Canonical to Develop Ubuntu Powered Smartphone

Linux vendor Canonical is planning to produce an Ubuntu-powered smartphone. An advertisement f or a Business Development Manager (Ubuntu Phone OS) on the Canonical careers page revealed the company's plans. The vacancy requires a lead "to engage and develop strong relationships with industry partners in the run up to the launch of Ubuntu as a smartphone operating system (OS)". The Inquirer reports that when asked to comment on the position, Canonical confirmed that the job posting is in line with its plans for an Ubuntu phone. The advert read: "The successful candidate will be an outstanding professional in the smartphone ecosystem with experience of engaging with both handset manufacturers and telco operators." The vacancy also requires the person taking the role to "drive awareness of Ubuntu's smartphone strategy across key industry decision makers." Canonical clearly means business with the new role, which demands a minimum of seven years' experience in the smartphone field. Earlier this month, Linux vendor Red Hat cast doubt on Canonical's claim that Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distribution on Amazon's Elastic Computer Cloud service by saying it uses "selective" data.

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