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    Ubuntu Native Application to Compete with Apple

    Where is Ubuntu with creating native applications such as mail, browser, etc.? I'm asking while assuming this is obviously in the works, seeing as how it's obviously one of the major components to actually competing with Apple.

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    Re: Ubuntu Native Application to Compete with Apple

    From what I have read and heard the only apps in which will come from Canonical and the Ubuntu Community are the ones already in place like your Ubuntu One and App Store. There is no point in building something like a dedicated email application when there are already so many good ones like Thunderbird, Evolution and Geary. Plus another thing to consider is when Apple builds an application it is proprietary which means only Apple systems can use it, whereas if Canonical did something like build an email client it would more then likely be open source and licensed under the GPL which means any other community project if they liked it could use it. Then the application is no longer an Ubuntu only thing.

    Remember the key in competition with Apple and Microsoft is not to build a platform in the same way they do, the goal is to gain popularity through being unique, that is what truly will bring people to the platform.
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    Re: Ubuntu Native Application to Compete with Apple

    There will be unity 8 native apps in 14.04+, like the new control centre, probably the file manager, and more to be expected in the future.

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    Re: Ubuntu Native Application to Compete with Apple

    I think that it is true to say that even with Ubuntu phone/tablet apps that the applications are community developed and maintenance is going to be (if not already) handed over to the community. There is an email client as part of the core apps project but development is discontinued.

    https://launchpad.net/ubuntu-emailclient-app

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    Re: Ubuntu Native Application to Compete with Apple

    Why would you want Ubuntu to waste time making its own web browser in this day and age? At best we'd end up with yet-another-webkit-browser with purple and orange accents which 90% of us would kick to the curb and replace with Firefox or Chrome at the first sign of a rendering bug.

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