Thursday, 6 April 2017

Mark Shuttleworth announced the end of Ubuntu Phones!

Last few months weren't exciting for Ubuntu Touch and now Mark Shuttleworth announced the END of it. Being a Ubuntu lover and hoping all these months for a Ubuntu Phone availability in my country, this comes as a shock for me. And for others too! 

In a blog post, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth announced the end of Unity 8 (yes, another shocking thing), Ubuntu Phone and Convergence. He pointed out that the Ubuntu desktop will remain their top priority, and other areas where the investment will continue will be servers, VMs, cloud infrastructure and IoT story in snaps and Ubuntu Core. 

He mentions : 

The choice, ultimately, is to invest in the areas which are contributing to the growth of the company. 

Canonical had tried earlier for a fund raising for Ubuntu phones but failed to reach the target. However, they were able to get support from some of the manufacturers like Meizu and BQ and there were ports to several phones inluding OnePlus and Nexus 5. There was not much in development for the Touch with no updates from quite a while. However, no one expected a sudden shut down of the Ubuntu Phones. 

Also, along with Ubuntu Phones Convergence is also shutting down. He wrote in the blog post : 

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.

Personally, the "No More Ubuntu Phones" is heart breaking for me. And if you are reading this, perhaps you are in the same category!

1 comment:

  1. It seems SAILFISH will be the GNU lovers option if people start to make ROMS as the Dirty Unicorn one for Pixel.

    That if some people would have interest can be ported to more than 200 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820/821 devices.

    Or one of the OEMs is clever enough to offer, at least as an option one of their 820/1 phones /tablets with SAILFISH.