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Jhosman Lizarazo: Lanzamiento de Canonical por $ 32 millones para campaña de Crowdfunding de Ubuntu Phone

Canonical esperae dar un impulso a la carrera de super-teléfono con 32.000.000 dólares campaña crowdfunding audaz.

Patrocinador comercial de Ubuntu es el objetivo de recaudar fondos para el desarrollo y la producción de un nuevo Ubuntu-marca móvil llamado #UbuntuEdge durante los próximos 30 días.

Ubuntu Edge será más que “sólo” un teléfono inteligente – que va a ser un ‘super-teléfono, lo suficientemente potente como para hacer doble como un PC tradicional cuando está conectado a un monitor externo. Esto, dicen Canonical, hará que sea “el primer dispositivo verdaderamente convergente del mundo ‘.

Pero primero $ 32 millones tiene que deberán reunirse en los próximos 30 días. Si se cumple este objetivo los teléfonos Ubuntu Edge se producirán en una edición limitada de producción de 40.000 e hizo disponible en mayo de 2014.

Especificaciones de Ubuntu Edge

Ubuntu Edge no habrá ningún ol ‘run-of-the-mill móvil. Canonical están elaborando un dispositivo de comunicación que es de alta costura, quieren fuera de Apple.

Las normas provisionales para ello cuenta con componentes de gama alta, algunos casi nunca se usan en los móviles de los consumidores.

  • ‘Multi-core CPU’
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB SSD
  • 4.5″ Sapphire Crystal screen (1280×720 HD resolution)
  • Dual cameras (8mp rear, 2mp front)
  • MHL connector (supporting HDMI)
  • Long-life silicon anode battery
  • Dual-LTE, NFC, Dual-band WiFi & Bluetooth 4
  • GPS, Barometer, Compass, Proximity Sensor, Gyro, etc

Sabio OS Ubuntu Edge, tal vez lo más sorprendente que se arranque dual Ubuntu Touch y Android. Será capaz de alimentar una experiencia de escritorio Ubuntu completa en un monitor externo.

Video Promocional

La mayor campaña promocional de todos los tiempos

El proyecto, en vivo por IndieGoGo, es el único mayor campaña de crowdfunding en la historia.

El Pebble smartwatch – hasta la fecha el más exitoso recaudador de fondos – tiene más de $ 10 millones de dólares en Kickstarter de 68.929 partidarios, muchos de los cuales eran promesas de más de $ 100. Canonical necesita 40.000 partidarios de “pre-compra” de un teléfono de 810 dólares para cumplir su objetivo.

Aunque la campaña no logra su objetivo aún podría ser útil al demostrar demanda. Si esto lo suficientemente alto como podría boya el interés de las compañías de telecomunicaciones más cautelosos y fabricantes de teléfonos.

Mark Shuttleworth concluye que inorder para hacer el futuro de la telefonía móvil convergente suceder que tendrán que “… romper todos los registros de crowdfunding historia.

“Pero si hay suficientes entusiastas que quieren lo último en rendimiento, almacenamiento, pantalla, batería y ancho de banda, Ubuntu Edge será el catalizador para la innovación impresionante, y una muestra del futuro del teléfono.”

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Randall Ross: Community Leadership Summit 2013 – Setup

In the wee hours of Saturday morning and running only on caffeine the crew was hard at work getting CLS 13 ready for the hundreds of attendees from around the world. I managed to snap a few impromptu photos with my Ubuntu Phone between setup duties.

The intractable schedule board! It’s amazing how the seemingly small details take so long to finish. Here, the crew puts finishing touches on the day’s session schedule. It took four of us over an hour to make this:

My crew-mate and I were instructed by Jono to “tape down anything that people might trip over.” After carefully scouting the rooms for loose cables, we discovered a previously overlooked but huge hazard and dealt with it…

Mission accomplished.

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Specifications: Correct when writing, Gentle when reading

I got a BlackBerry Z10 a few days ago.

I had not tried to use it as my main phone until yesterday since it needed a MicroSIM and i had a regular one.

Yesterday I got myself a MicroSIM and put it on the device to find out I could not access the 3G data network.

No problem, my operator has a website where you put the make and model of the phone and they send a SMS to the phone that autoconfigures it.
I went there and was surprised to see there was no BlackBerry listed at all.

OK, time to write the APN settings by hand, so I went to the Settings and started to look where to write the APN details, found them and realized they were disabled(greyed out) so I could not write the correct values.

After lots of searching I have come to understand that the phone obeys a indicator of the SIM that can say “I know how to connect to 3G data, no need to letting the user edit it” and when that happens, the BlackBerry Z10 happily complies and locks you out from editing them.

Problem is, my operator SIMs are wrong, they say “I know how to connect to 3G data, no need to letting the user edit it” and then provide wrong data.

And BOOM! I have a nice paperweight worth 600€

BlackBerry fan forums are full of people that say “BlackBerry is just doing what the spec says, blame your operator”.

I say to them “I’ve used that SIM in Apple devices, Samsung devices and Nokia devices and had never any problem connecting to the Internet”. Because the manufacturers were smart enough to let me edit the APN settings and write there the correct values if I wanted.

And this brings us to one of the mantras of engineering, be Correct when writing stuff but be Gentle when reading. It’s good the BlackBerry browser is following that mantra, otherwise you’d hardly be able to render any webpage.

So people at BlackBerry, please come of your senses and let people edit stuff. This way maybe I’ll get to use your device and people around me will see it and will want to buy one.

Otherwise I’ll just wait until the Ubuntu Phone is a bit more usable and start using it. It may not be as polished (at the moment) but at least it’s open source and I can fix crazy stuff like this.

From: http://tsdgeos.blogspot.com/2013/04/specifications-correct-when-writing.html

Coffice – Calligra on Android available now


Coffice (Calligra Office or coffee-in-office) is a new project that tries to make Calligra available on mobile platforms like Android, Blackberry 10, Jolla SailfishOS and Ubuntu Phone.

With the MeeGo-saga, where Calligra was the office suite that Nokia shipped with the N9, a huge chunk of focus went on trimming Calligra for mobile platforms, improving performance and compatibility with ISO OpenDocument (ODF) and Microsoft Office formats (binary and XML). When MeeGo got finished focus shifted to other platforms. Our always present Linux Desktop got extended with a great port to Windows and Krita Scetch, both done by KO GmbH. More then a year ago we also saw a first port of Calligra on Android that unfortunately never got polished enough to be published on Android’s app-store(s).

Meanwhile I had the luck to build up Qt on Android expertise thanks to my employer KDAB.

Enter Coffice.

The Goals

Unlikely previous attemps that always tried to bring a 1:1 port of Calligra to mobile platforms including all dependencies I defined different goals. Those are:

* Focus on a Calligra Words (word processor) ODT viewer. Since bringing a whole Office suite to another platforms is a huge task and I am a small team I had to focus. Later on I plan to add doc/docx support, editing, saving and Calligra Sheets (spreadsheets) and Calligra Stage (presentations).

* Slim! Ever since ~10 years ago now when I joined KOffice/Calligra the size of the suite is overwhelming. A huge chunk is Calligra itself, that consists of a dozend of very specialized applications. That I addressed with my focus on Words, on a selected number of plugins. The other reason for that size are the dependencies. Among them kdelibs and all it drags in. During MeeGo-times we handled that with a slim hand-modified kdelibs but decided very fast that’s the wrong way. Instead we got or will get what is commonly known yet as kdeframeworks. A much more modular kdelibs that solves the huge chunk of dependencies that are dragged on to other platforms where we (as app developers) are not particular interested in Linux Desktop integration but more into the platform that app runs on.

Work Done

* Coffice uses qmake rather then cmake. I decided for qmake cause qmake works out of the box on all mobile platforms that are supported by Qt. If cmake is too it may make sense to change to cmake (or not) – don’t have a string opinion there. Its a tool to reach the goal.

* Coffice is 100% Qt-only. For that I introduced the coffice/fake library which maps kdelibs-API direct to Qt without all the functionality, without dbus, without daemons, etc. In most cases not even with implementation at all. Its a thin-layer to get Calligra or …read more
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José Antonio Rey: Secure Credentials Storage on the Phone – On Air!

Hello, all!

I’d like to invite you to an Ubuntu on Air! event, about Secure Credentials Storage on the Phone. This event will be taking place on Thursday 28th March 2013, at 15:30 UTC. This will be to explain how secure credentials storage works on the phone system, and to map out a route forward. You can check the blueprint and the mailing list thread for more information on the topic.

Everyone is invited to attend to the event, but if you feel your participation should go on-air, please email the Ubuntu on Air! team at onair AT ubuntu DOT com explaining why you should go on-air, along with your Google+ profile link. We will work on this along with the Ubuntu Phone team to decide who should go on-air as we have limited slots (around 5 or less), and we will get in touch with you as soon as we have a response.

If you have any doubts feel free to send us an email.

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Elizabeth Krumbach: Ubuntu at SCaLE11x

This year marked the 3rd Southern California Linux Expo I’ve attended, and once again it didn’t disappoint. The first year I gave a talk at the Ubucon and helped with the booth over the weekend, last year I gave a talk at Ubucon, one at the conference itself and then ran the Ubuntu booth, an exhausting combination that I swore I wouldn’t repeat. This year I scaled back to just a talk at Ubucon and providing some of the materials for the Ubuntu booth.

Ubucon this year was run by Richard Gaskin of Fourth World Systems. I was contacted a couple months ago and signed up to do an Ubuntu in the Cloud talk (slides here) where I covered some of the options for running Ubuntu “in the cloud” and introduced folks to DevStack as an easy mechanism for trying out and beginning to learn about OpenStack. Unfortunately I was struggling my way through a nasty cold all weekend so it wasn’t the optimal situation for giving a talk, but the audience was great.

Due to my cold, I ended up just camping out at Ubucon all day instead of exploring other tracks and was witness to a full day of standing room only sessions. Talks included David Rodriguez on using Ubuntu in an continuous integration enterprise environment, Aviv Meraro on hardware compatibility, Philip Ballew on finding help in Ubuntu and Richard Gaskin talking about the soon to be open sourced Live Code language and development environment. The day wrapped up with a presentation by Jono Bacon of the Ubuntu Phone.

Friday night a few of us headed down to the expo hall to begin setting up the Ubuntu booth, after which I grabbed some take-out from the hotel deli and headed up to my room to get some rest.

Saturday was the first full day of the expo hall and SCaLE proper talks. I’m really happy with how the booth came out this year, and System76 was kind enough to offer some systems for us to run as demo machines. The Ubuntu logo + California candy dishes got a number of laughs, kudos to Eric P. Scott for his cleverness there.

The team also lucked out in having Nathan Haines join the booth volunteers, along with his phone running Ubuntu! It was a great opportunity for visitors to the booth to finally get hands on with the phone, that’s also how I had my chance.

In all, a great weekend for Ubuntu at SCaLE! Huge thanks to all the booth volunteers who kept things staffed all weekend.

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Stephen Michael Kellat: Paradigm Shifting Without A Clutch

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Within the Ubuntu realm there have been some dramatic changes that have erupted at the end of February 2013. The first shift was that the Ubuntu Developer Summit has shifted to an electronic-only format with the first one in the new style set to launch within a week of announcement. The second shift was the announcement that rolling releases are under formal consideration with that release paradigm change being under consideration at the hastily-announced event.

Where is the Ubuntu realm going? If you have the answer to that, you are among a select few. For the various flavors such as Xubuntu, Kubuntu, and Lubuntu this is perhaps a systemic shock as the main flavor is now making fairly radical changes that may or may not fit with the goals of the flavor projects. The main line of Ubuntu is seeking convergence where it dominates the desktop, the tablet, and the phone. Rolling releases will presumably be needed to keep up with the fast-paced phone realm.

This is a bit of a change. Is the desktop where the future of computing is headed? Is the desktop going away in favor of pocket computers that somewhere inside still have a tiny amount of circuitry that results in them being called “phones”? That much is uncertain. The gamble being made by Canonical as it adds yet another mobile operating system to an already crowded space is that that is where things are headed. As noted by Anna Leach on The Register earlier in February, total planet-wide sales of cellular phones declined 1.7% last year. Half of all cellular phones on the planet sold in 2012 were made by one of the following three manufacturers/design bureaus: Apple, Samsung, Nokia.

Right now there is a bit of a rupture as to where Ubuntu and its flavors are progressing. That is unfortunate. There remains quite a bit of uncertainty in the market and no clear breakthrough leads yet that are truly destroying one segment of the market for another. The desktop is not dead and the cell phone seems mature/stagnant in terms of innovation at the moment.

Between the UDS changes and the rolling releases proposal, we are effectively rolling the dice. As a user of Xubuntu on a BeagleBoard-xM, I have to watch the development of the rolling release proposal very carefully to see if I am not left behind as Personal Package Archives (PPAs) do not build for ARM architecture routinely. My board is already considered unsupported but I would still like some flavor of Ubuntu, preferably Xubuntu, to still be able to boot on it. Indicators currently are not pointing towards that but towards a major drive now to get Ubuntu Phone ready and live as soon as possible.

Let us all hope that this roll of the dice is the right one.

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'Ubuntu Touch Port-a-Thon': 25 devices and counting

Just two days after Canonical’s launch of Ubuntu Linux for tablets, the company released the developer’s preview image it had promised for both tablets and phones.

With images and installation instructions for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets as well as smartphones including the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus, the preview release was designed to show “how well the vision of a design family across different form factors works,” as Ubuntu developer Daniel Holbach explained in a blog post last Friday.

Much the way Canonical recently solicited the community’s help in designing and creating a set of basic open source apps that will come preloaded on Ubuntu Phone devices, so it is now asking those with access to any of these four Nexus devices to help test the Ubuntu Touch preview images on them.

For all others, it has launched what it calls the Ubuntu Touch Port-a-thon.

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Benjamin Kerensa: Firefox OS and Ubuntu Touch: Who Will Prevail at MWC13?

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We are all aware of the current mobile duopoly which is iOS and Android, but at the Mobile World Congress or MWC13, as its commonly being called, there will be a line up of two platforms that attendees will be eager to have a look at: Firefox OS and Ubuntu. Indeed there will be other contenders like Tizen and Sailfish OS, but let’s be honest, if any two open source platforms have a chance of breaking up the mobile duopoly, the best bet is in Firefox OS and Ubuntu Touch.

So between Firefox OS and Ubuntu Touch which platform will have the most buzz? I’m betting on Firefox OS considering their platform is mature. has a great line up of apps, and perhaps the better development tools when compared to Ubuntu Touch, which seems to be building its platform on using a mashup of Cyanogenmod and demo applications that are mostly just a UI shell and for all purposes are demoware.


I have tried out the Ubuntu Touch image on a Galaxy Nexus device. I have also had multiple opportunities to test the Firefox OS platform on development devices, Comparing the two, I found the Firefox OS UI not only to be much faster and more fluid to the Touch, but months ago, when I was playing around with Firefox OS, it was much more mature than the Ubuntu Touch platform is today.


Firefox OS already has a impressive line up of apps available in the Firefox Marketplace, many of which are officially supported by the service providers. Ubuntu Touch mostly has non-functional demo applications and has no official support from the likes of Twitter, Evernote and other major services. In fact, just a few days ago I asked someone at Canonical whether they even had permission to use the  trademarked branding of Twitter, Facebook and Skype and they had no clue and thought that the trademark policies of these brands would openly allow them to use the brands and make a show like there was official support from these brands for the Ubuntu Touch platform.

Development Advocacy

Firefox OS set out from the start to not only provide excellent developer tools to contributors but also to host events worldwide to support and accelerate app development by supporting its local communities worldwide through the Mozilla Reps program. Ubuntu has yet to use and empower its LoCo’s (Local Communities) to host events and bring potential developers into the fold.

Firefox OS boasts a emulator for the Ubuntu Desktop yet Ubuntu Phone has no comparable emulator so developers can test their apps and see how they function.


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Randall Ross: On Friday "We're Going to Jam!" Ubuntu On Air

A special episode of “Ubuntu on Air” entitled “We’re Going to Jam!” will be presented this Friday Feb 22nd 2013 at 20:00UTC. (Time conversion is here: http://ur1.ca/cvbn5 )

During this session, I will be fielding your questions about the “Ubuntu Global Jam”, as well as providing tips & tricks for hosting (or being part of) a successful event. I will be joined by guests who have organized Jams and will reveal their secrets. We’ll talk about ideas for Jams, including Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet.

I hope you’ll watch and participate too! The session will be online at:


Thanks and “see” you soon!

Please forward this message to anyone you feel would be interested and out to your social nets too…

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Randall Ross: Ubuntu Global Jam – With Phones! With Tablets!

Would you like to see (or show) the Ubuntu Phone or Ubuntu Tablet in person? Come to the Ubuntu Global Jam!

The Ubuntu Global Jam happening on March 1, 2, 3 (2013) is your chance to see (or to show others) how amazing Ubuntu is on these devices.

I have received confirmation that the flashing instructions will be ready before (and in preparation for) the Jam weekend, so get ready! Do you have a “Galaxy Nexus” or a “Galaxy Nexus 4″ phone? Do you have a “Nexus 7” or “Nexus 10” tablet? Bring them!

Up until now, most readers of Ubuntu Planet (and most journalists too) have only seen these devices in videos. The Ubuntu Global Jam is our chance to change that.

Be an Ubuntu Advocate. Give a great demo. (If you are planning to bring your phone or tablet to the event, please add the word “phone” or “tablet” or both to the event description at http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/global/2221/detail/ )

Be an Ubuntu supporter. Find people in your town/city that enjoy Ubuntu and spend some time with them.

Don’t see an event near your city/town? You can help fix that! Please add your event to the LoCo Team Portal http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/global/2221/detail/ so the world can start seeing all the amazing things that you’re doing for Ubuntu.

Thanks in advance for participating in the Ubuntu Global Jam!

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Ronnie Tucker: Full Circle Side-Pod Episode Thirteen: That’s How it Feels To Be Wrong

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Full Circle Side-Pod Episode Thirteen: That’s How it Feels To Be Wrong

In this episode, Ubuntu Phone and TV.

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Show Notes

01:52 | WELCOME and INTRO


  • Dave has been blogging
  • Ed got a Galaxy Nexus 4
  • Alan has been on Kickstarter in place of the shopping channels, the latest delivery being the Digisparc.
  • Robin rashly took on the Full Circle Magazine Audio Edition (coming soon)

14:46 | Catch-up with UDS and 13.04 Mid-Cycle Sprint with Alan, and we discuss rolling releases.

22:43 | Ubuntu Phone – the gloves are off!
In a video released over the New Year, Mark Shuttleworth demos the new Ubuntu Phone operating system.

In a glossy, well produced (if slightly long 8mins 37secs), Canonical founder and CTO Mark Shuttleworth talks us through Ubuntu Phone, An Industry Proposition, a product he hopes will challenge iOS, Android and now Tizen in the mobile market.

Some of the key features:

  • Ubuntu distilled from TV and desktop
  • ‘Welcome screen’ not lock screen
  • One-handed operation using all four screen edges
  • Full swipe gesture control
  • Bottom edge for show/hide buttons
  • Show Unity Dash any time using left swipe
  • Go to previous app using right swipe
  • Full customisation of home screen
  • Ubuntu Software Centre for mobile apps
  • UbuntuOne cloud storage built in.
  • Native Apps built in QT framework

Ed’s links:

1.07:10 | Ubuntu TV: 

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John Baer: Ubuntu Phone – Connecting the Dots

The thought of running Ubuntu on my phone has crossed my mind a time or two this past year and now it looks like this may be feasible in the near future.

As great as the Ubuntu Phone sounds, I have to consider how this is going to be successful in today’s mobile market.


The good news is smart phone usage is up in many regions. Almost half (49.7%) of U.S. mobile subscribers now own smartphones. According to Nielsen this marks an increase of 38% over last year as in February of 2011 only 36% of mobile subscribers owned smartphones. This growth is driven by increasing smartphone adoption, as more than two-thirds of those who acquired a new mobile device in the last three months chose a smartphone over a feature phone. As illustrated below, Android continues to dominate as the favorite smartphone OS.

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On the down side, while smartphones have gone mainstream in the US adoption among emerging countries is still developing. According to new research from Nielsen, China is the only country among the high-growth BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) markets where smartphones are predominant (as of the first half of 2012). In contrast, feature phones which are not suitable for Ubuntu are still dominant in India, Russia and there’s no clear favorite type of mobile device in Brazil with mobile ownership split between feature phones and smartphones.

Other entrants to the 2013 party

When the Ubuntu Phone becomes available it will not be the only new Linux entrant to the party.


Tizen is an open source software platform targeted to devices such as smartphones, tablets, netbooks, in-vehicle infotainment devices, and smart TVs. The Tizen project resides within the Linux Foundation and is based on HTML5. Tizen has confirmed hardware support from Samsung.


Sailfish is a Linux-based operating system for smartphones and other mobile devices.It traces its history to the highly praised MeeGo OS by Nokia. SailFish has confirmed support from the Chinese retailer D.Phone and Finland’s third-largest mobile carrier ST-Ericsson.

Firefox OS

Firefox OS is a mobile operating system developed by the Mozilla’s Boot to Gecko (B2G) project. It uses a Linux kernel and boots into a Gecko-based runtime engine which lets users run applications developed in HTML, JavaScript, and other open web APIs. Mozilla has confirmed hardware support from ZTE who has announced plans to offer a Firefox OS phone in 2013 with details to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress.

The Importance of Apps

There are now more than 675,000 apps available from Google Play, a figure worth noting as it means Android is within striking distance of overtaking iOS as the mobile operating system with the most apps.

For reference, Apple announced there are 700,000 apps in the iTunes App Store during the iPhone 5 launch event on September 12th.

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10 Most Popular iOS Apps for 2012

  • Google Drive – cloud
  • Google Chrome – browser
  • Clear – To-do list
  • iPhoto – organize and manage your photo
  • Google Maps
  • Fantastical – calendar
  • YouTube
  • Checkmark – reminder
  • Spotify for iPad
  • Tweetbot for iPad

* Source: Slash Gear

10 Most Popular Android Apps for 2012

  • Google Now
  • Google Drive
  • Flipboard
  • Catch Notes
  • SwiftKey 3
  • Xbox Smartglass
  • WhatsApp Messenger
  • TripIt Travel Organizer
  • Smart Tools
  • SlingPlayer

* Source: InformationWeek Mobility

Typical Smartphone Activities

All of these choices begs the question, what are folks doing with their smartphones? Here’s the lowdown.

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* Source: Compiled by AnsonAlex.com

Putting the above into perspective, other than great hardware what characteristics does the Ubuntu Phone need to exhibit to be successful at launch?

Great at its intended purpose

Although the statistics illuminate other things folks do with their smartphone the primary reason for purchasing a phone is to place and receive calls. Above all else the Ubuntu Phone must manage incoming and outgoing calls superbly. I assume this is still under development as call management was not showcased in any of the demonstrations I am aware of.

Reflecting on my own habits, here’s a distilled list of call management functions I would like to see.

  • log all accepted, missed, and rejected incoming and outgoing calls
  • link calls to my contacts if the contact is found
  • permit acceptance or rejection of incoming calls
  • manage audio such voice volume and ring tones
  • provide and manage call notifications

Contact management is an area where Ubuntu Phone can shine. Realizing Ubuntu One supports contacts I prefer to use Google as I am a Gmail user. Offering users the choice of where contacts are kept would be a plus.

In addition to a fantastic call experience the Ubuntu Phone must be able to speak all of the other communication dialects. As a communication device this includes WI-FI, BlueTooth, NFC, and USB.

Notifications, Alerts, and Replies

Notifications and alerts can come from a variety of sources; incoming calls, new emails, weather alerts, low power notifications, text messages, social networking pings or messages. I believe this is an area where the Ubuntu Phone will excel.

The Critical Mass of Apps

There is simply no way Ubuntu will build in the foreseeable future the kind of app stores enjoyed by Google and Apple. Is a 600K or 700K app store required for success? No, but there is a critical mass which must be achieved for lift off. I am going to break these down into two categories; core and enhancement.

Core Apps

By definition a core app is an app that is so closely associated with the OS it defines the OS. The orchestrated execution of core apps characterizes the user experience and as such these apps should either be developed by Canonical or under close Canonical supervision.

Contact Management

Notification and Message Management

Camera and Photo Album Management

Internet Browsing

Music Player

Video Player


Enhancement Apps

By definition enhancement apps improve the user experience by adding extra features and functionality. Pulling from the Google and Apple app store top 10, I would add the following.

Weather and weather alerts

Google Maps

Google Drive

Other Really Nice Apps

A short list of Apps I consider optional but really nice include are the following.

Google Now

Flip Board

Select Games

Wrap Up

The lesson here is the market waits for no one and Android and iOS users will not change to a user experience less than what they currently have. The concept of using your phone as a computer is certainly compelling but isn’t this functionality available today with Android and the Galaxy Nexus HDMI Portrait Desktop Doc? Granted this does not offer the type of central management a Ubuntu device will provide and this may be a compelling reason for organizations to consider this solution instead of BlackBerry.

No matter the angle you view this, the Ubuntu Phone will be Canonical’s greatest challenge. Sculpting the right mix of out of the box apps rooted in a solid Ubuntu foundation delivered at the right moment could result in an overnight success story we haven’t seen in this market for some time.

I am very excited about the possibilities.

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Canonical invites input on core Ubuntu Phone apps

When Canonical officially announced Ubuntu for phones just a few weeks ago, it demonstrated an attractive interface but was otherwise light on specifics regarding the hardware, carriers, or apps that might be involved in actual devices.

A downloadable image of the upcoming system will reportedly be available in late February for the Galaxy Nexus, but in the meantime the project team is apparently hard at work on what may be considered the most important component of all: apps.

Specifically, it’s launched a project called Ubuntu Phone Core Apps through which it’s hoping the broader community of Ubuntu Linux developers and fans will help design and create a set of basic open source apps that will come preloaded on Ubuntu Phone devices.

‘Millions of handsets’

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Rafał Cieślak: Dynamically changing Ubuntu Phone wallpaper for your desktop

We have all already seen it. The super-elegant Welcome Screen seen on all demonstrations of Ubuntu Phone OS is appreciated by many for it’s brilliant design and simplicity.

Because of that, some have tried to recreate it to use as a desktop wallpaper. Among several versions that are available, I liked Michał Prędotka’s version most. This version was modified to many different colors by Michael Hall – he has even created a video tutorial on how to make your own color scheme for this wallpaper.

I love the idea of different simple wallpapers that share the design, but vary in colors. But I’m lazy, and I don’t want to change my wallpaper everyday to enjoy another color scheme. Ideally the wallpaper would change automatically. But if the design is identical and only colors change, then it may be neat to change the colors smoothly.


I have written a small script which does that for you. It runs in the background, and every now and then it creates a new shade of color for your wallpaper. This way the color changes smoothly. By default, it takes full day for the colors to repeat (but you can chage the period easily) – it’s yellow in the morning, green near noon, in the afternoon it gets blue, evening is violet, and at night it gets red. You may want the colors to change slower (it may be cool to have the full cycle take a week, this way everyday’s a new color!). If you wish, it will be simple even to modify color selection algorithm as you wish.

You can download the script here. After extracting, simply launch the run file (you may wish to modify the script before). I have also added the script to the list of apps that is started when I login, so that it runs in the background whenever I using my desktop. By default, it refreshes the wallpaper every 10 minutes. This is enough for shade changes to be not noticable.

And of course the Dash and Launcher’s cameleonic features are following the mood of your wallpaper!

I hope you will enjoy this colourful trick!

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Ubuntu Ohio – Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episode 96

(A heavily compressed version was previously e-mailed to the LoCo while efforts were underway to resolve why this could not be uploaded at the usual time)

This week’s episode mentions Ubuntu Phone briefly, talks about the need for discussion on the mailing list about an upcoming educational session for the LoCo on IRC, the standing promise that if there is a lack of discussion the first educational topic is going to be a discussion of “The Joy of the BeagleBoard”, and the need for bug squashing in Debian Wheezy which will trickle down to help Ubuntu.

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There is an opportunity available to purchase material goods to replace some of the hardware that has died at Erie Looking Productions over the past three weeks. Over the past three weeks the SheevaPlug server died which resulted in hurried realignment of the mission of the BeagleBoard away from its prior desktop role while the 5 year old keyboard PDA/phone finally bit the dust and the 6 year standalone digital media player finally died too. There are some other fallbacks available but they’re not maintainable long-term.

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