Ubuntu Edge – Big Idea In A Small Package

Canonical is attempting to ship an actual smartphone that will do just about everything a smartphone can and also serve as a desktop PC delivering Ubuntu GNU/Linux to a monitor/keyboard/mouse when docked. By crowd-sourcing a wad of capital they plan to be able to deliver in quantity by May of 2014 and catch the wave of this sort of technology. They will combine the best of both worlds of smartphones and GNU/Linux in one smart package.
“The Ubuntu Edge project aims to … provide a low-volume, high-technology platform, crowdfunded by enthusiasts and mobile computing professionals. A pioneering project that accelerates the adoption of new technologies and drives them down into the mainstream.”

See Ubuntu Edge | Indiegogo.

I have no doubt this is the way technology will go. Just as PCs were much more valuable networked. A dock is a great way to network smartphones, achieving greater bandwidth and ease of operation especially for creating other than audio/video with a smartphone. The timing is about right as well. Currently, this technology is struggling and is not mainstream. I have no doubt that in the Christmas season of 2013 that will change. $30million will easily engage some capable manufacturer to build many thousands of units. If they sell smartly, 2014 could see its first million units.

That will be a great year as GNU/Linux will likely reach smartphones in a swarm of Tizen, Chrome OS, and Ubuntu GNU/Linux offerings. It’s time that Android/Linux and GNU/Linux combined forces and forever ban non-free software to narrow damp niches in the rock of IT.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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33 Responses to Ubuntu Edge – Big Idea In A Small Package

  1. lpbbear says:

    “not trying to toady up to anyone else.”

    You’re a complete “toadie”

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Toadie

  2. oiaohm says:

    In fact Ubuntu might make the same mistake as Microsoft with holding on to the brand recognition too tight. Its the reason why I suspect tizen has the best chance out of the competitors coming to Android. Tizen also allows makers to apply their own unique overlays.

  3. oiaohm says:

    bw
    –Well then you should be able to find an add for one of these phones that uses the Android (or any other) OS as a selling point and tells the prospective customer that their OS is one of the reasons to buy. See what you can find. I can’t find any.–

    You fool as normal. You are such a twit that you looked at the low volume sold Windows 8 phones and attempt to use this to say Hardware makers do not make themselves different by OS.
    http://gizmodo.com/5921220/every-major-android-skin-compared bw the OS allows custom per maker style with Android.

    So HTC, Motorola and Samsung android experience is different. This is why you hear people saying they like HTC, Motorola or Samsung but hate the others.

    Also you need to look closer all of them only make token amounts of Windows phone. Reason is the lock down by Microsoft that prevents them from being different to there competition and maintaining there own market segment. Yes if it comes down to hardware spec compare alone at times 2 phones are absolutely identical.

    This overlay altered by maker goes back to the OS dominate in the phone world before Android. Symbian also had per maker overlays as well.

    Some of the smaller players like LG and Sony have their own unique Android overlays.

    “Because it defines the product category.”

    So with Android the hardware maker gets their own unique product category due to how they are allowed to customise the OS.

    You want to be the dominate Mobile Phone OS the hardware maker has to be able to customise. Yes phone hardware makers style the case for look and feel of the brand. So why would they not want to style the OS to match.

    So idiot bw android does allow hardware makers to differentiate from each other more than Microsoft OS do. Due to this hardware makers make more Android devices types. Also don’t fear making identical spec as someone else making another Android phone. Why the someone else will not have their overlay. Yes the difference between the Android interface between makers becomes the decider when a person has 2 identical spec android devices in their hand.

    Bw why do hardware makers fear absolutely identical. Simple problem of human nature. If you have 2 absolutely identical bar brand (price, specs, OS) device the buyer is more likely to go home and not buy either.

    Yes bw one of the big clues to something different is the number of Android phones you find exactly the same price. Follow by the fact Windows 8 phones this does not happen.

    Same thing happened with Windows RT. Problem becomes that since Microsoft is selling same OS with identical locked styling.

    How can you sell if your phone/tablet does not look different to the competition. Walk into any display. Notice the largest section pointed in the customers direction. The screen of the device is the largest bit on a tablet and phone pointed in the customers direction. This is the bit you have to catch the customers eye with. Yes a laptop you have the keyboard and track-pad differences to catch customers eye.

    Then as a large idiot you are bw you make out that how the screen looks is not important to sales. By looking different even if the specs are the same at least the customer will come and look at your phone and might buy it.

    Telephone carriers also get into the Android overlay game. Its all about brand recognition. Android gives brand recognition to the device makers and suppliers of devices like carriers. The Microsoft OS greedily holds on to the brand recognition.

  4. bw says:

    That can happen when a person has his head up someone’s …

    I’m sure that you just meant to be mean and crude, but did you parse this for any meaning? Whose … would you say you meant? Not anyone else here, certainly. Matchrocket can be seen to have that sort of relationship with yourself, but I am an independent here and elsewhere and am not trying to toady up to anyone else.

  5. bw says:

    Then why did they mention it?…

    Because it defines the product category. Samsung makes Windows phones as well as Android phones

    https://www.google.com/search?q=samsung+windows+phone+8&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=hfbyUdjUC4mA9QTLtIHgDw&ved=0CFYQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=768

    so the distinction is pertinent. But it does not differentiate a Samsung from an HTC from an LG from a Sony, etc.

  6. matchrocket wrote, “He only sees the crap Microsoft makes. He’s blind to all the open source goodness.”

    That can happen when a person has his head up someone’s _ _ _ .

  7. bw wrote, “Android is mentioned in passing as a type of phone only, not as a selling feature.”

    Then why did they mention it?… Why does the type of phone matter but not the type of OS? It does matter so they mentioned it early in the ad.

  8. dougman says:

    Re: People expect to see Windows on a PC, so the OEMs have to provide it.

    LOL…. the general public do not expect Windows, my kiosk solution and countless others that connect to the Internet sans Windows proves this.

    Does your imaginary friend see people walking into Best Buy and blurting out, “Wheres the Windows!”, I don’t think so. I do see a plethora of Samsung Android devices, Amazon Kindles, Google Chromebooks and Google Tablets taking up a substantial amount of floorspace. The WIndows 8 and Return IT tablets sit idle, collecting dust and some are even crashed, take a look.

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12600821/Windows%208%20crashed%20-%20Best%20Buy.jpg

  9. bw says:

    Poor bw

    What part of “selling point” are you seeing in all this. The slug line is touting things like “full HD Super AMOLED touchscreen”, “fits perfectly in your hand, your pocket, and your life”, touchless usage, “amazing camera”, and “Smart Stay”. Android is mentioned in passing as a type of phone only, not as a selling feature.

    And it is “Android” in the vernacular. Nothing at all to do with Linux. No one cares about the OS on their phone, they only care about the styling and the features. All phones are the same in the public’s mind outside of individual branding.

  10. matchrocket says:

    bw suffers from optical-rectalitis. He only sees the crap Microsoft makes. He’s blind to all the open source goodness.

  11. Poor bw, having failing eyesight or other problem of old age wrote, “you should be able to find an add for one of these phones that uses the Android (or any other) OS as a selling point”

    Here, let me help you put it in large print, “The Samsung Galaxy S 4 for AT&T is an incredibly-wide, full HD Super AMOLED touchscreen, Android smartphone that fits perfectly in your hand, your pocket, and your life. Call a friend, answer the phone, preview emails, and control videos without even touching this intelligent phone. Capture all the fun with the Samsung Galaxy S 4’s amazing camera, which can simultaneously shoot video with the front and rear cameras. Building off of the Samsung Galaxy S III’s popular Smart Stay feature, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 knows what you’re doing and intuitively moves along with you. Whenever you look away, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 makes sure to pause whatever you’re watching, so you don’t miss anything. Amazingly, Smart Pause resumes where you left off when you look back at the screen again. When you connect your Samsung Galaxy S 4 to your home entertainment system, it suggests different programs based on your preferences, provides program schedules, and does the channel surfing for you.”

    Note the use of the term Android, the term Google and Samsung use for Android/Linux, an actual operating system. That’s from an ad on Walmart.com

  12. bw says:

    Yes the OS is a differentiating feature

    Well then you should be able to find an add for one of these phones that uses the Android (or any other) OS as a selling point and tells the prospective customer that their OS is one of the reasons to buy. See what you can find. I can’t find any.

  13. bw says:

    If the OS did not matter, M$ would be all over the place because they have a lot of salesmen who know how to get feet in doors and twist arms

    I don’t see your logic at all. Microsoft is not “all over the place with their foot in every door” precisely because the OS is not a product sales point issue. With consumers not caring, Microsoft has none of the leverage that you bemoan constantly. People expect to see Windows on a PC, so the OEMs have to provide it and that gives Microsoft leverage. If no one cared, they would not pay a premium to have it. Hence, the OS does not matter for phones and tablets. Only the apps and they are available for all the platforms.

    Munich, for instance, had less training to do and fewer service tickets

    Ten years after starting out, they are still not finished and all you have are interim reports from self-serving individuals who are tooting their own horns about how smartly they performed. Munich involved some 15000 workstations, if I remember correctly, which is an infinitesimal fraction of the 300 plus million PCs being sold annually in what you want to call a disastrous year for PC makers. Yet year after year, the discussion is about Munich. Where are the tens of others or hundreds of others or thousands of others that it would take to get to 2% of the business if they did such a thing every year?

    Munich is just an anomaly and only serves to warn others away from such experimentation.

    The risks of migration are overplayed by M$’s salesmen. By its nature, FLOSS overcomes all obstacles

    I guess that is why these companies buy and re-buy the Microsoft products year after year after year. BTW, is Android actually “FLOSS” or is it just “OSS” I don’t see anyone falling over themselves trying to get the source out to the people here. Somehow the “FL” is disappearing from view.

  14. lpbbear says:

    If this post had been about “BW” it would be titled:

    “BW – Small Ideas In A Very Large Head”

  15. dougman says:

    OH, we’re keeping it real, unlike some of the “trolls” that come here.

    M$ maybe trying, but people have come to realize that what they offer is one big joke. M$ cannot make it “good”, so they make it LOOOK “good” and people have a real choice these days. It’s either innovate or get out of the way and unfortunately some would rather sue and extort then do that, make no mistake, everyone hates M$ for their past racketeering and arm-twisting.

    It is amazing how much M$ has held the world back, in locking up the market and now M$ cannot hold people back from better IT, much to their chagrin. The world is not beholden to the U.S. nor to M$ and people are beginning to open their eyes and unless M$ changes it’s ways, it is doomed.

  16. oiaohm says:

    bw in fact one of the big problems with Windows RT is the fact Microsoft rules tied Hardware makers rights to customise.

    bw lot of enterprise cost reductions with Linux come from the means to clone machines like mad. Microsoft activation system is causing a few issues.

  17. oiaohm says:

    bw in fact you are so badly wrong its not funny. HTC and Samsung and other Android makers customise the interface.

    Yes the OS is a differentiating feature. Problem is hardware makers have tones of choice without paying Microsoft.

  18. matchrocket says:

    bw wrote a long and wordy piece that started with the sentence: “That is a wrong view in my opinion.”

    You forgot bw, your opinion on this blog is worthless. Your opinion only matters to people who are hanging on Microsoft’s hook. They will agree with every word you write, but their opinions of FLOSS are also worthless. FLOSS is eroding their employability. At least as long as they are unwilling to learn a new skill set. They are the dinosaurs of IT.

  19. bw wrote, “The real situation is that the operating system software for phone and tablet devices is not a significant selling point for companies to differentiate their products. Microsoft has tried to make that happen and has not made much of a splash despite a lot of trying.”

    No, that’s not it. If the OS did not matter, M$ would be all over the place because they have a lot of salesmen who know how to get feet in doors and twist arms. The fact is that M$’s OS costs too much. The people who make small cheap computers can see the price of the OS and reject it.

    Android/Linux is FLOSS. The manufacturer can put whatever he wants alongside or over top of it and no one cares. The manufacturer can tweak hardware and software to their hearts’ content which is so much better than what happens when they use M$’s OS. It is about freedom for the OEMs.

    On GNU/Linux migrations, bw wrote, “A less kind description is that license costs have been replaced by in-house staff increases and change has resulted in a long term of chaos in the organization.”

    Nonsense. Every migration I have ever read about or experienced had a dramatic decrease in cost of operation besides licensing. Munich, for instance, had less training to do and fewer service tickets. A school division in Saskatchewan tripled number of PCs with no increase in staff and more free time for planning. The K-12 school I designed implemented more than 100 seats with no full-time IT person. GNU/Linux just works.

    bw also wrote, “Corporations, on the other hand, are the more major buyers of these PCs and they have a much more discerning eye as to the cost of changes that may disrupt their business operations. Here the savings are seen as miniscule compared to the risks and migrations are rare.”

    Not so. IBM reports many businesses have migrated and slashed cost of maintenance per PC per annum dramatically. Businesses have become the major buyers of legacy PCs because of the consumers flight to easier to manage small cheap computers. Businesses are doing that too because many love mobile computing and others allow workers to BYOD. The risks of migration are overplayed by M$’s salesmen. By its nature, FLOSS overcomes all obstacles.

  20. bw says:

    Linux is taking the central stage.

    That is a wrong view in my opinion. The real situation is that the operating system software for phone and tablet devices is not a significant selling point for companies to differentiate their products. Microsoft has tried to make that happen and has not made much of a splash despite a lot of trying.

    People buy these devices because they have distinctive styling or price points or application level features that do not depend on the OS at all. They do not refuse to buy a phone because it does not have iOS and they do not buy it because it does have Android. They look to other attributes when making a decision since all these devices do pretty much the same things in the same way and have the same apps available from the same authors. There is no “center stage” at all. There is no show to be seen.

    For you guys, the more important question is whether this is ever going to translate into Linux PCs in the classic sense becoming available in traditional outlet channels. I don’t think so, but there is room to argue if you want to keep the discussion on some useful topics.

    So, keep it real if you can.

    There have been a number of migrations featured in the Linux advocacy annals where some major consumer of PCs has opted to go with Linux for the future. Can that tell you anything about how that might happen in the future?

    Even a cursory look shows that those who have changed have a) bragged of “savings” in the form of future cost avoidances and b) tried to describe the migration as an orderly process due to the diligence and effective planning performed by the author of the description. A less kind description is that license costs have been replaced by in-house staff increases and change has resulted in a long term of chaos in the organization. Both sides can often point to the same facts to prove their claims.

    My own view, which you will surely disagree with, is that these migrations have been sold to organizations mostly in the public service sector, such as the Munich city council and a number of similar agencies, French police for example, or to school systems, such as all the war stories presented here by Pogson. At the end of the day, though, the totality of these migrations is just a drop in the bucket on the cosmic scale of the hundreds of millions of PCs produced and sold annually in the world.

    I think that one of the prime motivators for any such change is the “lock-in” envisioned by the IT staff involved in the process. They do worry about being marginalized by continued simplification and opportunities to out source their jobs. Around the industry there is a sort of sneering contempt for the “point and click artists” who are said to administer Windows environments as opposed to the fire-breathing professionals who grep and awk and xterm with aplomb. I think that they see a switch to Linux as building in job security for as long as they may feel the urge to work. They find a ready audience in the form of government bureaucrats who can polish up their own image as diligent custodians of the public treasury and really do not have to worry about any possible decline in services if the change encounters any problems since people are stuck with what government they have and can only even try to change things over a number of years, giving them plenty of time to blame things on somebody else.

    Corporations, on the other hand, are the more major buyers of these PCs and they have a much more discerning eye as to the cost of changes that may disrupt their business operations. Here the savings are seen as miniscule compared to the risks and migrations are rare.

  21. bw says:

    Ok, so lets get this straight

    OK. Check http://www.ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=walter+mitty

    Wal·ter Mit·ty (wôl′tər mĭtē)
    n.
    An ordinary, often ineffectual person who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs.

    Straight enough?

  22. dougman says:

    Ok, so lets get this straight.

    BW would not fire someone for incompetence, due from lack of properly securing company information from hard drives being tossed in trash, but agreeing and allowing an incompetent IT admin to risk exposing a company to a lawsuit?

    Now that we understand that part, BW posts are what ‘matchrocket’ states “worthless”

  23. oiaohm says:

    bw when in places that are IT hostile. You cannot leave computers in rooms. Heck even leaving your charger behind can be hazard.

    Phone size device has some key advantages over a tablet. It fits in pocket so is simpler to keep on person. Yes hostile and insecure areas this is a requirement.

    Hybrid phone tablet device have existed in the past bw. So the edge is not the first generation of this. But the edge is the first with decent size storage.

    This is the problem Microsoft Surface RT is chasing the tail of the past. Bw ask your self if you were in a data hostile area like some parts of china where people cleaning your room will raid you devices for money how effective is the Surface RT. There are reasons why stick computers are popular in some of those places as well.

    The edge is a stick computer merged with phone.

    The edge is also the fusion I have been talking about. Even if the edge does not come into existence more phones with the OS configured the way it is will appear.

    Ubuntu for Android a little while back changed from Android booting then starting Ubuntu to Ubuntu starting then booting up Android. Since one Linux has already done this more Linux distributions can.

    bw the hardest thing for you to get is the move to true graphical on Linux has started.

    Linux Desktop based on X11 really was legacy from the time of Unix. bw you should have been taking note of BSD and other screaming about who is in charge changing.

    Linux is taking the central stage. If the edge is successful it will allow Linux to go after the high end market. Apples market head on. Problem is this is shutting down Apple and Microsoft escape routes. Neither of them can directly fight on price. There was the hope that both Apple and Microsoft had the money advantage behind them to invest in the latest and greatest before Linux. The fall of that advantage is high hazard to both Microsoft and Apple future.

  24. matchrocket says:

    You’re the Microsoft troll bw. That makes you the liar. You shouldn’t go around calling other people liars. It only draws attention to your lying self.

  25. bw says:

    The current M$ idiot admin was fired

    Careful, Pinocchio!

    I don’t even believe the dumpster diving part.

  26. dougman says:

    When the phone is placed in the dock, you see a full desktop, not some cut-down tiled interface like Windows Return-IT. When you yank it out of the dock, you revert to Android, how simple is that?

    So what if no cable is involved, your retirement check can’t float a few bucks? In all honesty BW, you’re grasping at toothpicks here.

    What’s wrong with using a mouse for a HMI? Perhaps you don’t know how to use one, here is a handy guide: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-use-your-computer-mouse.html

    Crappy you say? The majority of bundled software that comes pre-installed with Windows is ‘crappy’, otherwise said ‘crappy’ software will not be installed, they must PAY M$ and or the OEM, to install it on each computer shipped.

    Sorry, you seem to think that it’s stupid in using old computers and installing Ubuntu or some other Linux distribution, so Joe Public’s kid can use a computer that they normally wouldn’t have.

    Off topic story but relevant since you brought the subject up:

    I was called to pitch my services and review some hardware, but before I walked in, I noticed a pile of PC’s on the loading dock. I enquired and the IT idiot was tossing them out, I gave the dock guy $20 to hold them and that I would be back in 30-mins to grab them, the dock guy was like “Ok, cool brother”

    Pitched my spiel, shook hands and walked out to recover my tiny treasure, loaded them in my truck and took them home. Cracked them open and all the computers still had drives inside!!! None were wiped! BTW: I recommend the shop saw or this: http://www.dban.org/

    On all instances, I was able to install Ubuntu even ones with faulty motherboards (DELL) that had bulged caps, Windows would not install. Go figure.

    So I cleaned one up really well, removed ALL the drives, boxed them up, took them back to the business owner and explained to him what happened. I even booted the dust free PC and showed him how to use Linux.

    The current M$ idiot admin was fired, and I landed a contract. C’est la vie

  27. bw says:

    Once the Edge comes out, or something like it you won’t need a PC at home, you would just need to supply a screen, a HDMI cable and port

    I noticed that, too. Nothing in the offer to supply that, too. One thought that comes to mind is that, if you do all that, what you end up with is something akin to the Microsoft Surface RT or Win8, namely a phone interface that you run with a mouse or else a slow PC with Linux and a bunch of crappy applications, just as if you had resurrected an old PC out of the trash bin and loaded it with Ubuntu.

    Where’s the attraction in that?

  28. bw says:

    So, Canonical is damned if they make money and damned if they don’t. Interesting view of reality…

    Another way of putting it is “You can’t get into the game by checking the bet!” This is hardly a shoestring sort of business.

    So, I would bet Canonical has a sure thing

    A difference of opinion is what sparks the horse race, eh? Well, 28 days to go now. They are out of the chute fast, at least based on the stated goal, which may or may not be realistic, but we will see if they can keep up the pace.

  29. bw wrote, “it is seeing if there are enough Linux crazies in the world to actually give them a chance at making a profit without risking their own capital.”

    So, Canonical is damned if they make money and damned if they don’t. Interesting view of reality…

    We know there are more than enough users of GNU/Linux to want that software on their phones. The only question is will they offer money, quite a bit, for a premium phone. Statistics show the premium Android phones sell better than the cheaper ones, especially in established markets. So, I would bet Canonical has a sure thing.

  30. dougman says:

    BW, the bridge player and arm-chair computer seer, sees Ubuntu Edge failing as he thinks its “kludge” and Linux is run by crazies, however he fails to comprehend that his comments are “worthless” and to mention he “doesn’t think”, who didn’t know that.

    Canonical is very smart in crowd-sourcing this, as in doing so they create a limited production run, driving demands and showing to other smartphone OEMs just what can be done.

    BW, if you watched the video, Mark even stated that they are not in the ‘smartphone’ business, but want to show the world what can be done with the proper mindset, skills and ideas. This kind of innovation is what we need to see.

    “Today there are very few people who decide what will go into the next generation of handsets. And they can’t possible get it right all the time. With crowdfunding, we can connect the passionate forward-thinking types directly to manufacturers.”

    Unlike Microsoft, Canonical has no plans to stay in the hardware market after this test run of devices. The company plans to break even in this project, though obviously it will benefit by raising awareness of the Ubuntu Edge.

    Ubuntu sees two potential users of Ubuntu Edge: early adopting consumers and the organizations that wish to use the product as a combined smartphone and a sort of thin-client device to power worker desktops.

    The Ubuntu Edge is a unique smartphone design in that it would be the first that could be used as a smartphone as well as a full-fledged personal computer, when docked to a monitor with an HDMI cable and linked to an optional keyboard and mouse.

    Canonical’s idea is that the user can use the phone when out and about, but switch to a PC when docked, thereby consolidating two devices into a single one.

    “If you only have to buy one set of RAM, CPU and storage and CPU for your phone, your tablet and your PC, there are enormous savings there in doing that,” Shuttleworth said. “If developers only have to target one platform, there are enormous benefits for them.”

    “This will be the first phone you can connect to a screen and get a full PC experience,” Shuttleworth said. The Ubuntu Edge would dual boot both the Ubuntu desktop OS and Android.

    “To make it happen, we’ll have to smash every record in crowd-funding history,” said Shuttleworth. “It’s a crazy, beautiful idea.”

    Unfortunately, M$ and Apple rather sue competitors, which just makes them both look like lazy idiots. Both M$ and Apple could have done something like this but NOPE, they rather go the extortion and thermonuclear-war option.

    In less than three days, they have reached 17.1% and I have a suspect that Canonical will reach their goal before the time is up.

    Once the Edge comes out, or something like it you won’t need a PC at home, you would just need to supply a screen, a HDMI cable and port.

    Less cost for you, less work to maintain and very convenient. Think of it as BYOD on a new level. 🙂

  31. bw says:

    Well, here is a test of sorts, eh? One sort of wonders why Canonical doesn’t have the courage of its own convictions so as to put up the development money and try to sell this kludge to the world. Instead it is seeing if there are enough Linux crazies in the world to actually give them a chance at making a profit without risking their own capital.

    I guess the contribution levels that do not give the donor a phone at the end of the day are some sort of frosting on their cake. The bulk of their commitment is from people who are trying to pre-order a phone. I don’t think that they are going to be very happy, win or lose, given the market dynamics of this business.

    My prediction is that it will fail. We only have 28 days to go to see.

  32. dougman says:

    In thinking about this further, the same methodology could be also be integrated with tablets as well, especially if you do not want a phone.

    There is no reason any other OEM will not tackle this and offer it as well, especially if there is a huge demand, which there is.

    10% funded in 24-hours!

    “We hit $1 million in under five hours, and $2 million not long after that. We’ve now passed the 10% line, which shows just how much demand there is out there for the Edge’s radical new approach to mobile technology.”

    The closest thing I have seen to what Canonical is doing is the AirDroid App.

    http://airdroid.com/

    In other non-relevant news, Windows 8 phone is not doing so well.

    http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/12/4516894/microsoft-windows-phone-8-updates

    http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/23/microsoft-tells-windows-phone-fans-to-chill-in-response-to-complaints-more-updates-coming-this-year/

    Windows 8 phone is NOT something you want, because the thing is already two years out of date at launch and it is not expected to get updates until sometime ins 2014. Can you say DOA??

    Microsoft wonders why they are struggling just to hang onto the customers they have…..only if those employee’s, trolls and apologists, could spend less time online defending their company and more time with innovation.

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