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Canonical to Announce “Next Generation” Cross-Platform Ubuntu?

Canonical claims to be readying an “earth-shattering announcement” on the first day of business in 2013 –January 2, that is. What can we expect next from the company behind the widely popular Ubuntu Linux distribution? Read on for some wild, yet informed, speculation.
In a note sent this week to the press, Canonical announced that it is:
“kicking off the New Year with a bang, and launching a brand new Ubuntu product. We’ll be holding an exclusive event hosted by Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu project, to give full details of what we believe is the next generation of cross platform operating system.”
The message provided no further information regarding the nature of the new product Canonical intends to unveil at the event, scheduled for January 2. But if the company’s recent activities over the past year are any indication, there’s a decent chance it will involve mobile devices. After working hard to tweak Ubuntu to run on Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, Ubuntu developers may be ready to announce a version of the operating system that truly bridges desktop and mobile computing.
On the other hand, however, a major leap in mobile computing for Canonical seems a bit unlikely. As of now, there

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