View Full Version : Ubuntu Mobile - Why did it die?

July 14th, 2010, 10:45 PM
I bumped across this Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_Mobile) while looking for a linux distro for an old HP Ipaq Pocket PC. Closest thing I found was Familiar linux, but I was like... wow! Ubuntu on a pocket pc? A true dream! :D

So why did it die and all references get pulled from ubuntu.com? :p
Seemed like an awesome project imo...

July 14th, 2010, 11:15 PM
It costs a lot to launch a new platform for mobile phones/smartphones, so you generally need a very rich company behind it: So you have the Symbians and the Androids and all the other popular names. I suppose the closest 'thing' would be Android.

July 15th, 2010, 12:04 PM
The Ubuntu dev community decided to back Android. There has been alot done to make Ubuntu compatible with Android and you will see alot more in the next few releases.

July 15th, 2010, 12:21 PM
As the legendary sage Colbert the Great once said "The market has spoken."

July 15th, 2010, 12:41 PM
Wow...I had never heard of this either. But apparently people used to talk about it here.

Ubuntu mobile for iphone/ ipod touch? (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=742323)

Ubuntu Mobile vs OpenMoko: Overlap but not quite the same? (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=508246)

Ubuntu Mobile Browser Emulators (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1370054)

Ubuntu Mobile / MID / Moblin port (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1029833)

Ubuntu Mobile on Archos 5? (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1013533)

ubuntu mobile compatible devices (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=718407)

While the idea of it sounds fun...it definately would not be practical. As said above, it would be quite an undertaking. It would cost a ton of money to get it to be popular and to convice people to try it.

I do wonder if there is an .ISO somewhere to download and possibly play with in a virtual machine.

EDIT: Found it... http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/mobile/releases/hardy/