It's been over six years since Mark Shuttleworth first talked about bringing Ubuntu to phones, televisions, cars or refrigerators. Convergence was Canonical's goal, and for some time the dream was alive with projects like that triumphant failure called Ubuntu Edge.
That dream, however, has been truncated today. The creator of Canonical and Ubuntu has announced that from now on they will be dedicated to making Ubuntu succeed in the cloud and on the internet of things, thus abandoning the project of conquering converging mobile devices. The Unity desktop environment that was to be the center of that experience also dies, and Ubuntu will return years later to the popular GNOME.
Canonical throws the towel with the convergence
It will be in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS when we see that lap of the GNOME desktop environment in what is probably the best-known Linux distribution around the world, but with that step they also say goodbye to a project that was as ambitious as complex. Not in vain nor the very Microsoft, with a similar concept with Windows 10, has managed to have the idea (at least, at the moment,) on mobile phones. As we saw in our analysis of the platform years ago, there was much to do both then and now.
For Mark Shuttleworth it was possible to develop a convergent platform with Free Software for both end users and for the company, but finally he had to recognize that it was not possible to reach that goal." In the [user] community our efforts have been seen as fragmentation, not as innovation. And the industry has not joined that possibility, taking instead a" better known bad "for those product formats, Said in that sad surrender this entrepreneur.
For Ubuntu now begins a new stage in which the focus will be completely on the cloud and on the internet of things. Ubuntu's growth in servers and infrastructure for the cloud is evident, and that's where the business is, something that Shuttleworth himself recognized.
It will be interesting to see how Ubuntu evolves now that it makes use of the desktop environment that it preferred to abandon a few years ago - there is a derived version of GNOME based on GNOME, although it has not been the main one in all this time, but surely With all the strengths of this distribution being refocused to these new goals.
What a pity, my readers. What a shame .