Re: Now that the Ubuntu Edge has failed can we please stop with the mobile stuff?
You're kidding, right?
1. The Edge was a super-premium smartphone, and the price probably put a few people off. I didn't pledge a dollar, not only because I'm skint but also because my priorities have changed away from having a superphone and more towards "having a midrange phone and paying off some debts". If this was a regular $300 Ubuntu phone I would have pledged the whole amount for it. I can't be alone.
2. Not many people want to pay $700 now for something that wont be delivered until next year, by a company that has never made hardware before. And let's face it, Canonical doesn't have a good history of seeing a project through to completion.
3. Bloomberg was interested to the tune of $80,000, as were thousands of other enthusiasts who raised more than 10 million dollars. That's not "nobody".
4. The market will decide if the Ubuntu phone is worthwhile. So far the market has not had a chance to see an Ubuntu phone. Carriers all over the world are interested in the platform, at least enough to want a seat at the table.
5. A multi-device strategy makes sense. The halo effect is useful. It doesn't make sense to stick to one market that is stagnating when there is still time to carve a slice of a growth market.
6. I would like to see more excitement on the desktop, really, but this will come naturally as mobile features get ported across to the desktop.
I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.