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  • #11
    Originally posted by uid313 View Post
    Wow, I didn't think any corporate backer would jump on the $800000 pledge.
    Because it seems rather stupid to commit to buying a 100 of a device that you never seen, held, tried, used, evaluated before.

    It might look good on paper, then be crap in reality, then you wasted all that money and got all employees frustrated.
    In the enterprise you have to rely on proven technology.
    $800 000 != $80 000

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    • #12
      Ubuntu Edge now for $695.

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      • #13
        Mark is worth something like a billion dollars, he'll probably just end up funding the rest of the way himself to save face.

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        • #14
          Originally posted by mendieta View Post
          They could have also tried to work with Google. Heck, they should get Ubuntu in Chromebooks, as well.
          Uh, you do realize what makes a Chromebook a Chromebook, right? Hint: it's the OS that's installed...

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          • #15
            Originally posted by uid313 View Post
            Wow, I didn't think any corporate backer would jump on the $800000 pledge.
            Because it seems rather stupid to commit to buying a 100 of a device that you never seen, held, tried, used, evaluated before.

            It might look good on paper, then be crap in reality, then you wasted all that money and got all employees frustrated.
            In the enterprise you have to rely on proven technology.
            Your math is wrong. But apart from that, maybe Bloomberg already have an application for this? It's just a phone running Ubuntu Touch, it's entirely possible that they installed Ubuntu Touch on a Nexus 4, got it running some custom app that they use, and decided that they could use it. Android is great for mobile devices, but since Android on the desktop isn't supported, it isn't great for developing custom software that runs on desktop and mobile.

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            • #16
              Originally posted by uid313 View Post
              Wow, I didn't think any corporate backer would jump on the $800000 pledge.
              Because it seems rather stupid to commit to buying a 100 of a device that you never seen, held, tried, used, evaluated before.

              It might look good on paper, then be crap in reality, then you wasted all that money and got all employees frustrated.
              In the enterprise you have to rely on proven technology.

              Hehe, you mean like a Windows desktop or a Blackberry phone? In order for a technology to be "proven" it has to have a starting point.

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              • #17
                Originally posted by chrisb View Post
                maybe Bloomberg already have an application for this?
                Or maybe Bloomberg has decided they could get a few days of positive press out of this -- for free. I think it's clear the $32 million goal won't be reached. That means a bunch of refund checks will have to be printed, and Bloomberg gets their $80,000 back.

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