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Shuttleworth, in a posting on the Indiegogo site, said the fund-raising effort benefited the Ubuntu OS movement even if it fell short. He said some businesses invested $7,000 apiece, and the Ubuntu community contributed time, mailing lists, social media strategies, and online ads. There are also reports that the response has helped Canonical negotiate lower prices for components from suppliers.
Ramon Llamas, a research analyst with IDC, told us it was still a stiff "uphill battle to win hearts and minds" for a new mobile operating system. On the other hand, he noted it was a "huge, huge leap of faith" for so many people to pledge money for a device they've never seen.
The top questions for most buyers, he said, is "how do I like the hardware, how I like the software , and how does it come together?" Llamas described himself as "not too crazy about the idea of hooking up my phone to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse," and added that he thought the rest of his household would "prefer to use a laptop anyway."
Posted: 2013-10-03 @ 5:24am PT
There is a much smaller crowdfunding project which has the goal to bring out the Ubuntu Phone on already existing hardware:
Posted: 2013-09-23 @ 12:40am PT
They should start with a tablet instead of a phone. Tablets can make better use of the CPU power in mobile mode, and wouldn't have to exclude a core from desktop mode.
Posted: 2013-09-21 @ 11:56pm PT
Canonical should start with a less ambitious project of shipping Ubuntu-based phone hardware sourced from a qualified OEM supplier. This will enable it to earn the money required for this proposed Ubuntu EDGE and let people get used to Ubuntu phones.
If Canonical can release Ubuntu Touch next month, it should be able to ship its own brand of Ubuntu-based phones or partner with an existing phone manufacturer and share the revenue.
BTW. I know a company which makes a tablet-phone (actually a keyboardles tablet netbook-phone) which runs Windows 7 (not Windows Mobile 7) and boasts that it can double up as a desktop PC when docked but I don't think his company is making money, so Canonical's idea of a phone which turns into a desktop PC when docked, doesn't look like it will be popular.
Posted: 2013-09-14 @ 6:27am PT
First of all, Ubuntu IS a Linux operating system (not just "Like Linux" as stated in this article).
Second, for a researcher Ramon Llamos hasn't done much research on this. The point of Ubuntu's strategy isn't to develop "a new mobile operating system". It is to have a single OS that can be used on a phone, a tablet, a laptop, a desktop, a TV, or whatever device the consumer prefers.
This is about convergence, and having a consistent, unified Linux experience across all devices. If you're "not too crazy about the idea" of hooking your phone up to a monitor, you don't have to. But you can. You don't need to use a single device to fulfill all of your computing needs. But you can.
Linux (and like it or not, Ubuntu is a Linux OS) is about freedom to use whatever device you want in the way that you want to use it. And while there are complaints in the open source community about Ubuntu's approach, their efforts are clearly in harmony with the spirit of software freedom.