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: Device restrictions
by mistersoft on Sun 25th Jun 2017 11:45 UTC in reply to "Device restrictions"
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So.. I know it's very difficult for a government to mandate any particular (non-essential) functional requirements

But.. perhaps some "encouraging" of more "open" phones and mobile computing devices could be done via progressive taxation.

E.g. with VAT/Sales Tax

Could have 3 levels:

Closed/Locked @ 30% VAT
Open 1 @ 20% VAT
Open 2 @ 10% VAT

Where Open 1 is a fixed but "open" bootloader with options for pointing to (signed-kernel) secondary/tertiary OS partitions/boot device listings.

Open 2 is fully replaceable loader with instructions. And the supplied one is Open source bootloader and phone baseband is non-network locked. Or similar

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