Ubuntu in 2013

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

This is a time of year to ponder what matters most and choose what we’ll focus on in the year to come. Each of us has our own priorities and perspective, so your goals may be very different to mine. Nevertheless, for everyone in the Ubuntu project, here’s what I’ll be working towards in the coming year, and why.

First, what matters most?

It matters that we not exclude people from our audience. From the artist making scenes for the next blockbuster, to the person who needs a safe way to surf the web once a day, it’s important to me, and to the wider Ubuntu community, the people be able to derive some benefit from our efforts. Some of that benefit might be oblique – when someone prefers XFCE to Unity, they are still benefiting from enormous efforts by hundreds of people to make the core Ubuntu platform, as well as the Xubuntu team’s unique flourish. Even in the rare case where the gift is received ungraciously, the joy is in the giving, and it matters that our efforts paid dividends for others.

In this sense, it matters most that we bring the benefits of free software to an audience which would not previously have had the confidence to be different. If you’ve been arguing over software licenses for the best part of 15 years then you would probably be fine with whatever came before Ubuntu. And perhaps the thing you really need is the ability to share your insights and experience with all the people in your life who wouldn’t previously have been able to relate to the things you care about. So we have that interest in common.

It matters that we make a platform which can be USED by anybody. That’s why we’ve invested so much into research and thinking about how people use their software, what kinds of tools they need handy access to, and what the future looks like. We know that there are plenty of smart people who’s needs are well served by what existed in the past. We continue to maintain older versions of Ubuntu so that they can enjoy those tools on a stable platform. But we want to shape the future, which means exploring territory that is unfamiliar, uncertain and easy to criticise. And in this regard, we know, scientifically, that Ubuntu with Unity is better than anything else out there. That’s not to diminish the works of others, or the opinions of those that prefer something else, it’s to celebrate that the world of free software now has a face that will be friendly to anybody you care to recommend it.

It also matters that we be relevant for the kinds of computing that people want to do every day.

That’s why Unity in 2013 will be all about mobile – bringing Ubuntu to phones and tablets. Shaping Unity to provide the things we’ve learned are most important across all form factors, beautifully. Broadening the Ubuntu community to include mobile developers who need new tools and frameworks to create mobile software. Defining new form factors that enable new kinds of work and play altogether. Bringing clearly into focus the driving forces that have shaped our new desktop into one facet of a bigger gem.

It’s also why we’ll push deeper into the cloud, making it even easier, faster and cost effective to scale out modern infrastructure on the cloud of your choice, or create clouds for your own consumption and commerce. Whether you’re building out a big data cluster or a super-scaled storage solution, you’ll get it done faster on Ubuntu than any other platform, thanks to the amazing work of our cloud community. Whatever your UI of choice, having the same core tools and libraries from your phone to your desktop to your server and your cloud instances makes life infinitely easier. Consider it a gift from all of us at Ubuntu.

There will always be things that we differ on between ourselves, and those who want to define themselves by their differences to us on particular points. We can’t help them every time, or convince them of our integrity when it doesn’t suit their world view. What we can do is step back and look at that backdrop: the biggest community in free software, totally global, diverse in their needs and interests, but united in a desire to make it possible for anybody to get a high quality computing experience that is first class in every sense. Wow. Thank you. That’s why I’ll devote most of my time and energy to bringing that vision to fruition. Here’s to a great 2013.

51 Responses to “Ubuntu in 2013”

  1. Omer Akram Says:

    Really looking forward to 2013 in Ubuntu. Especially Unity on different form factors.

  2. bastpt Says:

    All the Best Ubuntu team! Looking forward to see wonderful Ubuntu world on 2013!
    Happy New Year wishes from India!

  3. Jo-Erlend Schinstad Says:

    «But we want to shape the future, which means exploring territory that is unfamiliar, uncertain and easy to criticise.»

    Yes, please do that! Explore and test ideas and see what works. This is the way to learn. But please do so _between_ LTS versions and don’t promote the non-LTS versions to the newbies. High-pace innovation requires that users pay close attention. This cannot be expected from most LTS users, but if non-LTS versions are properly communicated, it can be expected by those people. That also means support length of non-LTS could be shortened, possibly to the benefit of LTS backports.

    On Ubuntu.com, I really wish the most recent LTS version would be emphasized and that the non-LTS would be promoted as the dev/enthusiast/experimental version.

  4. Benjamin Goering Says:

    I’m really looking forward to what’s coming from Ubuntu in 2013. Good luck guys!

  5. iveand Says:

    Mark and others, I continue to be fully supportive of Ubuntu and the tremendous efforts that have gone into what we have available today thanks to your work.

    However, there are 2 critical things that have prevented me from using Ubuntu Unity as the preferred DE I introduce others to Linux with (my context is in NE Africa working with many unfamiliar with computers).

    1. No “good browse-able installed software” list (categories really help here!). Yes, can turn on filtering in dash, but there are many use-cases where this is a poor substitute for a hierarchical menu. My users aren’t good typists (in any language) so typing to find in the dash doesn’t work, and discoverability of installed applications remains very low in my observance (now more than 40 users). “Cardapio” is one add-on option, but need to hack around a bit (icon choice, etc) to make it usable. Seems a core requirement to have discoverability in place from the beginning.

    2. Key BUGS (guessing mainly compiz related??) such as some quirks in alt-tab behavior, LibreOffice icons not working right in the launcher, window “jumping” after toggling in and out of them (so the close button is hidden on no-maximized windows, for example), general slowness compared to other DEs, etc.

    So, I am looking forward to Ubuntu in other form factors, but I would really encourage “getting the vision completed” on the desktop. Lack of discoverability and key bugs are preventing me from being able to promote Unity to other beginners.

    So much is so good, but these areas really need addressing for many (I am guessing I am not the only one) to spread Ubuntu / Unity.

  6. Sam Spilsbury Says:

    iveand, the slowness is a performance bottleneck caused by our usage of opengl, and a hole in the opengl specification that until recently meant the only way to get perfect frames without tearing meant a slowdown that scaled linearly with resolution changes. A specification for a new extension is out (_EXT_buffer_age), which the NVIDIA driver is supporting, may be supported by the mesa drivers soonish and which my compiz branch can take advantage of already. In my tests I’ve found that I’ve increased frame throughput twofold on most applications, and the desktop is snappy in almost every case. The code is thoroughly unit-tested at this point, and I’ve been running it for about two weeks without any problems.

    Unfortunately, I’ve found the patch submission process for Unity and Compiz to be quite resource-limited (in the fact that there are a limited number who can accept patches and do reviews) and they are often overworked, so these patches may not make it into 13.04.

  7. Andy Says:

    Ubuntu on servers, desktops, and mobile devices. That is a lot of ground to cover. Can Ubuntu best at everything? I’d rather Ubuntu be best in a few areas, rather than second-best in lots of areas.

    Thanks for Ubuntu – it is critical to my work and I use it every day.

  8. israel Says:

    It is really fortunate that we have choice. On my old slow computer, I can install LXDE so it runs fast. On my new computer I can run Unity so finding apps is easier and quicker, I don’t have to remember if Netflix is an internet app or a video app 🙂 And if I don’t like something I can change it. I can fix a bug and merge a branch. I can branch something I like and maintain it myself if I want to. On a propreitary OS, I am pretty well stuck in the Desktop Environment. There is no single sudo apt-get install *buntu-desktop command to install an entire other user interface. It is very important for the community to be thankful for being allowed to have freedom. I can install Cinnamon or MATE if I really didn’t like Xfce4 and wanted the retro Gnome experience. There is no reason to complain. If I don’t like something it is a simple sudo apt-get purge away.

  9. Indian_Art Says:

    Wishing Mark & team Ubuntu the very best of 2013!

    Liked your vision Mark & as a person who has personally benefited so much from Ubuntu, I am looking forward to seeing Ubuntu on more devices.

    These plans for Ubuntu sound exciting.

  10. albinard Says:

    It has taken some time for me to accept the fact that the touch-ready desktop (whether Unity, Gnome 3, or even Windows 8) has become the desktop du jour all across the computing spectrum. There is no denying that hand-held equipment is the driver in this, and my desktop machines are just useful, well-loved antiques. The real advantage of Ubuntu to me is that I can use the fundamental power of the OS with any desktop I want: I have set up one machine to offer a choice at login of Gnome 2D, Openbox, LXDE, Xfce, or Unity (there are a few more, but I use Xfce almost all the time and I can’t recall them all). I suspect that the non-Unity desktop will live on in enterprise, scientific, and written-word usage as long as desktop boxes are sold, but never again will it be the focus of the digital world.

  11. raj Says:

    Hi, ubuntu is very good. After 12.04 there is very little to complain. Haven’t upgraded to 12.10 because 12.04 reminds me of 8.04, 10.04. As you have talked in past about some color change, may be in icon and default color. You even indicated something in the range of blue. I definitely think blue is the color to go. Some icons and how the window bar looks are trademark for any Desktop. I find black very suitable to me, but have found new user always switch to radiance theme. I think Ubuntu should be more appealing for all, and we should go for a more universal and a more pleasant presentation, while not removing the basics of how unity looks.

  12. Eugene Says:

    I require to prolong support for 10.04 LTS from April 2013 to 2015.
    Or make choice in default common installation wizard – true gnome environment.

  13. Tim Says:

    Yesterday, after evangelizing Ubuntu for years and running Ubuntu on my parents desktop since 2009, I finally “relieved” them by giving them Windows 7 as a gift.

    For years I had the hope that every Ubuntu release would get better than the previous edition. That the vision of Canonical aligned with my vision of openness and where user rights are put central. I took the fact that some proprietary things didn’t work for granted and thought we could fight it best by adding weight to the open source movement and use open source software while demanding open codecs, standards etc.

    I praised Unity, and really think this is a bold and strong move in the right direction that has to be taken in order to realize the ambitious goals Ubuntu has set for the open desktop.

    Harder it was to cope with software that used to work, but broke in a new release. E.g. it’s really frustrating if your webcam always worked with Skype but suddenly after an upgrade it doesn’t (and release after release, a year later, it still isn’t fixed), or if you can’t do simple things like red eye removal, because the new version of the software you are using is broken. My parents often encountered these seemingly little problems that completely put a halt on the things they wanted and were used to do. Regressions are much more irritating than bugs in new sofware.

    Since the news of sending search terms to Amazon by default I’m through with it. No longer do I feel Canonical puts my rights and liberties as a user central. No longer can I pull energy from the hope that the next release will be better. We don’t move in the same direction anymore.

    Ubuntu, I hope someday we meet again.

  14. Jack Says:

    I totally agree with your sentiment, although I’m certainly one of those people whose preferences ‘differ’ from what Ubuntu offers by default. I don’t pretend for a second that Unity isn’t a high quality, friendly, efficient user experience. I’m glad that Ubuntu has always taken the support of alternative interfaces seriously, though, and that it’s getting better in the near future (GNOME Remix).

    I’m excited that Ubuntu’s out there unifying Linux, especially as the mobile UI efforts materialize, since fans of open source software have wanted a unified experience across these platforms since it began. It’s important that this work continues despite any minor disagreements people have over Ubuntu’s direction.

    I’m grateful for what Ubuntu has done for Linux, and I think it’s useless to deny the impact this community has made, no matter what distro or DE you use.

  15. Ralph Says:

    Thank you for your efforts. I don’t find Unity to be a usable desktop, and I really tried. The Ubuntu infrastructure and your support for other desktop environments has kept me with Ubuntu and kept me recommending it to others. I hope your 2013 is a productive and happy year.
    Happy Boxing Day

  16. ömer Says:

    Be quick please

  17. eggdeng Says:

    And in this regard, we know, scientifically, that Ubuntu with Unity is better than anything else out there.


  18. Jasna Benčić Says:

    2012 year was quite awesome for FLOSS world.

    To the great and even better 2013 FLOSS year.

    All the best to Ubuntu/Canonical team.

    Cheers Mark,


  19. Arthur Says:

    Mark, thanks for all you do. I am definitely along for the ride in 2013 and beyond. I hope to see Ubuntu on phones and tablets as a full-fledged OS and not just alongside Android. Best of luck to everyone in the community making it happen!

  20. Bo Dang Ren Says:

    Thank you for continuing to push forward. I look forward to what’s possible on mobile.

  21. Sergei Sergejev Says:

    I plus Jo-Erlend Schinstad and iveand.
    I use ubuntu starting from 5.10 and Unity was a disaster to me and folks I support. Until 12.04 Unity was to Ubuntu what Vista was for Windows. Luckily I was able to stick with 10.10. But to many it’s really hard to stick to LTS since Kernel and drivers get outdated quickly.

    I like the Unity dock, it enables fast access, but Dash is still flawed. Discoverability is bad – visual navigation is inconvenient, searching for applications in translated setups (Russian, Estonian) is hard – simple things (eg text editor) often have some weird names and you need to know exact command/app name. You need to know quite some beforehand before using Unity/Dash.

    Would be great to see speed, configurability (eg custom launchers on Unity Panel) and discoverability improvements in 2013. Until then I’m writing this from quite limited, but speedy and beautiful ElementaryOS and probably installing Linux Mint tomorrow. They run on Ubuntu backbone and installing Skype and Dropbox is easy. But rising popularity could move them to Debian or own project tree turning Ubuntu less important in Linux world.

    Thank you and have a great a year!

  22. Ants Says:

    Mark, you’re a good guy and Canonical is truly a company you can be proud of. I kid you not, Ubuntu is the reason why I am now studying Computer Science as it’s my dream to one day work for Canonical and with the rest of the Ubuntu community to help the operating system to continue to get better and better. Merry Christmas and happy new year, mate.

  23. phonics Says:

    First of all i wish all the best to Canonical and Ubuntu.

    I would like to point out some observations i gathered over 2 years of trying to use linux/ubuntu.
    I arrived at the point i am about to revert back all my stuff to windows since linux/distributions are not capable to deliver sane user experience and only capable company to doing so – Canonical – does not care about that. I was expecting basic tools to be present e.g. variation on computer management (mmc) from windows from where i can administer my computer efficient way. Also file management, fs handling and disk management on higher level than win 3.11. To be honest fact that system settings tools came from some loose 3rd parties and millions OS users have to rely on it is out of my comprehension. Also access my files over local network is almost impossible in any sane manner. Not to mention that applications that essentially need to be able working over local network (audio/video players etc) can not do so. Just try to import some remote music folder into ANY audio player. No you can’t. On server side i can accept retarded gui for apps what with bit of a will can be acceptable since it is not needed so often but on desktop it is essential. I need to get shit done, not to tinker with my DE in order to be able to and yet in very limited fashion afterwards in comparison to windows. Since i need to be able really manage my computer fast easy and intuitively not to spend weeks to setup some shit, after 2 years searching and trying i am done. Linux on desktop is very very bad joke for me. For common users with low demand it maybe can do. However i need to have my whole system two clicks off my hand as i have in windows. Don’t get me wrong i am fan of foss and linux and i see bright future for it but it did not deliver for me on desktop. For picture to be complete i am a win admin with thousands of win2k/2k3/2k8 servers to take care of. I run on all my personal servers linux and i am good with it but on workstation is linux nothing more that continuous frustration. Maybe in next 10 years it will start closing on winXP… (which will not since canonical took shortcut to market with sort of working product what i can understand from a point of view).

    At least do something with that gtk stuff so all applications don’t look so huge and simpletonish. Huge buttons, huge margins, huge everything. It is just waste of space and it looks ugly and somewhat teletubies wise. Also set at least some rules what application MUST comply with in order to work with ubuntu and deny all that retarded imbecilic wannabe software out there so ubuntu does not feel like it is done by someone in garage (not that i consider default apps to be exactly showoff material).

    Sorry for my frustrated post but it is how i and other windows users i know of usually feels about it.

    So long and thanx for all the fish.

  24. ngiam tong boon Says:

    Will there be a product on sale that features ubuntu for android at the end of 2013 or will you still be working towards it? I want to know if i should hold off on buying a new handset.

  25. Arup Says:

    Ubuntu and Unity is heading on the right path, it is now a viable, deployable and excellent alternative to commercial offerings like Mac and Windows and is far more multi faceted. The brave decisions and directions taken by Canonical under the leadership of Shuttleworth is paying off and will bring in dividends. What worries me is the Free Software Nazis who are best IGNORED.

  26. 1roxtar Says:

    It’s awesome to have such a great leader and visionary for Linux. Ever since I found out about Ubuntu (during 8.10) and Linux, in general, I feel in control of my computing destiny. Unity is a beautiful, powerful and usable desktop. I can’t wait to have Ubuntu on all my computing devices…and TV. Keep up the great work and thank you, Mark.

  27. Arioch Says:

    Ubuntu changed my mind, my life and my heart back in Dapper Drake.
    I cannot conceive my life without Ubuntu now.

    Inspiring and insightful.

    All the best for 2013. Looking forward to more Ubuntu goodness.

  28. GMB Says:

    Hello Mark from a fellow South African.

    Thank you, great job on the OS.

    Please, don’t be obstinate. It would be the easiest thing in the world to add some kind of app browser button to the HUD. Just do it.

    Assuming you are not the evil people Richard Stallman says you are, allay all privacy concerns immediately.

    Thanks a lot!

  29. Simon Says:

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for all the fantastic work you have done in brining Linux to a wider audience, a number of my family enjoy using it as their desktop OS now and I have been a user since 5.10 (I think!)

    Hope you have an encouraging 2013, I’m looking forward to seeing what you guys cook up.

    : )

  30. Klaus Says:

    I look forward seeing Ubuntu on my Android-phone. Hope I can install it 2013 🙂 Best wishes to Mark and the developer-Team!

  31. Michelle Knight Says:

    Dear Mr Shuttleworth,

    For what it is worth, I really loved the days when there was one version for the desktop and a “netbook remix” for the netbooks with smaller screens; pre-unity of course.

    I really don’t think that coming up with one install for all devices is working. Every one of my friends that see Unity, prefer a gnome desktop. Going forward is one thing, but to the cost of others?

    Please consider bringing back different desktop installation candidates; there are long standing bugs with putting the gnome-shell on top of Unity; yes I know that the screen saving/power thing might eventually get sorted out; but even venturing in to the future needs a solid foundation on which people can base their trust. At the moment I’m having to band-aid installations to get people the desktop they prefer working with … otherwise they’d go straight back to XP.

    I am looking forward to Ubuntu TV and Ubuntu on mobile phones; they have the potential to offer much more than android. I would also be grateful for the ability, on the donation screen, to allow people to select a negative feature for things that they think Canonical should be abandoning … such as Unity.

    Oh, and as a small time donator, I really feel offended by the brief flash of a skull and lightning, with connotations of a pirate, when I get another download ISO without donating again. Please sort that out.

  32. komarios Says:

    I would love to see ubuntu on android tablets.
    I feel android is not using tablets to their full potential, as ubuntu would.

  33. manny Says:

    I second Ubuntu-TV and ubuntu on Arm, specially mobile and on those new mini Android computers that turn your HD TV into a smart TV, like the Rikomagic Mk802III.

    I think that’s were ubuntu-TV has great potential.

    Thanks, Mark and the ubuntu team for a great 2012 (and also that the world didn’t end :)) and now to an even awesomer 2013 !!

  34. Jesper Says:

    I agree with @iveand above about getting the desktop experience completed. If I have Ubuntu on the phone, it would be to use the phone as a portable desktop device replacing my laptop/desktop pc (connecting the phone to +24″ touch screen and real keyboard whenever possible). But I guess that might be what you are actually saying already?

    We’ve had the pleasure of installing Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10 on a couple of inexpensive Dell 2310 all-in-one touch screen pc’s. 12.04 plainly just didn’t work, and 12.10 support is very rudimentary. It is almost impossible to launch a link from the desktop area in Unity, and it’s not really a touch friendly experience at all with the mouse marker showing up where you touch instead of a meaningful touch response. I was baffled to experience that the touch-friendly-looking Unity interface, wasn’t at all behaving touch friendly.

    All signs are on that 2013 will be the year of the touch screen desktop PC, as prices for large touchscreens are now equal to screens without touch. Plus, beyond all belief, Windows 8 works tremendously with touch. The MS application overview experience (searching installed programmes) seems almost to be a rip of the Unity launcher, only with the significant improvement that they use the whole screen for it – which makes it easy to focus. Competition is getting tough!

    All the best for the new year, I love what you have done with Ubuntu/Unity so far, and hope you succeed in making the Ubuntu experience great on touch devices as well.

  35. keithpeter Says:

    @Michelle Knight

    “For what it is worth, I really loved the days when there was one version for the desktop and a “netbook remix” for the netbooks with smaller screens; pre-unity of course.”

    OK, try Xubuntu for desktop, and stick with Unity for the netbooks.

    Although, being odd, I prefer it the other way round. I find Unity ace on a 1080p monitor but resent the loss of width on 1024 by 600.

    A couple of generations from now we’ll have 10s of megapixels on displays anyway. I shall continue to ride the roller-coaster, but with a careful eye on any low branches…

  36. Marian Says:

    For 2012: Well done Mark! I am very happy about your strategy for 2013 and also want to thank you for Ubuntu – as every year 😉
    Why I am happy about this strategy? I want to found a startup where my product runs on multi-platforms but the recommended platform should be Ubuntu (for best user experience and full system/feature-support). I need a high scalable, device independent and customizable OS, and Ubuntu fits best! The design of the backend is now in process. Later I have to look for the frontend and (Ubuntu-)Unity looks worth enough to evaluate and may choose.
    And I don’t think that I am the only one which sees the advantages of Ubuntu in the IT-Business. To build on Ubuntu could/should be a win-win situation for both (the relevance of Ubuntu increases).

  37. Aleve Sicofante Says:

    I’m appalled to see ever growing fancy new items while the package manager is never addressed. As it stands today, the Software Center becomes obsolete just a few weeks after each release. Installing a new app actually means going to Launchpad and hunt for a PPA, unless you want to be stuck on pretty old releases. Since LTS are the only ones I recommend and use, I might as well remove the software centre completely and ask my customers to use Synaptic and/or Y-PPA alone. But not even that will help. Current 12.04 users are stuck at an old LibreOffice version (no, not that weird obscure little game only two guys on Earth love to play: I’m talking about LibreOffice, the second most used application in Ubuntu). Not even the LibreOffice PPAs will help 12.04 users. Ain’t that wonderful?

    How serious is a company that keeps polishing the looks and fanciness of their product while forgetting about such basic things? So you will be able to run Ubuntu on a tablet, right? Except you’ll be forced to upgrade your whole OS every six months if you want to keep up with the pace of ever-updating apps.

    If you thought desktop apps update too frequently, just wait and see how that goes in the mobile world. Good luck…

    Appalling, as I said.

  38. Frederico Araújo Mendes Says:

    Unity is in the right direction. Over many improvements need to be made.

    – Why do we have a unit so confused with more than 88 applications? Why only in alphabetical order? The way things are is a mess.

    Why the unit remembers the last search on my dash? Should forget, would be less a click to have to clean!

    – Why do we have categories of applications without apps? And why are they cumulative? If you want multimedia applications, and then want to solve office applications. I would not want more the result of multimedia applications.

    – Why have suggestions for new apps to install if I do not want to install any application? I’ll install a new application every day?

    – Why do I have to give five clicks and move the mouse several times to see my installed apps?

    – Why do not I have a basic tutorial video showing how the Unity and do basic tasks like how to connect a wifi network?

    – Why am I required to have results from Amazon on my desktop if I do not want to buy anything! Why not ask me if I wanted to install this feature? My parents do not have Amazon!

    – Why I can not move the position of the launcher? And if I go blind in his left eye, and prefer the launcher on the right side!

    Why can not I choose the size of icons, their position, hide or not shortcut aplication, among other options.
    Why do I have so few options for customization of Unity?
    I have a Dell laptop 5 years Intel ® Core ™ 2 Duo CPU T5670@1.80GHz × 2 with Mobile GM965, and the unit is slow! Why is that?

    Why shortcuts lens and your options are not near the shortcut Unity in the upper left? Thus the mouse would go less screen space.

    Why am I in your china, to make ubuntu dowload the Chinese language does not come in? If I’m in Germany, the language system is not in German, and so on. The geolocation feature is simple. Why I’m Brazilian, I have to download the package liguagem for Firefox, LibreOffice, if I downloaded the ISO on a server Brazil. Why not give me the ISO in my language?

    There are other things, these are the most major. Ubuntu has everything to be the best system. Use it. Ubuntu 12.10, more for him to be the very best missing.

  39. Links 28/12/2012: Enlightenment 0.17, Qt 5.0 | Techrights Says:

    […] Ubuntu in 2013 There will always be things that we differ on between ourselves, and those who want to define themselves by their differences to us on particular points. We can’t help them every time, or convince them of our integrity when it doesn’t suit their world view. What we can do is step back and look at that backdrop: the biggest community in free software, totally global, diverse in their needs and interests, but united in a desire to make it possible for anybody to get a high quality computing experience that is first class in every sense. Wow. Thank you. That’s why I’ll devote most of my time and energy to bringing that vision to fruition. Here’s to a great 2013. […]

  40. Ryan Says:

    @Jo-Erlend Schinstad

    Why does Ubuntu seem to attract so many precocious Aspergers syndrome kids?

  41. blabla Says:

    Thank you for everything, but IMHO you made a great mistake putting your main distro Ubuntu in the shoulders of the Gnome/GTK mess. Good luck with that.

  42. adam a Says:

    Ive just moved to ubuntu as my primary OS – have seen a couple of bugs but on the whole it looks great and im really impressed with the experience. Viva!

  43. christian Says:

    For the last almost 2 years I have had a vision of scrapping my laptop and using a “smartphone” for all my computing needs. It is happing now and thats great. Soon I will only own a smartphone. miracast, bluetooth and ubuntu for android makes it all possible. PLEASE…a little attention is needed from software companies, why does SAAS solutions take so long time to be developed, alot of companies will miss the train if they dont hurry. Perhaps a developer will not drop their laptop anytime soon, BUT the normal user will! and that is most of users 🙂 Still dont understand win8 (DOA) RIP.

    I wish you luck.

  44. christian Says:

    Watch this video, and imagine the screen is projected with miracast to a monitor (could be a DUMB tablet). Thats is the close future of computers.

    I rest my case.

  45. John Wells Says:

    Reading through your blog comments, it’s amazing how many people manage to talk in superlatives and hyperbole about minor points of disagreement in Ubuntu or your vision.

    I’m not going to join the chorus. Merry Christmas and happy new year Mark. And thank you for Ubuntu. I’ve been using it constantly since Dapper, when I was new to Linux.. and despite a number of pain points, I continue to happily use it.

    All Unity needs now is a final bit of polish. The pain points do get addressed in each release, but new ones seem to be introduced. Minor things like GIMP windows disappearing and “show desktop” launchers not staying put. I need these to work. But again, these are minor… overall things do improve each release, and I am happy for that.

    Thank you!

  46. Jorge Morais Says:

    Thank you Mark, for giving us Ubuntu.

  47. Ole Mose Says:

    I love what you and the people behind Ubuntu are doing Mark. I use solely Ubuntu on my 3 computers. 2 of them installed with Unity as GUI, one with KDE.
    The future looks bright for Linux. More gaming is transfered to the platform, so one day my children also will be able to use Ubuntu.
    Every day when i open my computer i send warm thoughts to all the people that are active in creating and developing Ubuntu.

    Happy new Year to you and every body else, who are dedicated to Ubuntu and Open/Free software.

  48. Don Hardaway Says:

    This is another case where the most obvious issues are being ignored. Trying to compete with Android is a waste of time and money. What Canonical should do is develop a open source cloud office suite since Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 will never be open sourced most likely. Companies do not have a good option with regard to hosting their own cloud office suite. Zoho may be the best option but still it is not open source.

  49. Michelle Knight Says:

    @Don Hardaway – I’m interested in why people are using cloud office suites. As I’m one of those people who are on the move every now and then, and also on the end of a rural broadband (cough) connection, anything in the cloud can’t be time critical (Ubuntu One is a great service for me) but having read about the low take up figures of Office 365 and Google Apps (except by the odd corporation) I wonder what benefits it brings?

    If it comes to direction of effort, I believe an instructional video series would really help people; I’m talking about something that manufacturers can put in with their pre-built Linux laptops so that those people brave enough to order a Linux machine don’t end up feeling lost, then returning it for a Windows unit instead. And then publicising the heck out of it. That would build user share and then make Ubuntu more attractive to commercial developers, advertisers, etc. and allow access to some of the money which might stop the necessity for these Amazon search tie ups.

  50. Don Hardaway Says:

    @Michelle Knight–I have MBA students that work at major companies in my city. I have been having them (for several years now) test Google Apps by reproducing their corporate work that they had already created in MS Office. The vast majority (over 80%) can do so without any problems and Google Apps cost is a fraction of what MS charges. There is now offline ability with Google Apps that takes care of those times where the Internet is not available. It could save companies tons of money and the only reason more companies have not gotten rid of MS Office is that they are complacent and/or lazy or risk adverse. These are not good leadership qualities as evidenced by General Motors going bankrupt due to complacency. Companies are in the habit of just continuing what they have been doing for years instead of staying current. That is the main reason companies have not adopted Ubuntu in mass.