One of Windows 10’s biggest selling points is that it’s (or will eventually become) a unified platform that works across different devices, ranging from computers, to smartphones, to smart televisions. Apparently, Canonical wants to do the same thing with Ubuntu, as the company just posted an image to its Google+ page claiming that a unified Ubuntu experience will be coming in the near future.
It seems Canonical – Ubuntu’s parent company – may achieve it its convergence goal in the new year. The move will allow you to get the same experience of Ubuntu whether on PC, tablet or phone. This will likely mean apps, too, will become cross-platform. The news came from Ubuntu’s Google+ page. It posted an image showing convergence on the Ubuntu platform (image above). The picture was accompanied with the following message: “The same Ubuntu experience across any device – coming soon”. There are two desktop releases of Ubuntu planned for 2016 – Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Long Term Support) and Ubuntu 16.10. With LTS releases, Canonical likes to keep the releases stable enough for deployment in an enterprise environment. Unity 8 – the desktop environment that will allow for convergence – has not been used as the default desktop environment on any prior Ubuntu for desktop releases. Therefore, it may not be stable enough to be used as the default in the LTS release, but it will definitely be an option for more advanced users to pick on the login screen.