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[4]: I want one!
by shmerl on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 23:42 UTC 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[5]: I want one!
by Nelson on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 23:50 in reply to "RE[4]: I want one!"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

C# is an open specification, so are large parts of .NET.

What Google did to Oracle to Java at the LEAST is highly unethical and appalling from a company that claims to do no evil. They likely would've had an easier time working with the Mono team.

Seriously, C# is everywhere, people have been saying that Microsoft will become aggressive any day now over .NET since 2001

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RE[6]: I want one!
by shmerl on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 23:53 in reply to "RE[5]: I want one!"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Isn't Java an open specification as well? There is OpenJDK at your service too. However Oracle still owns patents and copyrights over Java. And they didn't hesitate to assert them (even though they failed). C# is in similar situation - Microsoft owns a whole bunch of rights over it, even though there is an open spec and open implementation around. While one can win as Google did - not everyone has Google's resources to fight MS or other trolls off. Therefore it's pointless to invest in a technology with known legal risks. As I said - even if MS is calm now, they aren't exactly friendly in general, and you never know what kind of other trolls can get their rights tomorrow.

Edited 2013-01-02 23:56 UTC

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