it “The operating system brings the spirit of humanity in [2] the computer world.”

Then we explore the universe and discover why Ubuntu Touch may soon become the next “number 3” on the world stage of the mobile OS.

The Ubuntu Touch is the mobile version of the Ubuntu operating system developed by Canonical UK Ltd. and the Ubuntu Community, originally thought for all touch mobile devices. Its launch took place at the end of 2011 when Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, presented the Ubuntu 4.14, the version supported by smartphones, tablets, TVs and smart screens; but the Ubuntu Touch version 1.0 was launched October 17, 2013.

The first reviews were immediately very positive among the most praised key elements are due to its open nature Ubuntu Linux system, the universal support both native apps to web apps that, thus making the system flexible and developer-friendly, and its intuitive usability based on a simple user interface. Let us now see in detail some of these features.

Its unique interface, called Unity, was specially designed to improve the efficiency of the mobile display screens with limited size. Its first launch was in 2010, but the Unity has had a long period of development. The crucial aspect of Ubuntu is that the mobile version is identical to the desktop, thus allowing open source developers already at work on that of constantly implement system. Ubuntu then allows a greater variety of customization compared to Android. Its trump card is finally the very idea that is the basis of Ubuntu, that is, being structured as “interface available for all media”, whether they be smartphones, tablets or desktops.

So, the idea behind Ubuntu in the opinion of Shuttleworth, is “to ensure that every device can act as if it were a single ‘brain’ and at the same time can run on multiple devices, so a phone can act as a tablet, PC or TV, depending on the device to which it is connected.” Downstream of this, however, we can consider this aspect enough to succeed in the market? Placed in a high price range (from $200 to $400), the system may be ideal for those users dissatisfied by most Operating Systems on the market and looking for a more intuitive user interface and sophisticated design. Considering its open nature and the promise that this will always remain, allowing its use, its development and its sharing, the future of Ubuntu certainly looks bright.

Shital

Shital regularly contributes on health articles magazine and healthy living ideas to health blogs around the web. When she’s not busy working with the jobs, you will find her undertaking many of her own health-related topics and healthy living ideas! She has a lot of dreams. She works hard to fulfill her dreams. She loves to share her ideas, tricks, tips and information by blogging. She also works at Creativejasmin.com, a company that committed to helping businesses with online marketing.

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