Someone I know sent me this positive article about the ubuntu phone. I read it and it was nice, and probably one of the best ‘tech-focused’ articles, but as a few friends and I discussed after reading it, it’s missing some of the most important reasons why one would switch. Here are my list of reasons why one should switch:
1. Being Part of Something Meaningful
Apple sucked in a lot of victims by making their customers think they were either cool or part of something cool. They paid heavily for that entrance fee in both privacy and dollars left in the bank (and other ways). You may have noticed how important technology is in our lives, so with the Ubuntu project you can change the world by participating. You become part of a community that cares.
2. Being Somewhere Where Your Voice Matters
Have you ever rolled your eyes (or worse) at how your smart phone is really quite dumb? Have you ever wondered “how could they do this? How did they let this happen?” Then, unbelievably, the same horrible ‘feature’ is still there years later? With the Ubuntu project, the programmers and people who change stuff are *you*! Let that sink in for a bit. That’s right, you can literally be a huge part of changing Ubuntu to better match your life and needs and the life and needs of those around you. Ubuntu cares what you think.
3. Living Free
Ever felt sick and tired about how you know the ‘big boys’ are spying on you, stealing your information, and watching everything you do? Ever felt helpless and that there is nothing you can do about it because there are ‘no other choices’? Good news. You now have a choice. Ubuntu. Ubuntu frees the captives and like Moses it ‘let the people go’.
4. Being Future Proof
Ever noticed how the ‘big boyz’ (including their strategic business relationships with the big telecoms) somehow manage to make your perfectly good phone ‘out dated’? Ever thought that you’d like to buy a device that is more future proof? Ubuntu is the only choice if you want to be future proof with ‘convergence‘.
5. Nice Pillars!
Randall Ross wrote a little article that doesn’t get enough circulation. This really sums up why Ubuntu has a nice set of pillars!
I’ve been an Ubuntu fan since 2009 now. As soon as I met Ubuntu it was game over for all my desktops, laptops, netbooks, home media servers, etc. There was no competitor who could make a new or existing machine run so quickly and reliably, and without the pain of viruses and continual financial investments to keep it up to date. The most exciting thing was that no one owned me. When I heard that Ubuntu was moving to the phone, I purchased a Nexus 4 (N4) so that I could go along for the ride, as that was the first device for development.
I flashed it on, and took it for a ride. The first thing I noticed was how amazing the user interface was. It was as if (shocking as this may sound) someone had actually designed a phone with the user in mind. When I was forced to use a fruit-phone by the big fruit company for a job once, it was like driving a luxury sports car with one arm cut off and in a cement warehouse: high quality hardware, perhaps, but I’d rather have my freedom and functionality, thank you. The big US spy agency phone (google/android) not only spied on me, but also has a user interface experience that never quite made sense. It was (and still is) difficult to do some basic setting changes. I tried cyanogen mod as a bit of a ‘lesser-of-two-evils’ but it too had the same issues because ultimately it’s all built on the same shaky foundation.
Ubuntu, on the other hand, is built with freedom and people in mind. Randall Ross wrote a great post a while back about the pillars of Ubuntu (seven P’s). This article really helps us understand why Ubuntu is not just software. Randall has been preaching this message for years but only now it’s starting to really hit home with some people. People are starting to ‘get’ that they have been sold a bad deal for computers (Ubuntu has already taken over that show) but now also the computers we carry in our pockets.
As a business owner as well as sales person for our company, I will not deny that there were some bumpy roads in the beginning. I needed some basic things that a smart phone could offer which were a bit buggy when Ubuntu launched on the phone a few years back. I would flash back and forth between the bondage robot (android) and Ubuntu on my N4 while I tried to do my sales job. No battle is easy and it was never promised to be so. Some naysayers would laugh and say ‘why don’t you just wait until they have fixed it’? This would anger me because “relying on they” is what has caused the world to be enslaved by their technology. I knew that I could not wait for ‘they’ to fix things. I had to become part of the solution somehow. So I would stay up to date the best I could, periodically flash in and out and watch the growth. I would offer my feedback and needs to the developer groups and to my surprise, I found out that I wasn’t alone. Others were listening, fixing, building, changing, debating, enhancing and more. I realized one very exciting thing – I was and still am part of what is a major revolution in technology.
A revolution? Isn’t that word a bit strong?
No, it’s not. Do you remember just a few years ago when every phone in every pocket was either a Blackberry or a Nokia? It wasn’t that long ago. I believe it was around 2006, perhaps. Their day is over. A revolution occurred, albeit perhaps not one that has not helped the world. The employees at Blackberry and Nokia felt the revolution and when it came time to renew your nasty cell phone contract, you felt the revolution too.
But this revolution is different. This one comes without catches, snags or enslavement. This one allows you to finally have some control over your phone instead of it and ‘they’ having control over you. Now tell me that that is not a revolution? Unless your head is really deep in the fruit and robot sand, you will be nodding your head in agreement with me and looking painfully at the ‘nice phone’ you just bought.
And so we are at another turning point.
How do you know when it’s a turning point? For me it’s when the ‘thing’ moves from the underground to the masses. It’s the point when it starts to ‘peek out’ and when ‘regular people’ start to acknowledge that something is happening. For me, it’s when the mainstream media has *no choice* but to start covering it or be forced to lose respect.
I believe today is the day.
This article on a very mainstream technology website (you can tell it’s mainstream by the nasty ads for Microsoft, etc, that interrupt your reading) covered the revolution. This article explains how the excitement is now here. The author is unable to deny that something is going on. He is unable to restrain from wanting to be involved.
The timing on this article was also interesting for another reason. It perfectly confirmed advice I gave to a friend who is in the middle of launching a kind of ‘uber business’. He launched his business with the traditional iOS and Android ‘app’ approach. He wanted to show it to me and so he instructed me to ‘download the app’. After a short discussion, I explained to him that this business model may be outdated and on the way to extinction. I did not want to be forced to give a big bad company my information (including GPS location!) to explore my friends business on my phone. I explained politely that he was violating my privacy. By the end of the conversation, I believe that he took my advice to *strongly consider* moving his development to the Ubuntu platform – a place where he will be immediately received with a warm embrace, not to mention a place that is future proof.
Every business that uses technology (and I believe that is *every* business) needs to seriously consider where they will be in three years. The way of the fruit and the slave robot is now over. With the Meizu Pro 5, there is now a very exciting and viable option out of the box. There are no more excuses to not jump in with all support. Not only will you bring more freedom to your customers but you will also sleep better at night knowing that the future of your success is not in the hands of a few very powerful people.
Today is a new and very exciting day for the Ubuntu project.
My friend sent me this link to a great page that summarizes most of the key things you need to know about the Ubuntu Phone.
As mentioned in my previous article, we are quickly moving to convergence and in order to make sure we get there safely, ubuntu is the *only* option.
The great news for all of you who were making excuses, is that now you can buy very reliable devices out of the box that are Ubuntu.
It’s not that Ubuntu is the future, it’s that everything else is the past.
This article started out kind of exciting. It explained how Ubuntu was about to show, on a large commercial scale the unveiling of convergence of multiple devices. For those who don’t know what convergence is, it’s the ability for multiple devices to converge into one user experience – without the need for multiple processors and hard drives. For a company that sells desktops, laptops and tablets, it is a scary, scary business proposition. For a company that sells high quality screens or high powered mobile phones, it could be a dream come true. Essentially, the ‘computer that you carry in your pocket’ can be instantly connected to whatever screen you feel like. It’s truly the most disruptive reality to hit the computer hardware market, in my opinion, in recent history. One thing is for sure – the entire world is begging for it whether they even know it or not. Combining that with the increase of people sticking their digital lives on ‘clouds’ (other peoples’ computers) this disruption is also poised to be a seriously dangerous one for those who don’t make wise choices.
This article, although it was smart to feature Ubuntu as a forerunner, it foolishly tried to give credit to Microsoft for ‘truly being the first’ to do convergence. First, did they? I had no idea. Nor do I care. Nor does anyone else I roll with. If the name has ‘Microsoft’ in it, we flee for the hills. Why? Because it’s compromised out of the box. It is dangerous.
So, while reading this article, it became even more apparent to me that the ‘battle for the operating system’ will eventually be won by Ubuntu in numbers (it is already won in principle) and it will happen not by speed (even though development is moving fast like lightning) but by security and, although the word might sound cheesy and not a popular choice in a tech article – love. You see, Ubuntu cares about you, because it’s built by people who care about things other than shareholders’ dividends.
Let’s run this basic scenario. You buy the latest, most fashionable phone by Microsoft or Apple. They boast this cool new feature that allows you to plug it into a big 60″ screen and now it’s your computer (Ubuntu had this for years, btw, but I digress). It’s convergence! You show Grandma and Grandma thinks you are the bees knees. You take a selfie with Grandma and there is a picture of her Bible behind her favourite chair. As you get in your car your photo is magically whisked away to the cloud service you love so much provided, by force, by your over-priced phone manufacturer. Meanwhile, back at your local government, they decide (without vote, of course) that they don’t like what these Bible readers believe and decide to persecute them and kill them. They ask Apple and Microsoft for access to review stuff on their servers (your cloud) and they say no. They say yes. They say no. They pull out the guns. They say yes. They say yes, too. Oh! And look! There is Grandma with her Bible. Busted with Bible. Bye bye, Grandma.
And so my point is this: it doesn’t matter who gets to convergence first. It matters who gets there securely and with freedom as a top agenda.
And if you didn’t know, you could, right now, have Ubuntu in your pocket. You can either buy one out of the box, or have someone help you put it on supported hardware.
What are you waiting for? Your Grandma to get busted?
Go healthy. Go Ubuntu.