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Shuttleworth’s Ubuntu phone a no-go

Shuttleworth’s Ubuntu phone a no-go

A month ago, South African billionaire Mark Shuttleworth launched an ambitious project, through his company Canonical, to raise US$32m in a month in order to build a smartphone, the Ubuntu Edge, that would act as both a mobile phone and a portable desktop computer powered by the Ubuntu

Inside Shuttleworth’s big smartphone bet

Inside Shuttleworth’s big smartphone bet

South African billionaire, Ubuntu Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth, revealed on Monday that his company, Canonical, wants to raise US$32m by means of crowdfunding to build a mobile phone called the Ubuntu Edge that will have the computing clout to serve as a desktop replacement. But if

Shuttleworth sets sights on smartphones

Shuttleworth sets sights on smartphones

Mark Shuttleworth, the South African billionaire who sold his young, Cape Town-based start-up Thawte Consulting to VeriSign for US$575m and who then went on to spearhead the creation of the open-source Ubuntu Linux operating system, has now set his sights on shaking up the global smartphone business. Shuttleworth

Linux on the desktop: what went wrong?

Linux on the desktop: what went wrong?

Linux, the free operating system that brought professional-grade computing to the lowly PC, has come a long way since doing something as simple as switching off meant performing secret handshakes or offering arcane prayers to the computer gods such as computername ~ # shutdown -h now. Today, practically all Linux distributions

TechCentral’s best-read stories of 2011

It’s almost the end of another busy year in SA’s technology industry. We know what our favourite stories were in 2011, but which articles did you, TechCentral’s readers, pore over the most? These are the pieces, in ascending order from 10 to one, that generated the most reads during the year

ZA Tech Show: Episode 183 – ‘Razor sharp’

Fresh in from Nokia World, Brett Haggard and Simon Dingle are joined by Ben Kelly to discuss Nokia’s new device line-up, Sony buying out Sony Ericsson, Motorola’s new RAZR Android device, bendy-screen gadgets, Ubuntu on smartphones and tablets, and much more

Ubuntu Linux coming to phones, tablets

Ubuntu Linux, the free and open-source operating system, will power tablet computers, cellular phones, TVs and smart screens in cars and elsewhere, Mark Shuttleworth, the South African behind the software announced in a blog post on Monday. The software will support

Vodafone Webbook review: cheap and cheerful Ubuntu netbook

Cellular network operator Vodacom recently launched a netbook, the Vodafone Webbook, that, at R1 499, it hopes will give South Africans an affordable entry into personal computing. TechCentral put the Webbook through its paces. The computer, which runs the

Mark Shuttleworth on patents, tablets and the future of Ubuntu

TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod caught up with Mark Shuttleworth, the man behind Ubuntu Linux, on Thursday and asked him about the future of Linux, patent battles in the software industry, his views on Apple and his future plans

Vodacom’s Linkbook Linux netbook reviewed

For years, Nicholas Negroponte, chairman emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, punted the idea of a US$100 laptop. His idea was that a low-cost machine, ruggedised for conditions in the developing world, would transform education in poorer countries by putting computing and information in the hands of millions of children for the […]

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