Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Feb 2013 18:53 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Images and open source code for the Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu will be published on Thursday 21st February, supporting the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 smartphones. They are intended for enthusiasts and developers, to familiarise themselves with Ubuntu's smartphone experience and develop applications on spare handsets. Tools that manage the flashing of the phone will be available on the same day in the Ubuntu archives, making it easy to keep a device up to date with the latest version of the Touch Developer Preview." Cool. Too bad it's only for Nexus phones, and not for more popular ones.
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by kurkosdr on Fri 15th Feb 2013 21:19 UTC
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I hope I am wrong, but I don't expect to see any phones with Ubuntu phone preinstalled. I know about the October promise, but it's probably going to be vapor, like the supposed Ubuntu TV devices.

Canonical doesn't "get" hardware. Remember when Dell launched a couple of Ubuntu notebooks, and then Canonical released PulseAudio in the next upgrade and broke everything? Dell wasn't amused. Or how about shipping new versions of without testing them with the closed drivers first (say what you want about closed drivers, but if you want to use the full feature set of your graphics card, you need 'em). Canonical doesn't care about the needs of hardware manufacturers (mainly: upgrades that don't break everything every six months resulting in angry customers returning the hardware at the store), and hardware manufacturers don't care about Ubuntu (Dell for example only sells one boutique XPS preloaded with Ubuntu nowadays, no mainstream models anymore).

And yet again, Canonical is going the nerdy way with Ubuntu phone, by telling you to "install it yourself" and that devices with Ubuntu preinsralled "are coming in the future". The 1% that is brave and knowledgable enough to scrap the preinstalled OS will install Ubuntu phone, the 99% will simply not bother.

Wake me up when Canonical starts to care about the needs of hardware manufacturers.

Again, I hope I am wrong. I hate how iOS doesn't support MicroSD so Apple can charge extortion prices for the 32GB versions, or how Android apps that are not developed with the NDK run inside an enulator that is not even JITed by the hardware (like Java is with Jazelle). But without hardware, Ubuntu phone is yet another "install it yourself" OS for the 1% of the nerd elite.

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Edited 2013-02-15 21:31 UTC

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