Ubuntu, a Debian based Linux Operating System has announced the support for React Native framework. This move by one of the biggest name in Linux, is expected to help the developers in many ways. React Native is based on the ReactJS and its UI component system.
The Official Ubuntu blog stated “We want to make everyone's life easier, enable the use of tools that are familiar to web developers and provide an easy path to using them on the Ubuntu platform”.
Working with the native UI components directly in an unfamiliar environment can be a delaying task. As mentioned in the blog, React Native is like a sister to React.js, allowing for the use of applications to work directly with native components with higher performance.
But one of the major changes for which developers waited for a long time is for the ability to port the existing Android and iOS applications to Ubuntu. It is said that the applications will dynamically scale up the applications to the required resolution along with touch-friendly and pointer window controls. This is made possible due to the wide range of support for displays and inputs by Ubuntu.
Ubuntu is known to be suffering from lack of familiar applications, due to which Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, has taken a similar approach to Microsoft, allowing their applications to run anywhere their OS is found. The company is also making it easier for the developers by allowing their applications to be ported from Android and iOS.
It was also noted that Ubuntu support will be including the ability for generating packages. The developers can expect more blog posts on developing React Native Applications, which includes creating, developing, packaging and releasing the apps to the store.