UBPorts or how Ubuntu Phone must have been

Ubuntu Phone

UBPorts took over the development of Ubuntu Phone some time ago. A project that Canonical abandoned or left in the hands of the Community and unlike other projects, UBPorts and Ubuntu Phone continue better than ever. They have recently launched a monthly newsletter on the official website of the project where they talk about the status of the project and recent news, which are many.

Ubuntu Phone is not only moving forward but has diversified its development channels, creating an experimental repository for those who dare with the most risky or for whose devices have not yet finished development.

OTA-2 continues to develop, and may be ready later this month. This new update not only corrects bugs but also incorporates an update to its Oxide web engine that corresponds to version 58 of Chrome. The intention of the Ubuntu Phone development team is to release one RC version every week, making the development of Ubuntu Phone for terminals more effective.

Regarding the terminals with Ubuntu Phone, we know that Meizu Pro 5 will become part of the active development of UBPorts, incorporating the next big release that will be based on Ubuntu 16.04. Regarding the BQ terminals, UBPorts has been talking with BQ to open them but so far it cannot be done due to some restrictions that BQ has on the devices, although it is positive that both the company and the developers have an active communication.

In addition to these developments, UBPorts is looking for developers who know the C ++, Go, Vala, QML or C languages, to create and maintain apps, apps like Dekko that is being helped by the project to stay within Ubuntu Phone.

UBPorts not only is looking for developers but is open to donations and has created a podcast where they talk about the Community and the Ubuntu Phone Project. Elements that Ubuntu Phone or Ubuntu Touch did not have before and that undoubtedly help to develop the operating system and the Ubuntu Phone ecosystem.

Thus, it seems that development is taking a good path, a path that Canonical should have followed instead of asking for the amount of money it was asking for and closing its developments to the Community. Unfortunately the number of devices is still minimal but they only take a year, so next year the number of devices may increase considerably Do not you think?

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  1.   klaus schultz said

    It's a shame what Canonical did. The project was very interesting and the "convergence" that never came may have attracted many users who may have helped sustain and enable its growth. I follow UBPorts but I think the Plasma thing has a better chance of materializing. It is a larger team and uses more current technologies.

  2.   Opic said

    I think they should consider the option of being able to download the ROM (cyanogen / lineageOS) to make it easier to access Ubuntu Phone and not depend on whether or not a manufacturer gives it to market a device with the OS.

  3.   Oscar Cervantes said

    Reading this article has given me back my illusion for Ubuntu Phone. I applaud the UBPorts team for continuing with this mobile OS, as the number of devices that can be updated is increasing (I bought the Meizu Pro 5 just for Ubuntu Phone), but we come to the Achilles heel, the popular applications. Without them (whatsapp, etc) it is a system that loses a lot for the public and if there are no clients there is no support.

  4.   hAnonymous said

    Monday, September 11, 2.017.

    I follow the project. I read news about Ubuntu Touch - Ubuntu Phone for a year and a half.

    I use a Bq phone with UbuntuPhone, I still use the system abandoned by canonical.

    One of the reasons for using this system is for security and privacy, especially the latter.

    I have been reading opinioners about UbuntuTouch for a long time and it seems that the complaints are always the same, that if the güasäp is missing, that if there are almost no programs.

    Guugle is based on linux kernel, free. The applications you install use the java engine, which is another operating system. You run a system under another system, that consumes many hardware resources. At the same time, in exchange for your privacy or personal data, given its supposed gratuity that you pay in excess. The user wants to save those € uros in calls using a messenger called guasap or etc ...

    That's what it's all about, saving a few pelas. Now whoever reads will be thinking the typical thing,.

    I suppose you have used a computer and are still using the güindos system. When were you asked, when installing a program, for permission to your photos, videos or personal data? In güindos equis pe, maicrofost pre-installed its own firewall (in English). To make a shield between your computer and the network. Why? To protect you. About what? OF YOUR PRIVACY AND YOUR DATA.

    Never before was the privacy of people eaten so much today with location permissions, access to photos, video and documents.

    Did you have to wait for version 7 of android to have a firewall for the system? Why not before? Well after so many years they already know your data, now what else does it give ...

    Like the previous systems of the maicrofost house, before güindos equis pe, a clear example eb güindos 98 where anyone from the network with a few knowledge, could enter your computer and do whatever they wanted.

    For this reason, once they have the data of the majority of those who usually use PC, after years without protection, they include their firewall by default in the system.

    Do some research on maicrosoft and oracle, year 1998 approx. Where there was a trial between both companies and things ended badly. Java came pre-installed in the güindos and from that trial, no longer. If you wanted java, you had to download and install it, apart from the system.

    Returning to the main thing, nowadays the fact that you do not have güasap is a problem for those who do not care about their data (see wikinierda).

    It is more important to save on calls the stupid things that had never been carried out at the cost of the same.

    But having güasap, the 99% nonsense that is sent, using the data, as a small price has already been paid. Well, look, what you have saved huh.

    Ubuntu Phone or Ubuntu Touch, gives or gave you that privacy, that option from the same system to give or not permission at your risk, without having to download a program, normally paid to have control.

    Already, the heart of the system is android, which in my personal opinion, I do not like. Then I quit the system when it starts to look useful. And now, let's hope that, since non-profit, a community of people who come together to revive this project, which honors them, my sincere respects, hopefully they will make a very good system but, for now I will continue using the original kernel. Have a great time with the güasap and stuff.

    Greetings to all.