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Canonical announces Ubuntu apps showdown

Linux developers will soon have a chance to compete for prizes of laptops and smartphones, thanks to Canonical’s announcement today of the Ubuntu App Showdown contest.

Developers will have from June 18 until July 9 – a total of three weeks – to create an app using Canonical’s Quickly development tool, which combines Python and GTK into a single Ubuntu-centric package.

The resulting apps will be judged by a five-member panel, with the developers of the top three receiving new Nokia N9 smartphones. In addition, second place will get a System76 Lemur Ultra laptop, and the overall winner will get a System76 Gazelle Professional laptop. Moreover, the top three vote-getters in a community poll will also qualify for an N9.