Ubuntu founder and canonical leader, Mark Shuttleworth, has big plans. He wants to see Ubuntu Linux running on smartphones, tablets, TVs, smart cars and even home applicance. This is what he claimed during the Ubuntu Developer Summit. In a nutshell, Mr Shuttleworth plans to go head-to-head with the likes of technology titans Apple, Microsoft and Google.
Shuttleworth said: "There is no winner in place yet. This opportunity remains wide open, but only to products that deliver excellent experiences for users, across a full range of device categories."
The plan for the first release of Ubuntu running on smartphones and other non-computer devices is set for April 2014, which convenietly matches Ubuntu 14.4 release.
Shuttleworth also stated that "Android is its primary competitor. But, from the industry viewpoint, Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility has shook up the hardware vendors, so some of them are looking for non-Android alternatives".
Even if Ubuntu makes it and release its first iteration of the open source linux distribution for smartphones, tablets, TVs and other devices, it remains to be seen if it will gain traction. All comptetitors, including Apple, Microsoft and Google, will be years ahead in the game with an established user base of hundres of millions of users.