Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Apr 2017 17:28 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu

Mark Shuttleworth, dropping a bombshell on a boring Wednesday:

We are wrapping up an excellent quarter and an excellent year for the company, with performance in many teams and products that we can be proud of. As we head into the new fiscal year, it's appropriate to reassess each of our initiatives. I'm writing to let you know that we will end our investment in Unity8, the phone and convergence shell. We will shift our default Ubuntu desktop back to GNOME for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.


I took the view that, if convergence was the future and we could deliver it as free software, that would be widely appreciated both in the free software community and in the technology industry, where there is substantial frustration with the existing, closed, alternatives available to manufacturers. I was wrong on both counts. In the community, our efforts were seen fragmentation not innovation. And industry has not rallied to the possibility, instead taking a 'better the devil you know' approach to those form factors, or investing in home-grown platforms. What the Unity8 team has delivered so far is beautiful, usable and solid, but I respect that markets, and community, ultimately decide which products grow and which disappear.

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RE[4]: my opinion
by REM2000 on Thu 6th Apr 2017 09:34 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: my opinion"
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apple succeeded as they were the first to introduce a smart phone that worked.

I owned a Sony P910i, Nokia E series phones and Windows Mobile smartphones and Palm PDA's. They were unreliable and the software was expensive. All of my smart phones would hang or crash, the worst of which was the windows mobile phones which used to crash when making or receiving calls.

My Sony P910i was reliable at the basic stuff like calls and texts but was unreliable for apps, my Nokia E61 was a good phone that was reliable at the basics but apps were very very slow and pretty crap.

yes there was video calling, it was blocky, unreliable mess, facetime is a 1000x better than the video calling that came before it, it is seamless and reliable, easy for any user to do.

The iPhone when released was very reliable, it never locked up and did things in a very natural way. On my P910 you with used a finger nail or the stupid little stylus, on the E61 you used a directional nub/pad, it was stupidly crap as was browsing the net or getting emails.

The iPhone was the first for me to offer a true desktop experience when browsing the net, it was fluid and easy to use. I never owned a Nokia communicator, however i got the hunch this was the only other phone that could offer a decent browsing experience,

Emails, calendars etc.. were so much better on the iPhone, the only thing it didn't have was apps, but that soon changed and that in itself was so much better, the apps were a lot cheaper and much better than the crap they had in Handango, which were slow experience and clunky, after making sure you got exactly the right app for your phone.

No matter if you love or loath the iPhone it did force the industry to produce more reliable phones with a better user experience, which has played a major part in the current major global change akin to the industrial revolution of the 1800's.

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