Ubuntu to drop Unity, kills off smartphones and tablets convergence plans

Desktop Ubuntu will go back to Gnome

Ubuntu is to kill off efforts to put its operating system on smartphones and tablets.

In a blog post, Ubuntu found Mark Shuttleworth, said that the company would end Unity8, the phone and convergence shell and shift its default Ubuntu desktop back to GNOME for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. This new version of the desktop will ship in April 2018.

Advertisement - Article continues below

With the move, the company has close off plans to have a phone acting as a desktop when docked into a special device hooked up to a display.

He said the company would continue to produce desktop software and maintain the existing LTS releases, working with partners to distribute this software and support corporate customers.

Shuttleworth said he 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," he added, saying his company's efforts were seen as "fragmentation not innovation". He said that while what the Unity8 team had delivered so far was "beautiful, usable and solid", he respected that "markets, and community, ultimately decide which products grow and which disappear".

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

He said the decision had been a very difficult one for him to make "because of the force of my conviction in the convergence future, and my personal engagement with the people and the product, both of which are amazing. We feel like a family, but this choice is shaped by commercial constraints, and those two are hard to reconcile".

Looking to the future, Shuttleworth said that Ubuntu would now concentrate its investments in "areas which are contributing to the growth of the company".

He listed them as Ubuntu itself, for desktops, servers and VMs, its cloud infrastructure products (OpenStack and Kubernetes), cloud operations capabilities (MAAS, LXD, Juju, BootStack), and "our IoT story in snaps and Ubuntu Core".

Featured Resources

Staying ahead of the game in the world of data

Create successful marketing campaigns by understanding your customers better

Download now

Remote working 2020: Advantages and challenges

Discover how to overcome remote working challenges

Download now

Keep your data available with snapshot technology

Synology’s solution to your data protection problem

Download now

After the lockdown - reinventing the way your business works

Your guide to ensuring business continuity, no matter the crisis

Download now
Advertisement

Most Popular

How to find RAM speed, size and type
Laptops

How to find RAM speed, size and type

3 Aug 2020
How to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi
Mobile

How to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi

4 Aug 2020
UN report points to a 350% rise in phishing websites at start of 2020
phishing

UN report points to a 350% rise in phishing websites at start of 2020

7 Aug 2020