Chris J Powell

Mozilla App Store, Ubuntu for Android and Adobe abandons Linux

Apple started a trend that is not likely to go away anytime soon.  Everybody and their Uncle seems to be rolling out an App Store and Mozilla (the builders of Firefox, Thunderbird and many more great web apps) has joined the trend.  The official opening will happen next week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Spain.

It is expected that the Mozilla Marketplace will be an integral part of the upcoming release of their new mobile OS – Boot to Gecko and according to the Mozilla Roadmap we can still expect B2G to be released in Q2 of this year.  The expectation for developers in this new realm of neutral “Web APIs” is that it will be a write once deploy everywhere offering (yes…build an app with Mozilla and deploy to iOS, Android, Windows Phone and desktops EVERYWHERE.

Another surprise announcement is the connection to a new BrowserID concept…it will allow a single sign on and is being touted as “the safest & easiest way to sign in”.  Not sure if going head to head with Google and Facebook is the best idea but you know  what…go big or go home!

Ubuntu for Android

Now this is interesting and is a great big ball of WINNING from the makers of my beloved Linux OS.  Canonical realized that trying to cram a full desktop environment onto a SmartPhone would be loads of fun but would yield very little return and would just muddy the water.  Instead they came up with a very unique way of bringing the shared kernel history and a full desktop experience to Smart Phones and potentially making full computing a very portable option indeed.

Pluggin the phone into a dock takes automatically launches Ubuntu for Android and extends out to a full size display and keyboard and mouse options.  This actually just justified the use case for making the jump over to a new Mobile Provider next week as they have a $0 dual core with full HDMI out capabilities and the best rates anywhere.  Imagine the implications for a mobile workforce no longer needing to be tied to a desktop or laptop and leveraging things like the 5 inch Samsung Galaxy Note and then extending that out to a full desktop experience when they get to the office. 

Adobe abandons Linux

There was hope (from me at least) that the relationship with Adobe would strengthen, that a CS6 would be released first to the Linux platform and ignite a new rennasance within the computing community.  It would appear that the beginning of a long goodbye is upon us.

Adobe announced their roadmap for the future and Linux is barely a blip.  In fact Adobe Flash 11.2 due out in Q1 2012 will be the last native version for Linux.  Fear not though my fellow Linux lovers…Flash is not completely dead all future access will be through the “Pepper” implementation that is supported by Google Chrome.

The writing was on the wall unfortunately as Adobe ended support of the 64-bit version of Flash back in 2010 and Adobe AIR also was killed off on the LInux Platform in June 2011.

I still keep my fingers crossed that soon there will be a commercial software package that will bring vim and vigor to the Linux Desktop and bring the wonders of Open Source to a deeper and more integrated community at large.

Well that is it for me…another busy day today.


Chris J Powell

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