Ubuntu Touch RTM version is in the works

Ubuntu logoUbuntu for phones has been in the works for more than a year and a half, but the moment that Canonical has been waiting for is getting closer. An RTM version of Ubuntu Touch is now being made and the devs have started to land various improvements and changes for it.

Even now, the new Ubuntu OS can be tested on a few Nexus devices, which are officially supported, and a few others that might work. This is about to change in a few months’ time, when two companies called Meizu and Bq launch the first devices powered by this new operating system in China and Europe, respectively.

Why Canonical chose these two companies to launch the first Ubuntu devices is a different discussion and it has been explained already by Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of the company. The reality is that they can't just give users the new OS in its current state. It might be considered stable, but it's far from a marketable product.

This is the main reason Ubuntu developers chose to separate their work in two branches, the regular release channel, which is now called Utopic, and RTM, which hasn't been made public just yet. There are a number of other channels, including utopic-devel, but regular users are not the target audience for them.

“After asking our dogfooders to perform some testing new blockers have been revealed, sadly. This basically means no promotion for now... But so far landings continue normally. Robert just landed the Mir 0.6.0 which is now migrating to the archive. We will build image #186 as soon as it lands completely in the release pocket.”

“We have also started real-system testing of landings for ubuntu-rtm. Currently the first volunteer was Michał with his recent Unity8 landing. So far so good. After this landing goes through successfully, we'll be switching the spreadsheet and dashboard to support the new architecture,” said Ubuntu developer Łukasz Zemczak.

Right now there are some minor problems that need to be fixed by the devs, but stable updates land pretty often. Everything gets tested constantly, but this is a very young OS and numerous features wait in line to be implemented, which means that bugs show up all the time.

There is no precise launch date for the Meizu and Bq phones beside the already announced “this fall” window.

If you want to try Ubuntu for phones and you have a Nexus 4 device, you can do it right now. Just follow this comprehensive tutorial.

Ubuntu Touch

“We have also started real-system testing of landings for ubuntu-rtm. Currently the first volunteer was Michał with his recent Unity8 landing. So far so good. After this landing goes through successfully, we'll be switching the spreadsheet and dashboard to support the new architecture,” said Ubuntu developer Łukasz Zemczak.

Right now there are some minor problems that need to be fixed by the devs, but stable updates land pretty often. Everything gets tested constantly, but this is a very young OS and numerous features wait in line to be implemented, which means that bugs show up all the time.

There is no precise launch date for the Meizu and Bq phones beside the already announced “this fall” window.

If you want to try Ubuntu for phones and you have a Nexus 4 device, you can do it right now. Just follow this comprehensive tutorial.

Source: Softpedia

Tags: Linux, OSes, smartphones, Ubuntu

Comments
Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
or
Your comment:


Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party


Last news

 
Consumer group recommends iPhone 8 over anniversary model
 
LTE connections wherever you go and instant waking should come to regular PCs, too
 
That fiction is slowly becoming a reality
 
The Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC includes the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem
 
Human moderators can help make YouTube a safer place for everyone
 
Google says Progressive Web Apps are the future of app-like webpages
 
All 2018 models to sport the 'notch'
 
The biggest exchange in South Korea, where the BTC/KRW pair is at $14,700 now
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
 
 

News Archive

 
 
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      




Poll

Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (4)