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[3]: Oh well...
by Nelson on Fri 28th Feb 2014 20:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Oh well..."
Nelson
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2005-11-29

NPD claimed they were for commercial channels. The total size of that segment of the market is 14.4M

Doing some math it works out to ~3M. Not too far from the IDCs numbers.

To suggest that Chromebooks are 21% of the entire notebook market is hilariously off base.

Chromebooks have been an abject failure in anything except the Education sector where limited budgets make cost a deciding factor, and its nothing that Microsoft can't (and in fact currently is) beat back with licensing price cuts.

When your only differentiator is price, you will always lose to the established player if they're willing to dance with you at that price point.

Edited 2014-02-28 20:08 UTC

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RE[4]: Oh well...
by ralph on Fri 28th Feb 2014 23:12 in reply to "RE[3]: Oh well..."
ralph Member since:
2005-07-10

NPD claimed they were for commercial channels. The total size of that segment of the market is 14.4M

Doing some math it works out to ~3M. Not too far from the IDCs numbers.


So the market share is too high, as it is only for a small segment of the market, commercial channels in the US.

Yet on the other hand the 3M is not too far from the IDC number, though IDC's number is worldwide and the 3M is for a segment of the US market.

I really have a hard time following your logic here.

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RE[5]: Oh well...
by Nelson on Sat 1st Mar 2014 02:10 in reply to "RE[4]: Oh well..."
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

A great majority of Chromebooks are sold in the US, particularly the education sector.

Then there are the methodology differences between NPD and IDC.

Lastly, the 14.4M figure is a ceiling, there may be various exclusions, it may count things that aren't considered traditional sales by the IDC. I presented it for simplicity's sake.

I think at the very least, your original post lacked an amazing amount of context and implied 21% of the entire netbook market. That's ludicrous and wishful thinking.

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