Ubuntu 13.10 Is Now Available, Supports Nexus Devices

    October 17, 2013
    Zach Walton
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In February, Canonical announced that Ubuntu would make its way to mobile devices in October. Since then, it’s been a crazy year for the Linux-distribution, from a record-breaking crowdfunding campaign that ultimately failed to a big push in getting Ubuntu on tablets. Now the moment Linux fans have been waiting for is here as Ubuntu for mobile devices has officially launched.

This week, Canonical launched Ubuntu 13.10, or Saucy Salamander, for PC, Mac and servers. Alongside these platforms, this is also the first Ubuntu release to officially support mobile devices. That means Linux fans can now flash a version of Ubuntu onto their mobile device that’s guaranteed to at least work.

Of course, any new product launch is going to have a catch, and that is the case with Ubuntu 13.10. Canonical only has official builds for the following devices – Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. Thankfully, Ubuntu is an open platform and developers are already hard at work making Ubuntu work on a variety of Android devices. In fact, stable versions of Ubuntu Mobile are available on over 40 devices, and there’s even more devices in the work in progress list.

Despite Ubuntu for mobile being nearly feature complete, it does lack the one killer app that made it so desirable in the first place. According to Gigaom, Ubuntu Touch users won’t be able to hook up their mobile device to a monitor via HDMI and transform their mobile device into a fully-featured Ubuntu desktop. That feature has been delayed until Ubuntu 14.04, which launches in April 2014.

Aside from that one feature, Ubuntu is pretty much set to start shipping on mobile devices. In fact, Richard Collins, Mobile Product Manager for Canonical, told Gigaom that hardware makers can already start integrating Ubuntu into their mobile device planning. Those hardware makers may hold off on integrating Ubuntu into their lineup for now, however, as it lacks some of the consumer oriented apps that you see on Android and iOS. The OS in its current state, however, does sport the essentials, like a phone dialer, a messaging app, photo gallery, Web browser and more.

If you want to try out Ubuntu 13.10 out for yourself, you can grab it here. Just be sure that you grab the proper image for your device.

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  • Atwas911

    It’s just too bad Ubuntu has taken the NSA’s lead and now spies on all ubuntu user’s actions so they can deliver targed ads to the desktop user.

    If this behaviour continues, it won’t be long until the death of ubuntu.
    Combine that with the anti-productivity unity and its an all around flop.

    Why would anyone want to use a system that spies on them, and prohibits their workflow?

    Are they betting on the little kids that like giant full screen rows of icons running up and down the side of the screen to keep them in business?

    No one is getting rid of the keyboard or mouse anytime soon, at-least not in a work environment.. These touch screen forced interfaces are a horrible idea.. Same with Windows 8.. Microsoft.. You are FOOLS.

  • http://desirableobjects.co.uk Antony Jones

    Oh come on, it’s a one line fix to make Ubuntu work properly again:

    sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

    Done. Let Unity die.