LINUX VENDOR Canonical has announced the formation of the Carrier Advisory Group (CAG) for its Ubuntu for mobile operating system that includes Deutsche Telekom, EE and Korea Telecom.
Canonical has been busy developing a version of its Linux based Ubuntu operating system for smartphones and tablets as it tries to break into the rapidly growing mobile device market. Now the firm has announced that it has signed up a number of large mobile operators in its CAG, including Deutsche Telekom and EE.
Canonical's CAG, which is independently chaired by David Wood, who has previously served on the board of Symbian and the Open Mobile Alliance, includes eight carriers. One Spanish carrier did not want to be named, but presumably that is Telefonica.
The other CAG members are concentrated in Europe and include Deutsche Telekom, EE, Korea Telecom, Telecom Italia, LG UPlus, Portugal Telecom and SK Telecom.
The CAG members will have early access to Ubuntu for smartphones and device manufacturer plans to support the operating system. Canonical said that CAG members will have the chance of becoming launch partners for the operating system.
Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said, "The CAG is an important partnership between Canonical and the mobile industry. While Ubuntu has gained tremendous traction in both cloud and PC environments, we recognise the complex dynamics of the mobile market and so the CAG allows us to draw on the insights and support of such a thoughtful and experienced group of industry partners.
"We aim to deliver a platform that delights everyone who touches it and meets industry requirements of quality, security, manageability and differentiation."
Canonical needs the support of mobile network operators if it is to have any chance against established mobile operating systems. However Shuttleworth's plans to get mobile operators involved might lead to a heavily restricted operating system that could negate the advantages of having a fully capable operating system on a smartphone.
Canonical said that it will close the CAG to new members in July. µ