What is Ubuntu going to announce today at 1pm ET?

From: Lynn Dixon 
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Check out their webpage:

www.ubuntu.com

There is a countdown timer that is slated to end at 1pm ET today.  I am
speculating some sort of Ubuntu branded touch / tablet device.

Whats your speculation?

=============================================================== From: William Wade ------------------------------------------------------ Ubuntu is going to be abandoning the Linux kernel in favor of the GNU Hurd kernel!

=============================================================== From: Sean Brewer ------------------------------------------------------ Probably a release of their ubuntu/android hybrid: http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/android">http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/android

=============================================================== From: William Wade ------------------------------------------------------ Or perhaps a Microsoft purchase (Canonical buying MS of course)!

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Canonical has been purchased in its entirety by Google, and Ubuntu will become the replacement for ChromeOS. It will still be called Ubuntu, since Google doesn't rename the companies they buy, but it will be branded as Google Ubuntu - or Gubuntu for short. Chromebooks will be renamed Ubuks (pronounced You-Books) and of course all the Google Apps (Gmail, Chrome, YouTube, Google Drive, etc.) will be included, and Ubuntu Software Center will be replaced with Google Play for Ubuks. *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: Erik Hanson ------------------------------------------------------ It's a Jono Bacon Bobblehead http://socloseyoucanalmostbobbleit.com/

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ Well, looks like Sean nailed it. They announced their "phone" variant. Not sure how I feel about this.

=============================================================== From: "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" ------------------------------------------------------ A new generation of fanboys! :P " ' With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.' Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie as wisdom and warning... The first time any man's freedom is trodden on we=E2=80=99re all damaged." - Jean-Luc Picard, quoting Judge Aaron Satie, Star Trek: TNG episode "The Drumhead" - Alex Smith (K4RNT) - Dulles Technology Corridor (Chantilly/Ashburn/Dulles), Virginia USA

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ I have a new banner on my screen giving the details on the phone version. Did you force a refresh (ctrl + f5) counter and nothing about anything. http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/01/ubuntu-phone-os-unveiled-by-canonical wrote: will become the replacement for ChromeOS. It will still be called Ubuntu, since Google doesn't rename the companies they buy, but it will be branded as Google Ubuntu - or Gubuntu for short. Chromebooks will be renamed Ubuks (pronounced You-Books) and of course all the Google Apps (Gmail, Chrome, YouTube, Google Drive, etc.) will be included, and Ubuntu Software Center will be replaced with Google Play for Ubuks.

=============================================================== From: William Wade ------------------------------------------------------ I did. http://www.ubuntu.com/ Getting nothing...

=============================================================== From: William Wade ------------------------------------------------------ Perhaps they did, but right now they just have a website with a 00:00:00 counter and nothing about anything. At least have something flip up when the time hits. Anyway... http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/01/ubuntu-phone-os-unveiled-by-canonical

=============================================================== From: William Wade ------------------------------------------------------ Perhaps a west coast server is not updating...

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ Hmm.. The site is slow as hell, but here is a video they were showing on their main site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpWHJDLsqTU And here is the URL that clicking on the banner took me to: http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/phone Maybe that will help

=============================================================== From: William Wade ------------------------------------------------------ It's up now. Quite the lag for out here in Silicon Valley.

=============================================================== From: William Wade ------------------------------------------------------ Interesting. The appearance of the Gimp icon in the phone was what interested me the most. I don't like voice commands, but perhaps... I am more bullish on Firefox OS, and Jolla than this, but the more the merrier!

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Jolla maybe - Firefox OS is not going to do anything - the whole idea of "Browser-as-OS" was interesting, but stupid, when Google announced it in 2009. It did not work for Chrome, it won't work for FireFox. Chromebooks would be awesome if they costs like $50 - charging the same amount for a Chromebook as you do for a full-desktop-replacement laptop is pointless. It's just like netbooks that cost $300. What is the draw? I do like Ubuntu on the phone. I have some Debian stuff installed on my N900. I think they have the chops to do something - I don't think it will be a third contender, or even really get tot he Windows Phone / Blackberry level, but it will be a fun Geek toy. I've always wanted one OS to rule them all... *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: Mike Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ On my Christmas trip w/Nancy. I used my N900 to SSH into another server, edit a text file on that server via shell, run a command and keep 400 people's power turned on in another country. Doing while Nancy is oowing and aaawing while watching a Giraffe while we eat dinner saves my life. (We were at Disney, not in Africa) ConnectBot and the other Android SSH apps work, but having a real shell on the phone, with ssh/scp with full options (ports, etc..) is better. Yeah, I want a real, full, Linux based phone. I hadn't watched the whole Ubuntu video yet (I got interrupted), but sign me up. Soon. Jolla, Ubuntu.. I'm really not that picky, because my well travelled N900 (Been around the world a few times, literally) is showing it's age. Otherwise I'll have to buy an SIII or other Android phone. Jolla's claiming the ability to run Android apps.. Might be a plus. Funny part is, I don't think most people should care what their phone runs, as long as it works for them...