Google Nexus 7 running on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

Here is the video showing Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail (still in development at this time of writing) running on Nexus 7, a 7.81″ tablet which runs Android Jelly Bean by default.

It is expected that more announcement will be made regarding Ubuntu tablet at the upcoming Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) in Denmark, which Mark Shuttleworth himself drop a hint that future Ubuntu development will focused on mobile platform. He even encouraged attendees to bring Nexus 7 to the summit.

My Thoughts
Its refreshing to see Ubuntu can be ported on tablets. It open up several opportunities to integrate Ubuntu operating system with mobile platform and together with the possibility of cloud computing, it will be able to unify the way people use their computers in their daily life. However, a new GUI has to be designed in order to make Ubuntu usable and convenient to be used on tablets.

All in all, it is a bold move from Canonical.

Ubuntu Release, Maintenance and Support Schedule

Mark Shuttleworth has written a good blog post detailing about future Ubuntu release schedule and the length of support for a particular release, whether its a standard release or an LTS (Long Term Support) release.

In his post, he also explains about the point release concept for the LTS, which each Long Term support installation will receive continuous updates up until the next release of LTS. Which is due to be released in two years time. This point release will allow fresh LTS installation to receives new patches and updates without going through the hassle downloading them through the internet.

Standard releases will continue to receive patches and updates for one and a half-year and Server LTS release will continue to receive updates for 5 years.

For more information read Mark Shuttleworth post, The Art of Release