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Linux Top 3: Ubuntu Phones Home as Fedora 18 is Delayed

  • January 7, 2013
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

The New Year has already started with a bang here on the Linux Planet as we get set for another full year of Linux innovation.

1) Ubuntu for Phones

Linux on embedded devices and smartphone is not a new thing. The world's most successful smartphone platform today is arguably Android and it runs on Linux. Yet never before have we truly had a pure bred Linux smart phone sprung from the auspices of a bona fide Linux distribution vendor.

That is now set to change as Ubuntu for Phones is ramping up.

Ubuntu Founder Mark Shuttleworth announced the effort with much fanfare on January 2nd with a live event in London and a series of videos on the approach. For Shuttleworth, the phone is not an entirely new development, it's an extension, just another architecture to add on to desktop, cloud and TV.

"Ubuntu running on your phone is bit for bit, Ubuntu," Shuttleworth said. "If you dock your phone to a bigger piece of glass you get a tablet and if you connect it up to a mouse and a keyboard you can have a desktop."

While Ubuntu for Phones is an interesting new effort from Canonical, it is isn't the first time that Shuttleworth has tried to get Ubuntu onto phones. Last year, Shuttleworth announced Ubuntu for Android, which was an approach to enable Ubuntu Linux to run on Android phones. In contrast, Ubuntu for Phone is a bare metal effort, bypassing the Android/Java layer and providing a truly native Linux experience.

 

2) Fedora 18 Delay

While the news of the Ubuntu for Phone announcement was a surprise for the first week of 2013, so too was a the news from rival distribution Fedora.

Fedora 18 had been scheduled to debut this week, instead it will be pushed out to January 15th.

While this latest delay might have been a surprise to some, Fedora 18 could soon earn the dubious distinction of being the most delayed Fedora release ever.

The original plan was for Fedora 18 to be released in November of 2012, which would have enabled Red Hat's community Linux effort to have two major releases in 2012. Instead the distribution has been delayed, with at least seven new dates proposed over the last two months.

Back in November, the stated reason for the first delay was all about blocker bugs related to the anaconda installer. As of January 7th, Anaconda related bugs remain in the blocker list for Fedora 18.

 

3) OpenMandriva is Official

The OpenMandriva community project also started 2013 off with some solid news. The nascent community effort to revive the distribution once known as Mandrake, has now been formally incorporated as a legal entity.

"The statutes we had submitted to the French authorities have been approved, which means that the OpenMandriva Association is now fully incorporated and functional," Charles Schulz stated. "2013 will be the year of our rebirth and we look forward exciting developments!"

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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