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It may be more popular than Win Phones?
No it won't. Ubuntu is great for geeks, but any phone that needs to be rooted will be left to the major geeks and not in the main stream. Google, Apple, & Windows do not make people think as much as a distro of Linux would. And who would they take the phone to... once rooted the phone is null and void without support.
This is a very pessimistic writer that fails to see that basing the mobile platform on the desktop makes it easier to port programs (yes not apps) over to the mobile OS.
More or less agree. I'd prefer they focus on the ubuntu for android approach. 
Well considering Linux powers almost everything already. And the fact that both Android and iOS are just Linux distros. I think it has a good chance long as they make it friendly to people not familiar with the platform.
+Darren Odden Android phones are doing just fine regarding the warranty issue and rooting. Android actual highlights that people want more flexibility and options. 
That's a lot of nay saying for a product that is still in alpha development. The ui looks well polished and if it can run the full gambit of USC apps at launch then they will have a formidable machine. The fact that both Google and Ubuntu have been working on perfecting Linux on arm means that when this launches in a year the platform well be robust and capable. This announcement gives them time to line up partners and round up developers (remember the SDK is available now). And as they said, if you manufacture an Android device, you can slip UP OS on it with little trouble. Even if it does fizzle and die, it's far to early in the game to make any predictions.
Smartphones are good running apps, not programs. I am a big fan of Linux, but I don't think Ubuntu OS will go away. I would buy it, but I'm a geek. First, it should have a ton of apps. Why W8 is sucking so much? Of course it doesnn't have the ecosystem as written above. I mean, it's a cool OS, although I hate it, it could deserve more. 
Ubuntu, focus on your imperfect OS instead of launching new stuff. I got many errors even installing Ubuntu. Or is it because it's 12.10 (not LTS)
What difference does what I think make when you've already decided it doesn't stand a chance?
Redmond, Cupertino, and Mountain View have all made tremendous efforts to move towards fixed-mobile convergence, and there are rumors that all three have aspirations for a big screen experience as well.

Canonical's offering may very well fail, but it won't be due to misunderstanding where the consumer market is heading.
Let me dual boot it with android and I will gladly take it.
Patience lets wait and see. They are just testing whether the people will like it. But ubuntu never hypes things up. This will be their first
Android is not truly open source so I welcome ubuntu, Firefox os, Web os and tizen 
of course it stand a chance, they must use also the android project. Just imagine: one smartphone, all your docs, your PC in your pocket... professionals would like this, Ask my DSI !
+Gilles-Philippe Morin example: you shell out £1500 for a macbook. you hate it. you get a PC then get ubuntu on it. its less than a third of the price. its better. you jump off a cliff because you wasted thousands of pounds on a laptop you didn't like. #fail  
Sounds good open os, open apps on an open networks... Ninja phones for ninjas and geeks... Lol 
If they can tie together a nice app market and seamless transfers if files with a more user friendly O/S on the computer I think they could do extremely well against Android.

Not a chance in hell. This is for geeks and not mainstream consumers
If you think for one second that Canonical is doing this for anything other than money you're fooling yourself. They aren't that loyal. They have already abandoned the geeks by taking away support for x86, and they are talking about moving to #c++, if you want geek loyalty, you better look towards fedora.
+Matthew S Ubuntu is not new. It has been around in the desktop arena, but has not gained traction with the mainstream users. I think the same will apply to mobile devices as well.
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