Canonical's track record of abandoning projects:

- Unity
- Upstart
- Mir
- Support for a bunch of derivatives
- Ubuntu Phone/Touch
- Ubuntu for Android
- ...

Still a good distro, but in case you wondered why I twitch briefly whenever I hear their name... now you know 😆

Thing is... even though their Ubuntu Phone may never have seen widespread adoption, it's actually been a good product. I've seen it, I personally know people who worked on it. I held it in my hands. It was really good!

If Canonical didn't manage to pull off this feat, I have little hope anyone else will. That means we'll have only a few closed source options in the predominating computing market of the near future: mobiles.


@fribbledom I don't consider mobiles computing device, they are more communication devices, I dunno, I don't do much computering on them


Maybe you would if the platforms weren't walled gardens?

I'm still hoping for a mobile computing device, that I can simply plug into a docking station and use as a (Linux) desktop wherever I go.

The hardware would be powerful enough for most of my work scenarios these days.


@fribbledom @fence Videos of recent builds of Windows on ARM running on Lumia 950 hardware are interesting glimpses into a world of true pocket computing. If even Microsoft wasn't able to dribble the mobile device ball long enough to bootstrap the vision of a full computer in your pocket, this is a weird timeline.

(I've got a few more important things to get off my old Lumia, then I'm hoping to install the Windows on ARM myself.)

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