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Ubuntu zur CES: Linux kommt aufs Smartphone

Es ist offen, es ist beliebt und läuft bald auch auf Smartphones: Das Linux-Betriebssystem Ubuntu soll nach Plänen des Entwicklers Canonical Anfang 2014 auf mobilen Geräten zum Einsatz kommen. Doch schon vorher wird es eine Zwischenlösung geben. Bei „Ubuntu for Android“ kommt das Betriebssystem nicht vorinstalliert, sondern als Aufsatz der Google-Lösung Android zum Einsatz.

Ubuntu Phone, so verspricht es Canonical-Gründer Mark Shuttleworth in einem Präsentationsvideo, halte stets die am häufigsten genutzten Apps mit einem Klick bereit. Statt eines Lock-Screens verfügt Betriebssystem über einen „Welcome-Screen“, der sich direkt bedienen lässt. Alle Funktionen lassen sich von einer bestimmten Seite des Bildschirms hereinwischen. Der Homescreen wird durch einen eigenen Button aufgerufen und zeigt die zuletzt benutzten Apps sowie die jüngsten Kontakte. Integriert ist auch eine Universalsuche, mit der auch nach Filmen, Büchern und anderen Medien gesucht werden kann – wobei Ubuntu ähnlich wie bei der Suche über Desktop-Systems bei jeder abgegebenen Bestellung mitverdient.

Auf der Elektronikmesse CES, die vom 8. bis 11. Januar in Las Vegas stattfindet, will Canonical erste Geräte mit Ubuntu vorstellen. Bislang wird ausschließlich Googles Galaxy Nexus als Testplattform unterstützt. Doch spätestens 2014 soll es dann weitere Geräte geben, auf denen das auf Debian Linux aufbauende System zum Einsatz kommt.

Zwei Versionen sind geplant

Geplant sind zwei Versionen: Zum einen soll es leistungsschwache Smartphones geben, die lediglich mit der Standard-Variante von Ubuntu ausgestattet werden. Auf seiner Internetseite listet Canonical Mindestanforderungen auf. So muss das Gerät wenigstens mit einem Cortex A9-Prozessor und 1Ghz takten. Als RAM-Speicher werden 512 Megabyte oder mehr verlangt. Die High-End-Geräte setzen auf einen Quad-Core-A9-Prozessor oder auf Intels Atom-Architektur. Beide Klassen sollen über Multi-Touch verfügen. Eine Besonderheit bringt das „Superphone“ jedoch mit sich: Es lässt sich nach Bedarf in einen vollwertigen PC verwandeln. Dazu wechselt das Betriebssystem in den Desktop-Modus. Der lässt sich am besten mit Maus, Tastatur und auf einem großen Bildschirm bedienen.

Zu Beginn wird Ubuntu Phone kaum mit einer großen Auswahl an Apps glänzen können. Zwar gibt es bereits jetzt eine große Auswahl an Open-Source-Software wie zum Beispiel das kostenlose Büropaket Libre Office. Doch wie gut die Programme auf die Touch-Bedienung umgesetzt worden sind, wird sich erst zeigen müssen. Ubuntu verspricht, dass Programme für alle Geräte entwickelt werden können, die Ubuntu unterstützt – von der TV-Box über das Smartphone bis zum Desktop-PC. Die Apps sollen dabei auch von Ubuntus Cloud-Dienst One Gebrauch machen können und 3D-Grafikbeschleunigung nutzen.

Das Smartphone-System soll sowohl native Apps – also Software, die direkt für Ubuntu Phone geschrieben ist – als auch Webapps, die auf dem HTML-5-Standard basieren, unterstützen. Web-Apps laufen unabhängig vom Gerät, sind aber weniger flüssig als native Apps. Beispiele für populäre Web-Apps sind die Programme in Googles Service Drive oder Googles Kartendienst. Fraglich ist, ob das reicht. Schließlich haben Smartphone-Nutzer bereits die Auswahl zwischen Apples iOS und Googles Android mit einer Vielzahl von Apps – und auch Microsoft Windows Phone 8 holt auf.

Möglicherweise wird der Spieleentwickler Valve die neue Plattform unterstützen. Der Anbieter der beliebten Spieleplattform Steam portiert sein System derzeit auf die Desktop-Variante von Ubuntu Linux. Laut Gerüchten wird die kommende Steam-Spielekonsole ebenfalls unter Ubuntu laufen.

Wer möchte, kann sich einen ersten Eindruck des Betriebssystems auf der Internetseite von Ubuntu verschaffen. Oder in wenigen Tagen persönlich, auf der CES in Las Vegas.

–Mitarbeit: Jörgen Camrath

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Hip-hop producer Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo, center, is seen in 2007. He calls himself a Signature Bank customer for life after the bank stood by him when he was facing money-laundering charges.

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