Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, the Ubuntu developers have worked a lot lately, at both Unity 8 and Mir. While Unity 8 will most likely be used on Ubuntu 14.10, Mir will be adopted as default on Ubuntu 16.04, but it should be already usable for Ubuntu 14.10, according to Canonical.
Mir and Unity 8 have been updated yet again. According to Canonical’s Kevin Gunn the right edge features have been added to the repositories, a bunch of new tweaks for the split greeter have been also added, the Welcome Wizard got support for Wi-Fi, the Greeter and Indicator have been also optimized for Qt 5.2.1 while cursor support for Mir and Unity have been implemented.
Due to some issues, Canonical has put Ubuntu Touch under feature freeze to focus on squashing bugs, but this may change soon.
Also, Unity 8 has received new Scopes recently, while dual SIM support and conference call support are under work.
The story so far:
Canonical has been working a lot at Ubuntu Touch, the mobile version of Ubuntu. While the initial plan was to make it available for all the Google Nexus smartphones and tablets, the developers have dropped the support for Galaxy Nexus, Google Nexus 7 2012 and Google Nexus 10, Ubuntu Touch being officially available only for the Google Nexus 4 smartphone and the Google Nexus 7 2013 tablet.
Until now, there aren’t a lot of applications for Ubuntu Touch available, Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth hopes that by the time the first Ubuntu Touch powered phones hit the market, the top 50 Android/iOS apps will be available for Ubuntu Touch.
While Canonical is working its own email client for Ubuntu Touch (based on Trojita), a Telegram client specially optimized for Ubuntu Touch and Unity 8 is on the way, so the Ubuntu Touch app ecosystem is still growing.
Also worth mentioning, Mark’s Shuttleworth big dream is to reach full desktop-mobile convergence somewhere between the releases of Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 15.04 (between October 2014 and April 2015).
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