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[2]: Oh well...
by vtpoet on Fri 28th Feb 2014 13:13 UTC 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..."
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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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RE[4]: Oh well...
by Gone fishing on Sat 1st Mar 2014 00:55 in reply to "RE[3]: Oh well..."
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2006-02-22

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.


I largely agree, however, if I can get an Ubuntu phone that's relatively inexpensive I will. I want one, a Linux phone that updates, I control and use as a computer appeals to me. Canonical's strategy looks high risk and probably a mistake, but that wouldn't stop me from getting their phone and just maybe they know what they are doing

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