Ubuntu Introduces Linux Tablet
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Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth this week announced the new Ubuntu Tablet interface. For Shuttleworth, the Ubuntu Tablet is a natural extension of his company's convergence strategy.
"It's exactly the same code that will give you a phone, tablet, TV or PC experience," Shuttleworth said during a press conference today. "It is one single platform that adapts itself and presents the optimal experience for each type of device."
The Ubuntu Linux tablet is set to offer a number of features that go beyond what tablet leader Apple is currently providing with the iPad. For one, Ubuntu Tablet will provide secure multi-user capabilities. Personal data for each user can be encrypted to provide an additional layer of security and content isolation.
From a hardware perspective, Ubuntu for Tablets will be compatible with silicon that supports the Linux-oriented Board Support Package (BSP). As such, hardware architectures that currently support Android can potentially be leveraged to run Ubuntu for Tablets. Shuttleworth said that Canonical will not be building its own hardware, but rather will work with hardware partners.