Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 19:05 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Expected, but still insanely cool: Canonical has just announced Ubuntu for phones. This is a new mobile phone operating system, with its own user interface and development platform. It's built around Qt5 and QML, and the interface reminds me of MeeGo on the N9. It's supposed to be on the shelves in early 2014, but the developer preview is out today.
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RE[2]: I want one!
by shmerl on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 23:11 UTC in reply to "RE: I want one!"
shmerl
Member since:
2010-06-08

I think it's a great win allowing developers to reuse at least *some* of the skills they may have picked up already.

And Qt is good with that, since Qt is familiar to many who already used it on mobile and desktop. So no effort is wasted.

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v RE[3]: I want one!
by Nelson on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 23:24 in reply to "RE[2]: I want one!"
RE[4]: I want one!
by shmerl on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 23:42 in reply to "RE[3]: I want one!"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

If they wanted familiarity, they would've chosen C#

Bad idea. The woes of Google with Dalvik and Java should teach anyone to avoid encumbered development technologies, especially in the crazy mobile sphere. If Java has a shadow of Oracle behind it, C# has a shadow of Microsoft attached. While Sun encouraged Google to use Java, Oracle isn't Sun. So even if Microsoft wouldn't mind now, you never know where their rights over C# will end up tomorrow, or even if they'll just change their mind. It just doesn't worth the risk.

Edited 2013-01-02 23:51 UTC

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RE[4]: I want one!
by ebasconp on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 03:24 in reply to "RE[3]: I want one!"
ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

Qt is nice, but Qt and especially QML are very immature pieces of technology yet.


Actually all the QML-like technologies (JavaFX and XAML as far as I remember) are very immature pieces of technology yet, but they are already in production.

But I completely disagree with the Qt part. Qt is one of the best and most mature UI frameworks available right now (IMHO next to Java Swing). Qt is by far the best C++ UI framework (more powerful, easier to learn and portable than, say, MFC, WTL, wxWidgets or the old VCL) and the best portable UI framework.

The Qt portfolio is very nice, AFAIK: Google Earth, Perforce Client, Adobe Elements, the KDE desktop, KOffice, Swipe Nokia N9 UI use it with success.

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RE[4]: I want one!
by BluenoseJake on Fri 4th Jan 2013 01:36 in reply to "RE[3]: I want one!"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Right idea, wrong language, the community will be much more supportive of something open, and something widely used by Linux developers, c# is neither of those.

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RE[4]: I want one!
by Wafflez on Fri 4th Jan 2013 14:53 in reply to "RE[3]: I want one!"
Wafflez Member since:
2011-06-26

As much I love C# (my bread and butter) and I think that it has more developer friendly features than Java and XAML blows QML out of water and yada yada, but all these good features are locked down. Only for Windows. 3rd party libraries are just that - 3rd parties.

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