Hard to tell how it will go. Ubuntu offer a full os on a phone - a long way ahead of MS.. It is also open source. Much depends on whether the carriers think it will appeal to the public. They are showing plenty of interest right now. It is not planned to be released till next year anyhow. No sense in rushing something out before it is ready. I have no idea if the public want all that functionality. They seem to only want android/ios capability. We won't know until/unless they get the chance to buy it.
Verizon at one point or another has "talked to" everyone. There have been a dozen different Linux based phone OS's in the past.. It's unlikely this one will gain any more traction than the last. Even so, Verizon has been selling Windows phones for a decade.. so what?
There is a possibilty of Ubuntu emerging into the market place. No idea how it will go . We will see. It is in a different league from previous Linux efforts. It is a different market. I wouldn't write it off just yet, there is a lot more going for it than earlier attempts.
I don't know if it will happen, but it could. The conditions are more favourable than ever.
It would be good if Ubuntu could gain a decent share. The more players, the better for competition and for consumers.
FF os is interesting. Not a full size os, but there is a huge potential market for that.
Thank you, you both made my point very clear.
But, Linux community and Dev's don't have to support 25 flavors or even 2, get behind one good one.
The community and devs, and the consumer will ultimately decide that. That is how the free market is supposed to work.
Yes Yes, don't cry me rivers of MS did this and that, so did Apple, so has Google.
These are the supposed 3 evil companies and MS is the most Evil, even though, Apple is far more locked done and anti competitive than MS.
Besides,, people b1tch and moan about how they can't do whatever on Windows and getting dismayed by all the things MS are doing now. This is Linux community time to jump and act, but they will remain isolated cause they have no head.
Doesn't matter. If the Ubuntu thing happens, other distros etc are not relevant. The public will not be aware of them. Only Ubuntu will be on offer to them.
FF os got off the ground. The carriers don't seem to think it will confuse the public. They are delighted to offer a platform that is different.
It is clear what the market for FF is. It is unknown what the market for Ubuntu will be - nobody yet knows if the public want a full scale os on a phone. We don't yet know how Mark Shuttleworth's idea of one os for all devices will play out. He is sensble enough to make the UI similar, but not identical across all devices. Maybe the public will love it - maybe not.
It is all about the marketing.
Linux is Medusa, all the little snakes biting at each other thinking they can do it better rather than synching their resources into one system and sticking with it.
This confuses the consumer and creates chaos that they are going to have a hard time recovering from till they get their act together.
They have a golden opportunity here and they (Linux community) will squander it.