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[6]: I want one!
by BluenoseJake on Fri 4th Jan 2013 16:35 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: I want one!"
BluenoseJake
Member since:
2005-08-11

Because people don't trust MS, and won't for a long time. It may be an open spec, but at the same time, it is patent encumbered, and their promise not to litigate is not legally binding.

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RE[7]: I want one!
by Nelson on Fri 4th Jan 2013 16:49 in reply to "RE[6]: I want one!"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Yes it is.

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RE[8]: I want one!
by BluenoseJake on Sat 5th Jan 2013 17:08 in reply to "RE[7]: I want one!"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

How is it legally binding? It's never been tested in court, while patents have been, thousands of times. I don't think MS will do it, but at the same time, the doubt is there, and OSS will mostly avoid the technology because of that doubt.

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RE[7]: I want one!
by lucas_maximus on Fri 4th Jan 2013 21:23 in reply to "RE[6]: I want one!"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

It is a legally binding community promise.

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RE[8]: I want one!
by BluenoseJake on Sat 5th Jan 2013 17:12 in reply to "RE[7]: I want one!"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

How is it legally binding? Was a contract signed? No? Then it is not. Like I said in my last post, such a thing has never been tested in court, while patents have.

The fact that MS will not litigate does not remove their ability to litigate, and that doubt will keep the OSS community from doing much with c# and mono, regardless of any community promise.

If MS wants the community to embrace c#, then they must really open it, not make "promises" that hold no legal weight

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