Ubuntu Phone And TV Ready For 14.04


Raring Ringtail

Mark Shuttleworth has announced on his blog the latest charming alliteration in the Ubuntu naming stable, Raring Ringtail.  And while we are saddened that they didn’t take the opportunity to capitalize on a more rustic name befitting of their typical design idioms — Rusty Rhinoceros comes to mind here –, we are tickled pink (brown) to know.  But that’s not the real news from the blog post.

The real news here is that Mark is teasing Ubuntu 14.04 on phone and TV rather confidently, while using not-so-cryptic speak to allude to how things will operate.

So what will we be up to in the next six months? We have two short cycles before we’re into the LTS, and by then we want to have the phone, tablet and TV all lined up. So I think it’s time to look at the core of Ubuntu and review it through a mobile lens: let’s measure our core platform by mobile metrics, things like battery life, number of running processes, memory footprint, and polish the rough edges that we find when we do that. The tighter we can get the core, the better we will do on laptops and the cloud, too.

The Mobile Lens?

So where is the not-so-cryptic speak that sort of seems to give everything away?  Mark mentions the word “dash” liberally during the post, and twice in one sentence.  We take the redundant use of “dash” as a hint, especially when paired with his use of “mobile lens” in the quote above.

We’ve seen a lot of Ubuntu Phone mockups of the last year or so, but none that focus completely on the Dash, but it certainly makes sense.  Shuttleworth claims that the Dash will become smarter and smarter over time, and we can easily imagine switching lenses, filtering and searching using the Dash on mobile much more than we can on the desktop.

That said, let’s go ahead and make guesses as to what 14.04 will be called.  Given the platform ambiguity that 14.04 is set to bring, we’re putting our money on Trans-sexual Tiger.

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About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.