Canonical adds countdown on Ubuntu.com for tablet reveal Tuesday

In early January, Canonical announced plans to launch a new UI for its Linux-based Ubuntu OS that was being made especially for smartphones. Now the company has once again started a countdown clock on its Ubuntu website for some kind of reveal on Tuesday.

The clock has a message which says simply, "Tick, tock, tablet time." Unless Canonical is talking about selling some kind of writing tablet, it seems clear that Tuesday's announcement will offer details on how Ubuntu's UI will be made to serve tablet-based PCs.

It's almost certain that this tablet version will be a modified UI based on the already announced smartphone interface. Canonical said at the time that their UI would have " ... thumb gestures from all four edges of the screen" that in turn would "enable users to find content and switch between apps faster than other phones." We would be surprised if this feature was not brought over to the tablet version.

As far as the smartphone port of Ubuntu, Canonical has plans to release the source code and images for developers on Thursday, February 21st. Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 smartphone from Google and LG will be able to download and use the source code ahead of a final launch later in 2013.

Source: Ubuntu.com | Image via Canonical

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I support any tablet OS that bridges the desktop just enough to put a crimp in the ridiculous practice of sites like Hulu to block content based on the size of the screen and input style.

It's part of why I support Windows 8 tablets, and part of why I'm willing to give Ubuntu phones a shot. Anything to make this arbitrary segregation pointless.

yowanvista said,
I wonder if they'll use that obsolete X Window or Wayland in their tablet version. X is way too bloated, ancient and flawed.

Nope, Ubuntu is still on X. Doubt this will change any day soon.

Kalint said,
So will you have to use terminal to install anything?
snnnnnnnnap!

Err, Ubuntu has perfectly capable repository software. Making it quite the same as the Windows Store or iTunes. No major difference there.

mrp04 said,
So like Windows 8, huh?

It would be interesting if Ubuntu copies Windows. Tablet interface + desktop interface, and the gestures from all four edges of the screen. They already copied Aero Snap (and I was very glad they did) and many other things. And they have also been very busy swiping things from OS X. If they added an Android app compatibility layer like BB10, they'd have scavenged bits from nearly every platform.

I'm just amazed that Apple has made absolutely no efforts to make OS X touchscreen friendly. No touchscreen hardware. You would think their iMac product would be a natural choice.

rfirth said,

It would be interesting if Ubuntu copies Windows. Tablet interface + desktop interface, and the gestures from all four edges of the screen. They already copied Aero Snap (and I was very glad they did) and many other things. And they have also been very busy swiping things from OS X. If they added an Android app compatibility layer like BB10, they'd have scavenged bits from nearly every platform.

I'm just amazed that Apple has made absolutely no efforts to make OS X touchscreen friendly. No touchscreen hardware. You would think their iMac product would be a natural choice.

They're probably waiting to release it fully complete. I don't really care though, Windows works great for me.

rfirth said,
I'm just amazed that Apple has made absolutely no efforts to make OS X touchscreen friendly. No touchscreen hardware. You would think their iMac product would be a natural choice.

I'm generally not an Apple fan. However, I've got to give Apple credit for knowing that desktops and laptops are separate from tablets and not trying to jerry-rig a touch interface onto them.

Chugworth said,

I'm generally not an Apple fan. However, I've got to give Apple credit for knowing that desktops and laptops are separate from tablets and not trying to jerry-rig a touch interface onto them.

Then whats the rumors of 'merging' iOS and OSX into 1 product, or at least. a similar product/style?

Its like Apple saying they would never release a tiny iPad...right?

-Razorfold said,

Microsoft had tablet PCs in 2002...

why didnt it work then? looks like MS trying hard after ipad?
no big fan of ipad either. so never mind