It has been more than six months since Canonical's first announcement not to launch any more devices with Ubuntu Phone and several months since Mark Shuttleworth announced the end of support from Ubuntu and Canonical. And despite all this, there is still harsh criticism for the fact.
In this case, the developer Simon Raffeiner, an app developer for Ubuntu Phone, owner of several terminals and participant in hackathons related to Ubuntu Phone, has come out. Simon Raffeiner has written on his blog a tough article on Canonical's management of Ubuntu Phone. Affirming and pointing out several errors that were committed during its development and that justify its abandonment. Among these reasons is the search in an unprofitable niche. Android and iOS were the rivals of Ubuntu Phone but its lovers were looking more for a rival to face the monopoly of Google and Apple than a functional system. In many cases users did not consider it as functional.
Ubuntu Phone was not as open as all users thought
The objectives set by Canonical were too ambitious, too ambitious, hence also its downfall. Canonical sought to gain 1% of the mobile market, a very high percentage for a system like Ubuntu Phone, even more so if we take into account that there are not so many people who use Ubuntu as an operating system. The scarcity and misinformation about mobile phones was another negative point.
But perhaps the creation of a little open operating system such as Ubuntu Phone was the most negative of all this. According to Simon Raffeiner, Ubuntu Phone was not as open an operating system as Canonical implied. In many cases users did not choose and were only limited to a Github repository where pullrequets were made but nothing else. And the truth is that many users are those who report this situation.
Either way, Simon Raffeiner represents a part of history that is rarely noticed, the world of developers. Canonical has not responded and will not respond, but it appears that this means a new developer joining UBPorts Do not you think?