Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Apr 2017 17:28 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu

Mark Shuttleworth, dropping a bombshell on a boring Wednesday:

We are wrapping up an excellent quarter and an excellent year for the company, with performance in many teams and products that we can be proud of. As we head into the new fiscal year, it's appropriate to reassess each of our initiatives. I'm writing to let you know that we will end our investment in Unity8, the phone and convergence shell. We will shift our default Ubuntu desktop back to GNOME for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

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I took the view that, if convergence was the future and we could deliver it as free software, that would be widely appreciated both in the free software community and in the technology industry, where there is substantial frustration with the existing, closed, alternatives available to manufacturers. I was wrong on both counts. In the community, our efforts were seen fragmentation not innovation. And industry has not rallied to the possibility, instead taking a 'better the devil you know' approach to those form factors, or investing in home-grown platforms. What the Unity8 team has delivered so far is beautiful, usable and solid, but I respect that markets, and community, ultimately decide which products grow and which disappear.

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RE: That just leaves KDE...
by Wondercool on Sat 8th Apr 2017 01:06 UTC in reply to "That just leaves KDE..."
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And I think Microsoft is the only closed-source platform still pursuing this; but even then - they didn't start that until WinPhone7/Win8 - long after KDE (KDE4) had the ability to.


Android is too, and they are very close. Multiple effords: 2 or 3 companies trying to create an Android version suitable for desktop but also Google is merging ChromeOS with Android and creating features in Android to make it more desktop and tablet.

It's all very bad news: Android has won and Google will happily continuing gathering tons of data to put ads in our face...

Edited 2017-04-08 01:08 UTC

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2007-08-22

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And I think Microsoft is the only closed-source platform still pursuing this; but even then - they didn't start that until WinPhone7/Win8 - long after KDE (KDE4) had the ability to.


Android is too, and they are very close. Multiple effords: 2 or 3 companies trying to create an Android version suitable for desktop but also Google is merging ChromeOS with Android and creating features in Android to make it more desktop and tablet.

It's all very bad news: Android has won and Google will happily continuing gathering tons of data to put ads in our face...
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True - Google is pursuing a convergence that way with Android/Fuchsia/Magenta; however, IIRC they are more out-in-the-open - you can download the code, build it yourself, etc.

Microsoft is the only one still doing a *closed* source convergence.

Now, KDE isn't likely to take off that way; they'll be small player assuming they release devices at all. Most likely KDE will be the enabler for open source folks to run an open source converged platform across devices if they so chose.

However, Google and Microsoft will battle it out for the phone/desktop space, and most likely Google will win. Microsoft has too many ties with legacy technologies that make it hard for them to break APIs in ways that would allow them to do the jump (see the whole WinRT debacle); while Google will be able to build off it's massive success with Android.

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