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Nov 2 2011   11:02AM GMT

Ubuntu on tablet PCs by 2014

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater

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Canonical grande fromage Mark Shuttleworth has said that the Ubuntu open source operating system will be available on tablet PCs by 2014. At this time it is also thought that Ubuntu for smartphones and “smart” televisions will also be available.

Named after an African philosophy relating to human allegiances and relations, the Debian-based Linux distribution of Ubuntu will reportedly be the 14.04 version developed.

Available by early 2014 (April has been targeted) Ubuntu developers are already working with “hardware partners” to make this development a reality. The operating system’s most recent Unity default desktop environment is said to be much more “touch friendly”, so one might expect a migration to tablets being logical at this time.

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