Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth.

Ubuntu phones and tablets may not be a reality yet, but Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth says Ubuntu is “close” to running on everything from smartphones to supercomputers.

“The really interesting opportunity is to unify all of these different kinds of computing,” Shuttleworth said in a Q&A with Slashdot readers published today. “Let’s make one OS that runs on the phone AND on your supercomputer. We’re close to that now—we know Ubuntu makes a great cloud OS and a great server OS and a great desktop. So I think the next frontier is to create a seamless experience from the embedded world to the cloud. And yes, that’s very much what we are focused on at Canonical.”

The Linux kernel, of course, already runs on smartphones, tablets, desktops, servers, and supercomputers. While Ubuntu is the most widely used Linux desktop, it has done nothing to stop the dominance of Windows and it only runs on mobile devices in limited ways. There is Ubuntu for Android, which aims to turn Android phones into Ubuntu desktops when connected to a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. And Ubuntu can be installed on the Nexus 7 tablet in an experimental fashion.

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