Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Feb 2014 23:21 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu

The Ubuntu Touch smartphone OS has come a long way, but it still has further to plod before it's ready for market - all Canonical will tell us that it hopes to see an Ubuntu phone before the end of this year. Nevertheless, now that some phone manufacturers are on board with the project, we've been able to play with a couple of prototypes: One was just a non-functioning handset from a Spanish company called BQ, showing off plain but solid build quality reflective of a mid-tier device. The other was more interesting - a re-purposed Android handset from a second Ubuntu partner, Meizu, which makes light work of the operating system and interface.

It looks a bit choppy to me, but alas, it's a development build.

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RE: Oh well...
by Fergy on Fri 28th Feb 2014 08:22 UTC in reply to "Oh well..."
Fergy
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2006-04-10

It's really too bad Canonical didn't raise enough cash during its crowd-funding campaign. The hardware looked much more of-a-piece -- much more part of an overall vision. (Jobs' obsession with hardware, I think, helped sell Apple products.)

Nobody has ever seen the 'hardware' because it was a render of the device. It also 'used' new materials that no company has ever used. There was no prototype.

It shows how stupid people can be with their money that Canonical even got half way to their ridiculous millions. How could you do that based on an idea when Canonical has never succeeded? The only thing Canonical did successfully is become the number 1 distro for a few years.

I had high hopes for Canonical but the last few years showed me nothing I could believe in.

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RE[2]: Oh well...
by vtpoet on Fri 28th Feb 2014 13:13 in reply to "RE: Oh well..."
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2013-12-31

"Nobody has ever seen the 'hardware' because it was a render of the device."

You're right. I was really referring to the "proposed" hardware. Looked much better than what they've currently got.

The fact that there are only 5 comments, not including this one Thom, says everything that needs be said... sadly. There are already 30 comments on Samsung's Tizen OS -- for whatever reason.

Canonical may limp along, or not.

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RE[3]: Oh well...
by Sodki on Fri 28th Feb 2014 22:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Oh well..."
Sodki Member since:
2005-11-10

The fact that there are only 5 comments, not including this one Thom, says everything that needs be said... sadly.


My personal opinion is that lately, unlike in the beginning, Canonical's attitude of fighting everyone and fighting alone has alienated many of its supporters, myself included.

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