The Ubuntu Community UBports has one mission – to have the open source software Ubuntu on every device, starting with smartphones. UBports’ actions are based on collaborative development where developers are putting Ubuntu on different smartphones.
The reason that UBports has chosen to put Ubuntu on the Fairphone 2 is that this community feels a lot of sympathy for this phone. Fairphone has a clear mission: making a phone to create positive impact across the value chain of electronics. This ethical product is also modular, which means you can repair it yourself and create a longer lifespan in your device. Next to showing sympathy to a ethical initiative like Fairphone UBports found it important to show a successfully ported device running on Ubuntu. This open source operating system forms a strong alternative to Android in the guaranteed security and non vendor lock-in it offers for its users.
In order to keep UBports productive and draw new projects, its initiator, the 19-year old Norwegian Marius Gripsgard launched UBports Foundation. The members of the Foundation be at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to demonstrate how the Fairphone 2 and Ubuntu complement each other in terms of the user experience. With this combination the smartphone becomes a device where the user is in control over his own data and can contribute to a better world at the same time. This is in line with Fairphone’s goal to give people more ownership over their smartphone so that they can open it up, keep, and maintain it longer, both on hardware and software levels.