What you need to know
- Uno Platform ported the Windows Calculator to Linux.
- The ported calculator can now run on devices such as the Raspberry Pi and Tesla vehicles.
- Uno Platform allows developers to use the same code across every major platform.
Whenever Uno Platform gains support for a platform, such as Android, macOS, and WebAssembly, the team behind it ports the Windows Calculator over to the platform. Now, the Uno Platform team has ported over the Windows Calculator to another platform, Linux. The company announced support for Linux in August of 2020, and now it has a proof of concept to show off. Uno Platform shares more details in a recent blog post.
"The new addition [of Linux support] makes it the first and only C# UI toolkit to enable creation of single-source applications for most popular desktop, web and mobile platforms," said Uno Platform in a press release when Linux support was announced. Uno Platform allows developers to use C# and XAML code to create apps on all major platforms.
Microsoft made the Windows Calculator open-source and placed it on GitHub early in 2019. Rather than focusing on improving the calculator on Windows, the Uno Platform team takes every chance it can to get it running on different operating systems. The end result is Uno Calculator, which is now available on iOS, Android, macOS, WebAssembly, the web, and Linux.
The port by the Uno Platform Team is available through the Ubuntu Snap Store, which makes it easy to download. In addition to being available on Ubuntu, Uno Calculator can run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Linux Mint, Debian, Fedora, openSUSE, Manjaro, Kubuntu, KDE Neon, elementary OS, CentOS, and Arch Linux.
When stars align, you get @WindowsUI Calculator codebase from 1995 running on #WebAssembly in a @Tesla ⚡️🚗 ❤️ Did we say #WinUIEverywhere? pic.twitter.com/xcuUpr6pJjWhen stars align, you get @WindowsUI Calculator codebase from 1995 running on #WebAssembly in a @Tesla ⚡️🚗 ❤️ Did we say #WinUIEverywhere? pic.twitter.com/xcuUpr6pJj— Uno Platform (@UnoPlatform) September 3, 2020September 3, 2020
With support for all of those Linux platforms, you can run Uno Calculator on everything from a Raspberry Pi to a Tesla.
Uno Platform's support for Linux utilizes a combination of Skia, SkiaSharp, and GtkSharp, which as a result, also makes it a target for Windows 7, Windows 10, and macOS.
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