The Ubuntu Developer Summit held earlier this month in Florida, US, was home to a wealth of discussion, demo and debate on all manners Ubuntu.
Part of that extended to Linaro – the ARM-orientated software engineering company of which Canonical are a driving member – who showed off a port of Unity 3D running on an ARM Cortex-A9 Pandaboard using OpenGL ES - a “..subset of the OpenGL 3D graphics API designed for embedded systems such as mobile phones, PDAs, and video game consoles.”
Unity 2D is already supported on a variety of ARM devices.
The whole ‘Unity on ARM’ project is exciting for some many reasons, not least of which is the notion of a low-cost, low-power ARM-based computer the size of a USB stick capable of running a full Unity 3D desktop experience.
A full desktop experience on an ARM device – something Microsoft can’t offer yet, but Ubuntu is almost able to.