You're looking at the Ubuntu Edge, a "crazy, beautiful idea" for a 2013 Indiegogo campaign that didn't quite pan out
. The OS it was to run, however, is still very much on—in fact, Ubuntu is set to make its smartphone début just in time for Christmas.
Founded and still largely funded by South African millionaire and spaceman Mark Shuttleworth
, Ubuntu has been a popular desktop Linux distribution for years, and if the screen grabs I see on Google+ are any indication, it's the go-to development environment for Android coders
. The smartphone version of Ubuntu likely won't pose a significant threat to either Android or Apple anytime soon. But for freedom beards like msyelf it represents another tantalizing opportunity to be freed from the clutches of all-seeing and all-knowing Google.
I got burned pretty badly by Firefox OS
; now I've got my crosshairs on Ubuntu.