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Ubuntu bug #1 closed

Ubuntu bug #1 closed

Posted May 31, 2013 10:51 UTC (Fri) by wagerrard (guest, #87558)
In reply to: Ubuntu bug #1 closed by geuder
Parent article: Ubuntu bug #1 closed

Who knows what it portends?

The Bug #1 bit was grandstanding in the first place. Crusading against Microsoft and turning out innovative and popular software are two different things. Better to focus on the latter and let the chips fall where they may.

Since no one else has ever made money marketing desktop Linux, I've never really believed Canonical can manage it. The number of people who are motivated by ideology to use Linux is too small. To attract business from everyone else -- meaning everyone who is a Windows user -- Canonical needs to offer a platform that consumers instantly see as obviously better than Windows. Ubuntu is pretty good, but put a Windows machine and an Ubuntu machine next to each other in a big box store and I'm not at all sure customers would look at Ubuntu and go "Wow!".

If Canonical can turn a profit from phones and tablets, it could position desktop Ubuntu in a way that's analogous to Red Hat and Fedora. Or, they might just turn it loose. The more they change the phone/tablet code base, the more welcome the latter course might be.


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Ubuntu bug #1 closed

Posted May 31, 2013 23:11 UTC (Fri) by ewan (subscriber, #5533) [Link]

"If Canonical can turn a profit from phones and tablets, it could position desktop Ubuntu in a way that's analogous to Red Hat and Fedora."

Or OS X, which is now pretty much perceived as the desktop from those nice iPhone people.

Ubuntu bug #1 closed

Posted Jun 2, 2013 13:11 UTC (Sun) by Lennie (guest, #49641) [Link]

I doubt Apple will ever focus on the mass-market.

And only over 1 billion smartphones have been sold so far, there is still the other 5 billion phones that need to be replaced. Those will only get replaced when they reach a price point that people can afford.

For the short term that means a price like US $50. That is just the hardware, a data plan is needed for smartphones.

Hardly any smartphones are being sold at that price right now, people that can't afford any more than that $50 probably don't want to pay for the data plan either.

But I'm pretty sure things will change eventually, prices will keep going down though.

Ubuntu bug #1 closed

Posted Jun 2, 2013 22:17 UTC (Sun) by anselm (subscriber, #2796) [Link]

Apple doesn't need to focus on the mass market any more than Mercedes-Benz or BMW need to focus on the mass market.

Apple's devices are premium »lifestyle« products for people who are happy to pay extra not just for the sleek tech but also to be seen with the latest Apple device. So far there does not appear to be a shortage of such people even if Apple is not the dominant player by market share.


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