Home Mobility Ubuntu phone updates till June, app store till end-2017

Security updates for the Ubuntu phone will end in June, and the app store that caters to the users of this device will shut its doors by the end of the year.

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, announced on 5 April that it would end development of its phones and tablets.

An inquiry by NetworkWorld elicited the information that over-the-air updates would be limited to critical fixes and security patches only and even these would end in June.

Canonical also said that developers would be able to push updates and bug fixes to their apps in the Ubuntu Store until the end of the year.

It added that app purchases would also end in June. Developers of apps that charge a fee have a choice to either make their apps free or withdraw them from the store.

Marius Gripsgård, a developer who has already ported the Ubuntu phone distribution to many other models, has said he will be forking the Ubuntu store as well.

In a Q and A, he said, "We’re forking the OpenStore at openstore.ubports.com. We will ask app developers if they would like to place their apps on this store. Otherwise we cannot move the apps. They can be forked and placed."

Gripsgård also said he would support old official devices that were running the Ubuntu phone distribution.

"All devices but the (Meizu) Pro 5 and (BQ Aquaris) M10 will be in 'legacy' mode, getting critical bugfixes and security updates," he wrote.

"These will be in-between due to their closed Android source tree. We have mirrored the system-image-server so we can host the old images at some point."

Gripsgård said that old official devices would probably require a reflash and advised those who wished to continue using the distribution to buy one of the stable devices: Nexus 5, Fairphone 2, or OnePlus One.

The first Ubuntu phones were released in February 2015.

LEARN HOW TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF A CYBER ATTACK

Australia is a cyber espionage hot spot.

As we automate, script and move to the cloud, more and more businesses are reliant on infrastructure that has the high potential to be exposed to risk.

It only takes one awry email to expose an accounts’ payable process, and for cyber attackers to cost a business thousands of dollars.

In the free white paper ‘6 Steps to Improve your Business Cyber Security’ you’ll learn some simple steps you should be taking to prevent devastating and malicious cyber attacks from destroying your business.

Cyber security can no longer be ignored, in this white paper you’ll learn:

· How does business security get breached?
· What can it cost to get it wrong?
· 6 actionable tips

DOWNLOAD NOW!

10 SIMPLE TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR ORGANISATION FROM RANSOMWARE

Ransomware attacks on businesses and institutions are now the most common type of malware breach, accounting for 39% of all IT security incidents, and they are still growing.

Criminal ransomware revenues are projected to reach $11.5B by 2019.

With a few simple policies and procedures, plus some cutting-edge endpoint countermeasures, you can effectively protect your business from the ransomware menace.

DOWNLOAD NOW!

Sam Varghese

website statistics

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

 

Popular News

 

Telecommunications

 

Sponsored News

 

 

 

 

Connect