The Ubuntu operating system has been customized to run on smartphones.The Linux-based software will permit users to run desktop apps on their handsets, allowing them to double for PCs when docked to monitors. The code will firstly be released as a file which can be installed on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus phone, replacing Android. Some analysts question whether consumers really want the power of a fully fledged processor on their phone.
Ubuntu is the most accepted operating system to be based on the Linux kernel the code that lets software and hardware work together. The firm makes money back by offering support and training and also plans to take a share of sales from online marketplaces offered by handset makers who accept its software. Developers will be urged to adapt their apps' interfaces to look dissimilar when running on a phone's screen while offering the same core functionality.