Just to update for you guys:
– CamilloBrillo 41 points 1 hour ago*
I'm curious about battery life of the Ubuntu Edge. How do you plan to make the battery last at least a full work day with such specifics? How long will the battery last when using the phone to drive a monitor?
Edit: typos, damn autocarrot!
- Mark_Shuttleworth 71 points 46 minutes ago
We're hoping to blaze a trail with silicon anode batteries. Hopefully, that is the only blaze involved - a trail
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- Saylar 28 points 1 hour ago
As far as I understood, the phone will support MHL which gives out 5V and hopefully has enough power to power the phone when used as a "desktop"
- Mark_Shuttleworth 39 points 47 minutes ago
Quite a few asked about removable battery, but none of those questions got answered. I bet it doesn't.
*edit I was wrong:
[–]Sharky-PI 7 points 2 hours ago
i was told in a reply by Christine Tran (of Canonical) that they WEREN'T going to go with replaceables, so hopefully there's still some wiggle room!
[–]nlos 3 points 2 hours ago
Thanks for the information! I sent them an email as soon as Ubuntu Edge indiegogo was announced, but I haven't got anything back yet.
Let's hope they aren't locked in to that decision.
[–]Mark_Shuttleworth 15 points 1 hour ago
That's good feedback. I would prefer a replaceable battery too so will take it up with the team and see if we can make that work.
Also some interesting tidbit about the dual OS:
[–]mrcheese123 5 points 1 hour ago
Hi Mark, I am one of the first 5000 to purchase the phone! How will dual booting work? Like will both Android and the Ubuntu OS be running at the same time with the option to switch between the two without rebooting or no? Can we have an estimate of the clock speed of the CPU? Will the phone have the dock shown in the video included?
[–]Mark_Shuttleworth 11 points 35 minutes ago
You will be able to toggle what you boot - Ubuntu or Android. If you boot Android, then when you plug in a large screen, you'll have the option to launch ubuntu alongside it, as U4A.
So regardless of what happens to the campaign, this phone is happening:
i_cant_mathematics 7 points 2 hours ago*
First I want to say that I absolutely love that you guys are doing this. I'm so excited for this phone. I love Ubuntu and have been using the LXDE variant for several years now.
As one of the backers for this project, I just want to know what the risks are if you do manage to reach the $32 million goal. How do you intend to handle a situation where it somehow doesn't work out?
[–]Mark_Shuttleworth 15 points 43 minutes ago
I will be on the hook. So I'm glad the team who put this together is made up of some of the best folks at Canonical, whove put a ton of their personal time into making it possible. I am happy to out on that limb for them, and the backers.
More interesting tidbits:
[–]henrystb 2 points 2 hours ago
Hello Mark, one question about software and one question about hardware:
1) What happens to "phone" functions while using it "as a desktop"? Will we be able to make/answer calls and send/receive texts?
2) Is there any chance to have at least one of this features in the final product: hardware encryption, fingerprint unlock, dual sim, AC wifi, waterproofing...?
[–]Mark_Shuttleworth 7 points 10 minutes ago
Yes you can use the phone as a phone while it provides a desktop on a separate screen. Hardware encryption is a possibility, yes.
Edited by Wildcard36qs - 7/25/13 at 11:42am
[–]pseudolobster 7 points 2 hours ago
What do you think about the accusations that Ubuntu/Canonical don't listen to the community?
It seems you have a very specific vision of what ubuntu should be, and despite tremendous amounts of outrage from the users, you hold very firm on some very controversial decisions. (Unity, forced advertisements, etc)
Do you not think this goes contrary to the very philosophy of open source software?
[–]Mark_Shuttleworth 16 points 31 minutes ago
This is a really good question.
I think breaking new ground requires a certain stubborn willingness to pursue an idea that is unpopular. Sometimes, that means stubbornly being wrong, and if one is afraid of being wrong, one will likely not break new ground.
I also think that there is an interesting evolution as one moves from the fringe to the centre. When we started Ubuntu we took a LOT of difficult decisions. One CD (the game at the time was to have, like 13), one app for each thing (instead of 5 browsers preinstalled). All of those were tough choices that would have pissed people off, only NOBODY WAS LOOKING because we were unknown.
Yet those very decisions made Ubuntu so popular.
We have to retain a willingness to think carefully about the future and act on it before it's obvious, or we lose our ability to help create that future.
Now, this argument could be used to justify all sorts of abuse of our position of trust. I'm well aware of that. It's part of the calculus - are we doing this because I want to and Im out of touch with reality, or because I (or another leader of part of the project) thinks thats what the future demands.
At the end of the day, I think what matters is that every part of Ubuntu has leaders who are trusted to make such hard decisions. They will piss people off. But if they were leaders who could not make choices that pissed people off then they could not make choices at all, and that's no leadership.