Will Google Android Eclipse Ubuntu Mobile?
The VAR Guy is pretty bullish on Ubuntu Linux, the operating system that is quickly leaping from PCs onto servers and mobile Internet devices. But he’s also starting to wonder if Google Android — rather than Ubuntu — will be the open source platform of choice for mobile Internet devices (MIDs).
Intel and Canonical (Ubuntu’s backer) have been working together for several months on MIDs. Our sister site, All About Ubuntu, speculates that Ubuntu-based MIDs will reach store shelves by the end of 2008 or early 2009.
On the flip side, bloggers and developers continue to hype Google Android, an open source platform designed to run on a multitude of smart phones. Even The VAR Guy has openly wondered if Android could become a runaway hit.
So, now The VAR Guy poses the question to you: Since numerous smart phone makers are lining up behind Android, is there enough room in the market for Ubuntu Linux to gain momentum on mobile Internet devices?