A developer who worked with the Ubuntu Phone project has outlined the reasons for its failure, painting a picture of confusion, poor communication and lack of technical and marketing foresight.
The demise of the Ubuntu phone will not affect hundreds of millions, or even a much smaller multiple of that number.
Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced that the company will be stopping the development of its phones and tablets, and reverting back to the GNOME desktop for its Linux distribution.
Developers of the Ubuntu Phone operating system should get their act in order and start making one of the most basic features required for a smartphone work without constant manual intervention.
Over the last 12 years since he started the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution, Mark Shuttleworth, the man behind Canonical, has made many efforts to bring about what he has characterised as unity in the Linux community.
In the run-up to the release later this month of version 16.04 of the Ubuntu GNU/Linux operating system, the company behind it is promoting its product with the slogan "Ubuntu is everywhere".
Canonical's decision to offer the ZFS filesystem as default in the forthcoming April release of its Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution has put others in the free software and open source community offside.
Canonical chief Mark Shuttleworth has just announced that the next release of the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution will be named Xenial Xerus.
Events that have led to the leader of the Kubuntu GNU/Linux distribution being asked to step down have prompted free and open source software developer Matthew Garrett to offer to make DMCA complaints against Canonical, which funds Kubuntu, if anyone can offer proof that the company is enforcing its IP policy.
Microsoft is widely expected to converge its operating systems across desktops, mobile phones and tablets. However, according to Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu Linux is on track to achieve full convergence first.
The much-publicised crowdfunding campaign to raise $32 million for the Ubuntu Edge smartphone has failed, missing its target by almost $20 million.
For two days — egad, all this year — Canonical Inc teased the world with a message on the Ubuntu website announcing something was so close you could almost touch it.
Oft times, when I have raised the issue of Canonical, the parent company of the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution, focusing on making money, there have been murmurs of disapproval.
Canonical's withdrawal of funding to the Kubuntu project apparently is not very important to the company's owner, Mark Shuttleworth.
Xerox PARC, Apple, Microsoft: these companies and more have contributed to the ubiquitous but evolving WIMP (windows, icons, menus, pointers) user interface. According to Mark Shuttleworth Ubuntu is poised to revolutionise the menu this April.
Bruce Perens looks a bit disoriented as he comes into the hotel lobby, looking for me. "Anyone here called Sam?" he calls out. The tiredness is evident on his face after the long haul from the US to Australia.
One of the big problems that any company faces when it decides to get into the GNU/Linux business is how to deal with users, a group who have an extraordinary sense of entitlement.
What's new about Ubuntu GNU/Linux? That is always the question that arises when the six-monthly release takes place and this time, with 11.10, the answer is probably best encapsulated by the project itself.
Ubuntu chief Mark Shuttleworth plans to make an all-out effort to sell his company's copyright assignment policy - which applies to code contributions to the project.
Mark Shuttleworth has probably never heard of the concept of stability zones. That wouldn't surprise me, considering that the concept was advanced two years before his birth.
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