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And . . . ?

“Ubuntu for smartphones is expected to ship in the last quarter of 2013 or first-quarter of 2014.”

While it had a countdown and all the trappings of a big announcement of an innovation to wow us all, today’s announcement of an Ubuntu smart phone sometime after October — or in 2014 — left many just wondering what the big deal is.

No hardware.

No code.

No e-mails to community mailing list.

Forgive me if this doesn’t inspire joyous, tap-dancing and smile-inducing confidence.

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(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and develops business software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)

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  1. Bruce Byfield
    January 2, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Boy, are you cynical. Somebody might think you were a journalist. ;-)

  2. Colonel Panik
    January 2, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Maybeware?
    I can see that Ubuntu flower with a question mark in each petal.

  3. January 3, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Although now we all know exactly why desktops have been messed up over the last few years – unifying phone, tv, mobile and desktop with the same phone-optimised GUI is just stupid. Stupid.

  4. Paul Sams
    January 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    What next? Ubuntu Toilet Paper? Ubuntu Bidet?

  1. January 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm

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