Recently the UK-based PC Pro conducted an interview with Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of the Ubuntu project. During the interview, Mr. Shuttleworth discussed in detail about his disappointment with the failure of the Ubuntu Edge. Asserting the positive side of the product’s failure, Mark insisted that others would follow Ubuntu’s lead in converging mobile and desktop operating systems into one.
A couple thoughts…
First, it’s true, the Ubuntu Edge fell far short of it’s needed crowd-funded goal of 30 million or so, picking up not even half that by the time the crowd-funding event was over. However, I tend to lean more in the direction of Mark’s comments and optimism about the support the Edge received from a major corporation such as Bloomberg and thousands of others. I too was interested in the product but didn’t feel like throwing down a cool $700 for a product I have never put my hands on before. In spite of the financial shortcomings, it was clear that the product did receive a lot of attention and praise. It’s no doubt that what the Edge was attempting to accomplish will be a future device, if not the future of computing.
Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about that. Practically speaking, you lose your phone or it breaks? Congratulations, you’re now without a phone OR computer. I also don’t like the touch-friendly interface when I’m using a regular desktop or laptop without a touch screen, and it doesn’t seem like anybody else really likes that idea either. And yes, Microsoft, even when you put the deceptive “start button” back on the task bar, that doesn’t really help.
I can’t help but chuckle when hearing about the processor specs of phones starting to match those of computers. After shopping for my (hopefully) last laptop I’ll use for school, I noticed the incredible number of laptops that had absolutely terrible specifications. I can’t recall how many times I saw 1.8 GHz processors being advertised. My laptop from 2006 had a faster processor than that! It’s almost as though computer companies were reluctant about Windows 8 and decided to go cheap just to save themselves if the OS was a flop (and it kind of was…). That might just be my conspiracy theory, but I digress.