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Shuttleworth: Ubuntu to Focus on Cloud and Mobile in 2013

What does 2013 have in store for Ubuntu users? According to Mark Shuttleworth, who founded the Linux distribution a decade ago, major areas of focus in the year ahead will include mobile computing, the cloud and–last but not least–bringing “the benefits of free software to an audience which would not previously have had the confidence to be different.” If you’re wondering what exactly that means, read on for a closer look at Shuttleworth’s vision.
In a post on his personal blog Dec. 26, Shuttleworth resisted the urge to recap everything Canonical and the Ubuntu community have accomplished in the previous year–which I appreciate, since we’re already inundated with “year in review” items at the moment. Instead, he focused on what comes next for the Linux distribution that remains one of the most popular for desktop users and is arguably the most aggressive in pushing the boundaries of open source platforms into new frontiers.
One of those frontiers is mobile computing, an area in which Canonical has already invested significantly by deploying Ubuntu on Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, the first mobile device capable of running a traditional desktop Linux distribution. Shuttleworth didn’t mention any specific new hardware devices that Canonical will target, but

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