Leftovers: Ubuntu (Meizu PRO 5, Elementary OS, Rolling Release Model, Jono Bacon Uses 'Mac')
Meizu is a China-based smartphone manufacturing company which was quite unknown a couple of years ago. This company has managed to grow immensely in the last two years, and consumers definitely started noticing it. Meizu has managed to sell 4.4 million smartphones back in 2014, while they shipped out 20 million last year. That is quite a leap, as you can see, and Meizu is expected to grow even further this year.
The company has introduced 5-6 devices last year, and the Meizu PRO 5 is definitely the most powerful one. This smartphone is the only non-Samsung device powered by the Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core SoC, and has been available out in the market for quite a while now. Well, it seems like Meizu plans to release yet another version of the PRO 5, an Ubuntu-powered one. Meizu has partnered up with Canonical before, last year when they released the Ubuntu variant of the Meizu MX4. A couple of images leaked showing off Ubuntu running on the Meizu PRO 5, which indicates this device might launch in the coming weeks. It is possible that Meizu plans to release the Ubuntu-powered PRO 5 phablet during the Mobiel World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona later this month, but we cannot confirm that, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
One of the designers working on elementary forked the elementary icon and GTK themes to create an old-school version that resembles the orange artwork used in previous Ubuntu OSes.
Discussions about making Ubuntu a rolling release distro have been going on for a few years now, but a decision wasn't made. It turns out that it might happen anyway when Ubuntu running Unity 8 and Mir become mainstream.
When you fire up the distribution, GNOME Shell appears (or Unity, KDE, Elementary etc) and it is running natively on the Mac, full screen like you would see on Linux. For all intents and purposes it looks and feels like a Linux box, but it is running on top of Mac OS X. This means hardware issues (particularly hardware that needs specific drivers) go away.