The developers of Ubuntu Touch hold bi-weekly video sessions in which they discuss new developments, present achievements and answer questions from users. So also last week with Ubuntu Touch Q & A 46. The recording of the session is available as a video or audio file.
Last week, developers received two dev kits from the upcoming PinePhone, which is expected to reach the market this year for around $ 150. The developers were able to present Ubuntu Touch already running on it. Dev kits for the Librem 5 have not yet received the developers.
A user’s question about Ubuntu Touch’s market share highlights a problem many projects face. On the one hand, it is important for the development to have key data on the distribution of the software, on the other hand, telemetry data is frowned upon in many places, as Mozilla has to experience again and again. In answer to the question, the developers said there were about 10 million download requests, but this number alone was not very meaningful.
In addition, it is only known that currently 2,300 users have installed a snap version of the installer. One now wants to find ways to collect meaningful, non-sensitive information. For example, it’s about finding out which devices users use the most and how users fluctuate between devices. For Ubuntu Touch OTA 9, there are updates for Unity 8 and Mir, the development of which can be tracked on UBports’ GitHub presence.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht
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