Canonical this week stated that it’s going to finish its assist for Ubuntu Contact telephones and Ubuntu-powered tablets in June, and that it’s going to shut down its app retailer on the finish of this 12 months. The corporate beforehand had signaled the system’s demise, but it surely had not mounted a date.
The information got here on the heels of Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth’s latest disclosure that the corporate had determined
to drop Ubuntu’s Unity desktop environment as of the subsequent main distro launch. That revelation hinted that extra shedding of unsuccessful applied sciences would comply with.
Canonical will exchange its shelved flagship desktop atmosphere with GNOME 3. The Unity determination was primarily based, a minimum of in half, on persevering with difficulties in transferring it to the Mir X-window server system. That mixture was integral to the Ubuntu telephone and pill growth.
“Ubuntu telephones and tablets will proceed to function. OTA (over-the-air) updates are at the moment restricted to vital fixes and safety patches solely,” stated Canonical spokesperson Sarah Dickson.
The vital patching will proceed till June 2017, she instructed LinuxInsider. Then no additional updates shall be delivered.
Canonical declined to present particulars about what led to the tip of the Ubuntu telephone and pill expertise. Nevertheless, one apparent motive is the low variety of customers.
“That is a kind of ‘What if you happen to gave a celebration and no one got here?’ eventualities,” stated Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.
It’s little question disappointing for Canonical, but it surely additionally calls into query the viability of any cellular OS that doesn’t have a large following or a deep-pocketed vendor behind it, he instructed LinuxInsider.
“For historic analogies, the early days of the PC enterprise earlier than the market coalesced round Home windows and the Mac OS provide some good examples,” King noticed.
In the interim, the app retailer will proceed to perform, stated Dickson. Which means customers shall be in a position to proceed to obtain apps, and builders can proceed to push updates and bug options to current apps.
“Nevertheless, it’s going to not be doable to buy apps from the Ubuntu Telephone app retailer from June 2017,” she stated.
After that date, builders of paid apps already in the shop can have two decisions: make their apps obtainable totally free, or take away them from the shop.