As expected, Canonical announced that its Ubuntu linux distro is headed to tablets. This announcement increases the reach of Ubuntu outside of its desktop roots and brings it to smartphones, tablets and more.
“Our family of interfaces now scales across all screens, so your phone can provide tablet, PC and TV experiences when you dock it. That’s unique to Ubuntu and it’s the future of personal computing,” said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and Canonical.
Ubuntu will run on existing hardware that is compatible with Linux-oriented Board Support Package. The Touch Developer Preview will be released on February 21 and can be installed on Google’s Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets as well as the Nexus 4 smartphone. The full release of Ubuntu for tablets will be available later this year. A hardware partner which will optimize its devices for Ubuntu will be announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.