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Ubuntu Convergence Is Better Than Windows Continuum, Here's Why

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Posted 15 November 2015 - 01:18 AM

Unity 8 is being worked on for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and a lot of progress has been made. One of the features that are expected to land, in more stable form, is platform convergence. Canonical is not the only company that's working towards this goal, but it's the only one that's doing it right.
Platform convergence is a multi-faceted feature, and it's not just about making a mobile device working as a PC. Indeed, this is one of the more obvious and interesting outcomes, but there is at least another feature that's not getting enough attention.
Right now, only the Ubuntu Touch platform has a stable implementation of the Unity 8 desktop environment and the Mir display server, but great progress has been made to bring these two to the desktop. Once they become fully implemented, developers will be able to build apps that work on both platforms, which in itself is an achievement.
The goal is to have a single code base for both systems and eventually, build a single OS that can be deployed both on the desktop and the phone.

Some of the Linux users might have noticed that Microsoft is working to implement a similar function under the name of Continuum, but that 's a rather different approach.

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Posted 17 November 2015 - 04:32 AM



Some of the Linux users might have noticed that Microsoft is working to implement a similar function under the name of Continuum, but that 's a rather different approach. 


Probably like much everything else, a failed copycat effort at best. Much everything they've tried to copy in this millennium has been a bust, though with two products they introduced these, dismissed shortly as a 'fad' (remember the original Windows Phones & XP Tablets that many professionals used?), then Apple picked up both & ran. We know the outcome of that. 


Since then, Microsoft has tried in vain to get back in those markets & has failed numerous times. If just 10 years back, the lead developers at Microsoft (as well as the former CEO Steve Ballmer) had an attribute known as patience, they'd own both markets today. My doctor continued to use her XP Tablet until support for the OS was pulled, and afterwards went with the fruit brand at work, until a rollout of a modified Ubuntu was deployed at the office that all employees had to use. 


Whenever Microsoft tries to copy another's effort, the result hasn't been good. They've tried & continue to try with Bing, yet I don't believe for one second that they have a chance of topping Google at what they do best. 


Continuum will be a joke at best, it won't be as good as what they're trying to imitate. It's time to face the facts, Microsoft hasn't put together a decent OS since Windows 7, though 10 is an effort, consumers will become informed & wary about spyware & their privacy/security & some will cut ties with Windows. While I can't say one way or the other which OS these disgruntled users will go to, for most it'll be Apple, Android (a Linux variant) or a version of Linux. There's not much other choice, as ReactOS has a ways to go still, after many years already in R&D. 


Hopefully the hard work behind Ubuntu 16.04 LTS won't go unnoticed & Canonical can cut a deal with a major retailer such as Walmart, the world's largest, to expose the OS to the masses at a reasonable price. Otherwise, we're still going to hover around the 2% user share mark overall. Deals has already been cut for Ubuntu MATE in Europe, so it's not like it would be hard to get this done. With sales offices scattered all over the US, it's time to make some calls & knock on doors other than Dell, which has made a couple of half-hearted efforts to push Ubuntu. While one can find these on the Dell site, it takes some looking. 


Whatever it takes, I'm all for the success of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, as it has major implications for Linux MInt 18 & other distros that uses Ubuntu as their base. Yet success with our current user share isn't enough, as the current group will stick with Ubuntu & it's derivatives no matter what. Canonical needs to make bigger things happen, they have the manpower & resources to do so. Not in just the professional fields, the consumer ones also by teaming with a large OEM that's up to the challenge of pushing a OS to the masses. Some has done it with Chromebooks, yet these are no threat to Windows at the current time. The masses needs to be exposed to Linux, while many has heard of the brand, most thinks of it as ancient, with no GUI & no usefulness. Sitting on the stores of retailers, this can be debunked & consumers can see first hand that they can use the OS, just as with Windows, only without no IE, which many consumers has long stopped using. IE's main market share is in business & education. 


I wholeheartedly believe that Linux & Ubuntu 16.04 can be sold to the masses, if only a few people at the top of the chain will make it happen. 



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