Will the Ubuntu Phone succeed?

In today's open source roundup: The Ubuntu Phone and its chances for success. Plus: Mozilla Thunderbird 31.5.0 released, and Lenovo sued because of Superfish adware

The Ubuntu Phone

The Ubuntu Phone sold well after its initial release. But will it succeed over the long haul against rivals like Android and the iPhone? Datamation looks at what the Ubuntu Phone has to offer and considers its chances for success.

Matt Hartlet reports for Datamation:

In a crowded mobile market, any new entries to the smart phone operating system space must find their niche fairly quickly. We've seen how failing to address this can lead to mediocre results with Windows Phones. To make this a success, Ubuntu must make sure of the following:

1. Any phone selected for Ubuntu needs to have outstanding battery life. Because it's a later entry to the market, the expectations will be high.

2. Find a way to break through the app marketplace ecosystem lock-in. This might be impossible, but if there is a way to transfer ownership from, say, a paid Android app to the Ubuntu version, it would instantly make a difference in terms of Ubuntu adoption.

3. Profile/apps installed backup to a cloud service. This is a must if they want success here in the states. Switching from an old Ubuntu Phone to a replacement needs to be seamless – apps, data, the works.

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Jack Wallen at TechRepublic had a more pessimistic view of the Ubuntu Phone's chances:

Ubuntu is wasting their brilliant platform on hardware that will cause it to be very quickly forgotten. What should have been a major, game-changing release has become nothing but a faint blip on the mobility radar. If Canonical is serious about pushing a platform that most all mobile users would be happy to use, they need to find a serious hardware vendor (something like what would have been Ubuntu Edge) and release a device that will catch the attention of the users. Few users are willing to give a mobile device -- one that should be viewed as flagship -- a second glance when the hardware is shamelessly mid-range (at best). What this equates to is a phone with a very long boot time and dreadful lag when switching apps and scopes.

How could Canonical have agreed on this particular device as the first Ubuntu Phone to be available for the public? It makes zero sense. With an operating system that shoots for the moon and hardware that hardly makes it down the block, this combination has failure written all over it.

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Mozilla Thunderbird 31.5.0 released

Mozilla has released the latest version of its email, news and chat application.

Marius Nestor reports for Softpedia:

Mozilla Thunderbird 31.5.0 is here to fix only three issues that were discovered and reported by users from the previous version of the software, 31.4.0. More precisely, two critical bugs have been squashed, and one high issue has been resolved in the new Thunderbird release.

According to the release notes, a use-after-free vulnerability has been discovered by security researcher Paul Bandha. The issue appeared only when certain web content was run with IndexedDB to create an index, leading to a potentially exploitable crash.

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