Microsoft Demo Linux Bash Terminal on Windows 10

At Build 2016, Microsoft showcased something almost unbelievable, the Linux Bash shell running natively on the Windows 10 operating system, using Ubuntu binaries. Kevin Gallo, director of the Windows Developer Platform ran the demonstration during the keynote he delivered at Microsoft’s developer conference. This functionality is born of a collaboration between the producers of Ubuntu Linux, Canonical, and Microsoft with the goal of allowing developers to make use of Linux-only tools even when working on Windows.

The Bash shell isn’t the only thing that is coming over to Windows 10 either, with a wide array of Linux GUI-less utilities also being made available to run on the bash terminal. According to Canonical’s Dustin Kirkland “most of the tens of thousands of binary packages available in the Ubuntu archives” will run, not only utilities like cp, find, grep, and ssh, but also aptitude, apache, MySQL, python, perl, ruby, php, gcc, tar and so on.” The whole thing works by translating the shell’s Linux system calls directly into Windows system calls in real time, which should yield impressive integration with the operating system.

Both Gallo and Kirkland see this move as strengthening the position of both of their platforms, with Gallo wanting to make Windows more accessible to developers while Kirkland sees it as extending the reach of Linux and Ubuntu, as well as the importance of open-source software over proprietary apps. The implications of this move by Microsoft could be quite extensive as the addition of the enormous array of open source software available on the Linux platform may, in fact, draw users away from using Windows-specific applications. However with the Microsoft Azure platform already making use of Linux and Microsoft SQL server, they may be starting to fully embrace the Linux OS and may just be a win for them in the end.

Ubuntu Phone with Desktop Capabilities on the Way

Parts of Ubuntu Edge, a Linux based smartphone operating system that failed in its crowdfunding effort two years ago, may be making a comeback in the form of a new device.

Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced the company has been working with an unnamed manufacturer to produce a new device that can work as both a smartphone and as a desktop computer, a core concept to the Edge handset.

The Edge showed the ability to operate as a smartphone running Ubuntu, though once docked and connected to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, it was able to operate as if it was a full blown computer, complete with the full Ubuntu desktop and applications. The idea was to allow the user to take their data with them wherever they go, and to access it from both of the device’s states.

In a pre-Ubuntu developer summit keynote video, available on youtube, Mark Shuttleworth commented about Microsoft’s own announcements concerning convergence. He welcomed Microsoft’s Continuum concept, and calls it a “wonderful validation” of ideas Canonical has worked on over the last few years. With Microsoft’s own system, it does provide users a larger desktop-style workspace and access to desktop-style universal apps, but does not appear to offer the Start menu, the keyboard and mouse controls.

He did not state when the device on the device will be launched, he just stated that it will be this year. The Edge used a multi-core processor, 4GB ram and 128GB of storage. However, it is unclear if the new device will contain these specs.

Thank you to Electronista for providing us with this information

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Stable Ubuntu 13.10 Available For Smartphones, Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus Included

Canonical has launched the newest iteration to their rapidly evolving and rapidly progressing Ubuntu OS. Last year, Canonical introduced Ubuntu for Android tablets and Smartphones, and later even attempted to make the first Ubuntu phone, the Edge, as well. Unfortunately, the crowd funding campaign for the latter failed, mainly due to the humongous target amount. If it were lesser, it would certainly have been more achievable.

Ubuntu 13.10 is the first stable version of the OS for Smartphones. Starting today, owners of the Google Nexus 4 can download the image of the mobile compatible OS and flash it on their phones by following the steps listed down on Canonical’s website. Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Google’s Nexus phone for 2011) is also supported by the latest release. Sadly, that’s the end of the rather short compatibility list. We’re hoping that Canonical will add more popular devices to their support list in the near future as it would greatly enhance the adoption rate of their platform.

For those who want to try it out, head over to the source link to download Ubuntu for phones right away. It is worth trying it out before you decide whether it is for you or not.

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Ubuntu Edge Falls Short of $32 Million Target, Still Pleased With Publicity

After the first few days of excitement died down no one really expected Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge smartphone to ever reach the $32 million target. Despite the efforts of everyone involved the IndieGoGo funding project made $12.8 million of its $32 million target making it the biggest crowd-funding project in history despite it falling well short of its target.

Canonical invested a serious amount of time and effort into the Ubuntu Edge project and it wasn’t enough to get the project off the ground. That said the Ubuntu Edge is far from finished, and while refunds are being issued for all backers, the actual project could and should still arrive to market next year in a similar form.

The aim of the project was obviously to get the Ubuntu Edge off the ground and into production and even though that didn’t happen Ubuntu have successfully put their mobile OS out there in the market and the Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group has signed up some of the biggest network carriers to the project.

From 2014 Canonical states that we will see Ubuntu phones emerge, whether they include the Ubuntu Edge or not is of course something that will be revealed nearer the time. You can read the full closing announcement right here.

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Canonical’s Founder Appeals To Potential Backers As Ubuntu Edge Struggles

Canonical’s founder, Mark Shuttleworth, has posted a personal update letter on the IndieGoGo campaign page appealing to potential backers to contribute to the scheme. Canonical started out with a mammoth expectation of raising $32 million but with 8 days left of the 1 month project, Canonical have raised only about $10 million of the $32 million total.

“In just over three weeks more than 20,000 people have backed the project, from individuals giving a single dollar right up to Bloomberg’s fantastic $80,000 contribution. Along the way we’ve broken crowdfunding records, including the fastest project to hit $2 million (7hrs 59mins), and the highest ever 24-hour total ($3.45 million). We’re now on the verge of an even bigger milestone as we approach the all-time crowdfunding record of $10.27 million.”

Despite the extreme likelihood that Canonical will fail to reach the $32 million target Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth says that the signal has already been sent out to the mobile industry to show them that there is demand for an Ubuntu smartphone.

“Whatever happens in the next nine days, the Ubuntu Edge is already making a difference. This campaign lets enthusiast consumers signal their interest to a mobile industry that caters overwhelmingly to the mainstream. It’s making it clear that we’re no longer satisfied with minor updates; we’re looking for true innovation and we’re ready to pay for it. And that message is getting through.”

You can keep track of the Ubuntu Edge project here. As of writing the project had $9,954,891 of the total $32,000,000 needed.

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Ubuntu Edge Will Not Be Bootloader Or Carrier Locked

The Ubuntu Edge smartphone will reportedly not have a locked bootloader or locked carrier network. That is according to the developers from Ubuntu for the Edge smartphone, on an AMA (ask me anything) session on Reddit. The Canonical IndieGoGo project page unfortunately omitted these two crucial pieces of information which led to confusion among some potential buyers.

Given the rather niche nature of the Ubuntu Edge smartphone it is crucial that Canonical offer the maximum flexibility and number of customisations to end users as possible. The feature should allow users to install as many mobile operating systems on the Ubuntu Edge as they want. This is going to be important for the kind of target market the Ubuntu Edge is aiming for.

The Ubuntu Edge has currently generated $9.5 million of its $32 million target and has around 11 days left to run before its deadline passes. Canonical recently chopped $80 off the asking price of the Ubuntu Edge in an effort to help reach the funding target.

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Canonical Drops Price Of Ubuntu Edge To $695

A few days ago we brought you the news that the Canonical project on IndieGoGo to raise $32 million for the Ubuntu Edge was running out of steam and in-danger of failing to meet its target as new backers had slowed dramatically. It appears Canonical have recognised the issue and have tried to address this by reducing the price of the new Ubuntu powered smartphone. Canonical decided to drop the price of the Ubuntu Edge fropm $775 to $695, an $80 drop, in order to help boost the project over at IndieGoGo.

Early bird buyers were able to pick up the new smartphone for just $600 but since they all sold out backers had been slow to pledge their money with the price at $775. Canonical has decided to remove all perks and offer just a single package for $695. They claim that:

“From now until the end of the campaign, we’re fixing the price of the Ubuntu Edge at $695! No limited quantities, no more price changes. You wanted a more affordable Edge, and now you’ve got it…Even better, since the campaign started breaking records on day one, we’ve been negotiating with several major component suppliers who are keen to see the Edge reach its goal and drive the adoption of new mobile technologies. This is one of the key benefits of keeping some of the core specifications open: as a result of these negotiations, we can now produce the same state-of-the-art device for less than we originally estimated.”

Canonical claim that Bloomberg LP have been one of the first companies to snap up the $80,000 Enterprise bundles and apparently there are many more companies looking to grab one of these bundles.

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Ubuntu Edge Funding Project Running Out Of Steam

Ubuntu’s Edge crowd-funding project got off to a flying start passing 10% of its target in just the first day alone. The Ubuntu Edge then took a week to add another 10%, to pass the 20% mark. Now about another week later, 2 weeks into the one month crowd-funding campaign, the Ubuntu Edge has only just “edged” past 25%. The Ubuntu Edge now looks in danger of not reaching its ambitious $32 million crowd funding target on IndieGoGo.

The project is on a fixed funding program which means the Ubuntu Edge will only get the go-ahead and the funding if all funding is raised by August 21st 2013 at 11:59pm PT. That means it has to generate another $23.8 million in the next 17 days to stay on track which is a huge ask. If the funding falls short then no funding is provided and the IndieGoGo project is cancelled. If the Ubuntu Edge could of partially sustained its day one growth of $3.2 million-per-day then it probably would have already reached its target by now.

Based on the current rate of decline the project will be lucky if it manages to raise 30-40% of the total funding by the time the deadline comes.

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Ubuntu Edge Passes 20% Crowd-Funding Milestone

Ubuntu’s new “Edge” smartphone got off to a flying start generating nearly $3.2 million in under a day of its Indiegogo campaign. Canonical’s new smartphone has now passed 22% of its funding target. Currently $7 million of the $32 million total has been generated in a few days.

In those few days the discounted versions of the phone have now vanished and now Canonical is trying to lure crowd-funders in with other perks such as limited edition phones. The campaign still has 24 days left to achieve another $25 million and it remains to be seen whether it can achieve such a milestone.

The Ubuntu Edge has the following specifications:

  • Dual boot Ubuntu mobile OS and Android
  • Fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC when docked
  • Fastest multi-core CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage
  • Micro-SIM
  • 4.5in 1,280 x 720 HD sapphire crystal display
  • 8mp low-light rear camera, 2mp front camera
  • Dual-LTE, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC
  • GPS, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer
  • Stereo speakers with HD audio, dual-mic recording, Active Noise Cancellation
  • 11-pin connector providing simultaneous MHL and USB OTG
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery
  • 64 x 9 x 124mm

For more information on the Ubuntu Edge project see the campaign page here.

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Ubuntu Edge Phone Raises $3.2m Funding In Less Than A Day

Building a smartphone and taking it to market is no easy task, although it does get a lot less complicated when you raise a huge pile of money to help you and Canonical has done just that, raising 10% of the total money it required to bring their new device to market.

The Ubuntu Edge smartphone took less than a day to raise $3.2 million and that number is quickly growing, it’s apparently not going to take very long for them to hit their $32 million crowdfunding campaign target if this pace continues.

Unlike other phones on the market, the Edge can be hooked directly to a PC monitor and used as a Linux PC thanks to its dual OS system that runs both Ubuntu and Android, backed up with  (at least) 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a multicore processor, a 4.5″ 720 display which is made from “pure Sapphire crystal”.

All the usual modern high end features will be there too, such as long life battery (that’s a lie, no smartphone has long battery life), dual 4G/LTE, 8MP camera on the back and a 2MP camera on the front.

“Upon completion, the Ubuntu Edge will be the realisation of Canonical’s distinctive vision for a single operating system driving phones, tablets, conventional computers and TVs,” the company said.

It’s certainly shaping up to be an interesting device, I hope it does complete its 30 day crowdfunding target in time as it would be great to get some new blood on the market as things are already getting a little repetitive.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.

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