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5 Reasons I Want An Ubuntu Phone
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pleasepresshere
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pleasepresshere,
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7/14/2014 | 9:33:57 AM
re: 5 Reasons I Want An Ubuntu Phone
There is a Chinese version of Ubuntu - Kylin: http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/ubuntu-kylin

Adapting apps to Touch UI and developing new apps will always be a useful contribution (from anyone in the Linux community!)
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7/14/2014 | 9:24:42 AM
The 5 reasons I'd like an Ubuntu phone
1) Open Source.  It's taken me a long time to recognise and adopt Open Source, but I am a convert:  I slapped Ubuntu on my desktop a couple of years ago, long after Apple stopped updating their OS for my machine,  and I too have a lovely, up-to-date OS working perfectly well on an old laptop. :)

2) I was an early adopter of the smartphone - I was following iPhone development long before their first phones were released, and got apps before I'd even afforded (an unlocked) phone!  Thus I've experienced the frustrations due to lack of connectivity - especially for productivity apps.  I'm *hoping* that Ubuntu's going to be ahead on that curve.

3) Proprietary Software. It's utter madness to shell-out over and over again for software, when the Open Source alternatives are at least as good.

4) Convergence.  Smartphones are as fast as the desktops we happily worked on a generation ago - we really need to wise up to the marketeers who persuade us to buy ever faster, more specced shiny toys (or force us to update our devices by making them obsolete so quickly).  I'm hoping a phablet and a personal family server will cover my needs.  But whatever devices people choose, isn't it just logical that they run the same code?

5) Bored with the 'same'. Ubuntu looks different. & behaves differently. 

 

 
anon4690178308
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7/13/2014 | 10:39:20 PM
I'm in,
linux has it's place. Just look in linux forums and see the amount of members.

Open source, anybody can make apps and put them on websites to be downloaded with out anybody's approval.

the are people out there that are part of the linux  community that will not go away. That is one reason linux lives on.

check out www.revision3.com/hak5

you will see why people go to linux and if the same level of access is on a phone, watch out.  

 
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4/27/2013 | 7:42:12 AM
re: 5 Reasons I Want An Ubuntu Phone
The Chinese govt was complaining that Google treats chinese smartphone vendors like step children by delaying release of code and other American hegemony tactics. The chinese wanted to make their own desktop OS to rival Windows but dropped the plan. They should now put weight into getting their countless universities to contribute code to make Ubuntu phone apps. They can single handedly destroy iOS and Android marketshare. But of course, watch out for spyware if they give you closed source apps.
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1/13/2013 | 10:12:24 AM
re: 5 Reasons I Want An Ubuntu Phone
It will not go mainstream and make billions simply because that's the kind of preoccupations that Google/Apple and their shareholders are obsessed with, not us. And even if Canonical had the same greedy plans in mind, Canonical is not alone to decide about Ubuntu, the very mobilized, educated and democratic Linux community plays a major role in its development.
To the community, as opposed to corporations, market share, profitability and Wall Street's opinion are all secondary to user complete satisfaction if at all a concern.

So if Ubuntu Phones won't ever go mainstream as a simple matter of motivation, what will they be? A niche alternative to the "not good enough" Android user base. It will be community driven, free as in powerful, loyal to a true Linux, made of tomorrow's technology enthusiasts that would crave its amazing interface and potential even if not a single OEM released the phone...
And if Canonical finds an OEM partner, the niche might further grow a little over the user base the Linux desktop has now, which would make a serious dent into the phone market...
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1/10/2013 | 12:16:23 AM
re: 5 Reasons I Want An Ubuntu Phone
Looks like Android Linux has had fair success breaking into the consumer market.

I think you are over-applying the desktop market model, where a determined monopolist has fought off various Linux and Unix products for a couple of decades. But that's the exception rather than the rule, as pretty much every other market segment is dominated by Linux now.

That certainly doesn't mean Ubuntu will succeed in mobile. It just means that Linux is a feature, not a bug. :-)
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1/9/2013 | 5:17:32 PM
re: 5 Reasons I Want An Ubuntu Phone
HP had the right idea when it attempted to bring out a WebOS tablet that would be able to communicate with the Windows desktiop. But it quickly abandoned it, despite the potential of a mobile business device system that could integrate with the office..Ubuntu could serve as the common operating system for smart phone and desktop, but it would need to be drastically modified, stripped down and then maintained as almost a distinct mobile Linux. HP's experience shows there has to be real commitment and staying power behind such an initiative and I don't see the pool of open source developers chomping at the bit to repeat work done elsewhere. Charlie Babcock, InformationWeek
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1/9/2013 | 4:15:14 PM
re: 5 Reasons I Want An Ubuntu Phone
re: "The laptop might run a bit slow by today's standards, but if I really want to get ambitious I could throw in some RAM and a solid state disk and chug along equal to just about anything out there."

Hmm... The DDR RAM you'll need comes it at a per GB price that is about 4X that of DDR3 RAM. And you'll find a pretty short list of choices for an IDE-based SSDs, and even then your throughput will be an order of magnitude less that what can be achieved with SATA. Oh, and that 8-year-old battery probably barely holds a charge and will need replaced. So after about $200+ of investment, you could have a Ubuntu laptop that runs slower than an atom-based netbook. It would be heavier, though!

Sometimes leveraging existing, proven technology doesn't turn out to be as practical as it might initially appear. Could a linux-derived kernel be useful basis for creating a phone OS? Sure. Both iOS and Android have Linux underpinnings. But how much of Ubuntu is actually useful for building a phone OS? Not much, I would say...

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1/9/2013 | 3:46:30 PM
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I don't think it really has to be the iPhone, it just has to get support from a few carriers, and it will find a niche. At least, I hope....
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1/9/2013 | 3:06:31 PM
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Good luck with that. The point isn't that it's not cool or anything like that. It's simply that you're not going to gain any market share. And Linux needs market share to truly break into a consumer market. Marketing to geeks isn't the answer. We love it but we represent a fraction of a fraction of the marketplace.


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