Last summer we talk to you a little above Ubuntu Web, which is intended to be a free alternative to Google's Chrome OS. We knew little, beyond that it would be based on Ubuntu and Firefox, and there was not much information because those who have conceived and are developing the project are the same ones who are behind Ubuntu Unity, where they are focusing all their efforts. Or so it was, until today.
And it is that, less than 24 hours ago, the main developer of Ubuntu Unity and Ubuntu Web announced in the Ubuntu forum that they already have the first ISO image ready of your web operating system, as well as the first important information about it. Among this, we have that its number is 20.04.1, which would mean that it is based on the first maintenance update of Focal Fossa, download links and other details.
Ubuntu Web can now be tested in GNOME Boxes
Ubuntu Web 20.04.1 offers the following:
- We can create our own webapps using web technologies, create a desktop package and install them easily.
- There is an experimental store called wapp store that we can access from store.ubuntuweb.co. There we find, for example, Google Classroom.
- Integration with cloud services after installation from scratch. In the future the integration with the wapp store will improve.
- Support for Android apps after the installation from scratch, something that is possible thanks to Anbox.
From what little I have tried, Ubuntu Web looks a bit like Ubuntu in its main edition. The dock is at the bottom, but clicking on the operating system logo opens the GNOME application launcher. Among the apps we have some websites, such as Twitter, which opens Firefox directly, but others from Linux, such as GParted, the configuration app or Anbox, which will surely be one of the strongest points of this operating system when it advances. over time.
I think it is still too early to know if Ubuntu Web will be able to stand up to Chrome OS, but being compatible with Linux and Android appsLightweight, and can be installed on virtually any computer, it is likely to achieve its goals. Whether he succeeds or not, only time knows.
If you are interested, you can download the Ubuntu Web 20.04.1 ISO from this link.