Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st Jun 2017 12:07 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu

Now that Ubuntu phones and tablets are gone, I would like to offer my thoughts on why I personally think the project failed and what one may learn from it.

To recapitulate my involvement in the project: I had been using Ubuntu Touch on a Nexus 7 on an on-and-off-basis between its announcement in 2013 and December 2014, started working on Click apps in December 2014, started writing the 15-part “Hacking Ubuntu Touch” blog post series about system internals in January 2015, became an Ubuntu Phone Insider, got a Meizu MX4 from Canonical, organized and sponsored the UbuContest app development contest, worked on bug reports and apps until about April 2016, and then sold off/converted all my remaining devices in mid-2016. So I think I can offer some thoughts about the project, its challenges and where we could have done better.

Excellent and detailed explanation of why Ubuntu Phone failed.

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RE[2]: Different thoughts
by jessesmith on Wed 21st Jun 2017 15:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Different thoughts"
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Many of the people I encounter on phone forums are general users, not technically included folks. But your point is well taken.

I'd like to point out though that even if uninterested users vastly outnumber technical ones, there was still enough interest in a Canonical-backed phone to raise something like $20 million on Kickstarter. That's just people willing to pay up front for a product sight-unseen that will compete in the mobile market. I'd say that indicates there is a definite interest in something other than Android or iOS.

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