One of the (many) challenges with creating a new mobile platform is that of bootstrapping app developers. The Ubuntu SDK – based on well known tools like Qt & QtCreator and supporting HTML5, C++ & GL – we can run our applications both on mobile devices and standard Ubuntu desktops.
With our convergence plans being a core component of Ubuntu over the coming releases, we can take advantage of this when testing mobile apps.
Developers can create & users can test applications without having to commit funds to a dedicated Ubuntu mobile device. Of course in the future Ubuntu mobile devices will be ubiquitous but for now we can support those users, testers and developers right now to use Ubuntu mobile apps on the desktop.
So with the Core Apps Hack Days just around the corner, now is a great time to install the core apps on your desktop and help test them, file bugs and contribute patches!
For users of Ubuntu 13.10 and Trusty (14.04) we have a Core Apps Daily PPA which has builds of all the core apps. Installing them is a cinch on 13.10 and 14.04 via the PPA &
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-touch-coreapps-drivers/daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install touch-coreapps
Note: This has been tested on 13.10 and 14.04 but not on previous releases.
If you later wish to remove them simply use
sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntu-touch-coreapps-drivers/daily or just
sudo apt-get autoremove touch-coreapps.
Once installed you should see icons for all the core apps in your dash
We welcome constructive feedback and bug reports about all aspects of the Core Apps. You can find us in #ubuntu-app-devel on freenode and details of where to file bugs can be found on the Core Apps wiki pages.
You can get started with developing apps on Ubuntu via the SDK, the documentation for which is at developer.ubuntu.com.