Security updates for Ubuntu phone and tablet will end this June, Canonical has confirmed. Current OTA updates are currently limited to critical fixes and security updates — a decision we were first to tell you back in January. But after June 2017 Canonical “will no longer deliver any further updates”. Furthermore the Ubuntu Store is to close at the end […]
This post, Security Updates for Ubuntu Phone to End in June, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will go back to using GNOME as the default desktop environment, instead of Unity.
In what comes as a big surprise for many, Mark Shuttleworh, the founder of Ubuntu and Canonical, explains on the Ubuntu Insights website that Canonical is ending their “investment in Unity8, the phone and convergence shell”.
Existing LTS releases will continue to be maintained, so Unity 7 should still see some bug fixes in the future. However, with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (to be released in April, 2018), the default desktop environment will be GNOME.
While Mark doesn’t explicitly says “GNOME Shell”, I assume that’s what he means, especially since Unity 7 has been in maintenance mode for quite a few Ubuntu releases.
“I took the view that, if convergence was the future and we could deliver it as free software, that would be widely appreciated both in the free software community and in the technology industry, where there is substantial frustration with the existing, closed, alternatives available to manufacturers. I was wrong on both counts.
In the community, our efforts were seen fragmentation not innovation. And industry has not rallied to the possibility, instead taking a ‘better the devil you know’ approach to those form factors, or investing in home-grown platforms. What the Unity8 team has delivered so far is beautiful, usable and solid, but I respect that markets, and community, ultimately decide which products grow and which disappear”.
– Mark Shuttleworth
Check out the complete article HERE.
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Ubuntu OTA 15 has been released, and is being rolled out to all supported Ubuntu Touch devices. As we previously reported, Ubuntu OTA-15 is primarily bug fix and security update, and addresses issues with loading HTTPS sites in the stock Ubuntu web-browser. “[We have] started the phased upgrade procedures as with every release. This should take less […]
This post, Ubuntu OTA-15 Is Now Rolling Out to Ubuntu Phones, Tablets, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.
The current Dekko email app for Ubuntu phone is no longer supported, and no further updates will be released. Work is to continue on a Snap-based version.
This post, Dekko, the Ubuntu Phone Email App, Will Get ‘No Further Updates’, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.
The Ubuntu web-browser app is getting a brand new icon after community members said the existing icon looked too similar to the Safari web browser.
This post, The Ubuntu Web Browser App Is Getting a New Icon, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.
Canonical is working on OTA-15 for Ubuntu Phone and tablet — but it won’t contain new features.
This post, Ubuntu OTA-15 Will Let Ubuntu Touch Users Access HTTPS Sites Again, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.
Ubports developer Marius Grispgård has revealed that he’s working on a way to run Android apps on Ubuntu Phone using Sfdroid.
This post, This Dev Is Working on a Way to Run Android Apps on Ubuntu Phone, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.
Mobile World Congress 2017 kicks off next month, and Canonical is, once again, going to be in attendance. But although there are unlikely to be any shiny new Ubuntu phones and tablets to show off, Ubuntu Touch won’t be entirely absent. And it’s all thanks to the community. Canonical at MWC 2017 Last MWC saw the Bq Aquaris […]
This post, The Fairphone 2 Running Ubuntu Will Be On Show at MWC17, was written by Scott Bouvier and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.
Canonical engineer Ted Gould has put the case for Ubuntu Phone, arguing that mobile carriers will appreciate the ‘flexibility’ to bundle apps and services.
This post, The Case for Ubuntu Phone: Flexibility for Mobile Networks, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.
No new Ubuntu phones are in the pipeline, and existing devices won’t get major new updates. Is Ubuntu Phone dead? The answer is a little complicated…
This post, No New Ubuntu Phones on the Horizon, And No Major Updates for Existing Ones, Either, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.