Ubuntu forums hacked, Tux the penguin joins the NRA

Today in Open Source: Hacker steals user info from Ubuntu forums. Plus: Did ad blockers destroy The H? Canonical needs money for an Ubuntu phone

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That's fine as far as it goes, but what happens when the sites you love die a slow death financially and shut down like The H? Yes, blocking a site's ads really does matter. I encourage you to whitelist all of the sites you love and enjoy. Or they may not be there tomorrow.

I wrote about this in more detail a while back in a column called "The Web's Welfare Readers" and, unfortunately, I think things have gotten worse.

2. CPM Rates - CPM rates from ad networks seem to have plunged over the last year or so. This is a catastrophe for non-corporate sites and blogs that cannot command premium CPM rates, and thus rely on whatever they can get from ad networks.

We'll probably see more open source and linux blogs and sites closing down in the days ahead. I hope I'm wrong, but I don't think so. It means that we'll see a less diverse selection of content, and we'll lose different perspectives on what's happening in the open source space.

Canonical Seeks 32 Million Dollars for Ubuntu Phone
Speaking of needing money, Canonical is looking for $32 million dollars to launch an Ubuntu phone. While I'm generally supportive of such efforts, I have to wonder if we need yet another mobile phone platform.

Android and iOS both command huge market share, and I'm just not sure that an Ubuntu phone offers much that will be compelling enough to get people to switch. Sure, it's cool that your Ubuntu phone can be plugged into a monitor, and turned into a full desktop computer. But do we really need such an odd feature? Would you use your phone as a desktop computer?

Perhaps I'm being too pessimistic here. I do believe in choice, so I don't think it will hurt for an Ubuntu phone to be released. I'm just not sure it will live very long.

Canonical unveiled details regarding the first smartphone to run Ubuntu for phones on Indiegogo, where it hopes to generate $32 million of funding to move the device into production. The Ubuntu Edge will ship in May 2014 with dual-boot Android support, a full Ubuntu desktop in docking mode, a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 display, 128GB of storage, and the “fastest available multicore processor.”

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