Ubuntu for Cell Phones

Ubuntu Linux for your cell phone. That’s actually kind of exciting.

The PC as we understand it continues to slowly disappear (a path it’s been on for about 10 years, although like all exponential curves that was non-obvious to most just 5 years ago), the question for me is, what exactly is going to be the king OS of the future? I’m not certain that Microsoft can count on being the king of the jungle ten years from now.

It’s pretty clear to me that the good old PC will still be around for a good while in businesses, for engineers, geeks, hobbyists, etc. but I’m not sure how much longer the average person is going to want or need one, or what exactly we’ll even think a “PC” is by the end of this decade.

  • http://madisonforum.net/ Sandi

    Why on earth would anyone think that Ubuntu as a new entry into the smartphone OS would do a better job? The one advantage ( and the one the author likes ) is the ability to dock the phone to your desktop: which begs the question, why not just use the desktop?

    Ubuntu should stick to servers and desktops for geeks that prefer a command line to mouse clicks.

    The PC is here to stay, at least for many decades. I write software for websites ( forums specifically ). Using a tablet for coding would be like using a kids beach shovel for heavy construction.

  • http://www.aclassicalliberal.net Classically Liberal Dave

    Sandi, I believe what they are proposing is a docking station you can connect your cell phone to so that you can use your cell phone with a real keyboard and a real display. So you can always have your computer with you, and when you’re at your base of operations you can have a real keyboard mouse and display.

    Think of it as a docking station for a laptop where the laptop fits in your pocket.

  • http://www.deanesmay.com Dean Esmay

    The main advantage of Ubuntu on your phone instead of Android (which is, after all, also Linux based) is probably going to be that you can fully control it. You have to do something called “Jailbreak” to get full control of your smartphone, I’m presuming Ubuntu wouldn’t do that to you.

    Ubuntu uses a complete GUI by the way Sandi.

  • http://madisonforum.net/ Sandi

    Yes as a Linux user I understand that Ubuntu uses a GUI (Gnome and KDE desktops), however I would not call it complete. Most functions beyond running programs requires you to use the terminal (command line).

    That is unless their desktop has improved a lot in the last couple years, as that is the last I used Ubuntu. I use CentOS now on my home servers as well as my three self-managed live online websites.

    And I guess it is rather handy to plug the tablet into the PC. But that is what I can’t fully get my mind around. Why not just use the PC?

  • http://www.aclassicalliberal.net Classically Liberal Dave

    And I guess it is rather handy to plug the tablet into the PC. But that is what I can’t fully get my mind around. Why not just use the PC?

    Back up just a minute, Sandy. Let’s say you have a laptop PC and a desktop PC. Why do you have a desktop PC? Because you need the larger display and better keyboard that only the desktop can provide.

    The internal components in laptops are now good enough for a lot of applications. It’s the connections to the outside world that keep most people from abandoning the desktop for a laptop. If you are a power user, it doesn’t make sense to spend all that time connecting and disconnecting your keyboard, mouse, monitor, network and external drive from your laptop. The solution is to get a docking station so you just have one connection instead of five. It suddenly becomes much easier to connect and disconnect your laptop. Suddenly you can live without a desktop PC, but still have all the advantages.

    This article is just talking about taking that idea to its logical conclusion. Shrink the laptop so that it becomes so small you can take it with you anywhere. You no longer have a PC on your desk, you just have a docking station for your miniaturized laptop, which is actually a cell phone or tablet.

  • http://madisonforum.net/ Sandi

    “This article is just talking about taking that idea to its logical conclusion. Shrink the laptop so that it becomes so small you can take it with you anywhere. You no longer have a PC on your desk, you just have a docking station for your miniaturized laptop, which is actually a cell phone or tablet.”

    That is exactly what I don’t understand. I “don’t want” to take my PC with me anywhere. I suppose it would be nice for someone who wants to play games in the park, or where ever.

    As for my laptop ( still not sure why I bought it but do use it occasionally ), I don’t need to dock it. It is on my wireless network, and I plugin a wireless USB keyboard / mouse. It has a 17.3 inch monitor so it isn’t hard to look at.

    Internet cellphones, iPads, and most notebooks they are for play. Doing six to eight hours a day programming in PHP/javascript, I need a work tool, not a toy.