What is the HubDesk Desktop?
A HubDesk Desktop is an affordable, easy to use, hosted PC running a comprehensive suite of open source office software.
A HubDesk Desktop Saves You Money...
Don't buy another laptop or an UltraBook! Turn a $100 - $200 tablet into the ultimate convertible ultrabook by adding a keyboard, a mouse and maybe a big screen then connecting it to your remote HubDesk Desktop.
Don't pay for Office Apps! We provide a full suite of office apps that are compatible with all your docs, spreadsheets and presentations.
HubDesk Saves you time ...
We host your PC, keep it running and provide the software you need for one low monthly fee. We even help you get up and running quickly and offer DropBox and Evernote WebClipper setup support.
The Big Idea ...
We are living in a 'Post PC' era in which the PC we really need is just another app we need to be able to run on our phone and / or tablet. Ultimately the PC is an experience which needs to be able to run alongside our other apps on our mobile devices. HubDesk is just that, it is there when you need it on any device.
Whether or not you are one of the 20 million people already using Ubuntu Linux each day, HubDesk is the easiest way to add this great operating system to your current devices without the need to dual boot or install anything but one simple app.
If you are new to Linux and open source but have always wondered if open source office software could meet your desktop computing needs, HubDesk Desktop is a simple way to try out a collection of programs which could save you hundreds of dollars over equivalent commercial software titles while offering compatibility with all common document formats for office and graphics work.
Many of us use several devices daily to check email, view documents and collaborate with our peers using apps like Evernote, DropBox, BaseCamp and Google Apps. Adding HubDesk to the mix means you have an easy way to work on all your devices as you would on any computer. For example, you can edit documents stored in DropBox folders - just by opening and saving a change - and you can add web clippings to EverNote or run Web Apps on any device using a full desktop version of Firefox.
Terminal Services and Remote Desktop Server access have traditionally been difficult to implement securely and expensive to license per user and per device. A HubDesk desktop replaces expensive Remote Desktop Services hardware and software with an on-demand desktop you can access for personal or business use.
HubDesk does not add license fees per device and is designed to be used with many of the free RDP client apps already available on any SmartPhone, Tablet, Chromebook or PC.
The idea for HubDesk originally came from trying to use an iPad as a laptop replacement. Tablets like the iPad and Nexus 7 are really good at most of the things we used to need a laptop for, but the constraints of the mobile browser, the limited functionality of the mobile office apps and the difficulty editing documents stored in DropBox makes the tablet feel like an 80% solution.
HubDesk was created to fill this gap. Our mission when we set out was to provide the functionality, guidance and support anyone might need to work on any tablet as they would on a laptop. Simplifying access to a simple, secure, hosted, open source desktop has an additional benefit. The HubDesk Desktop makes it easy for anyone to experiment with and experience the benefits of an open source operating system and productivity software.
Your Phone can be your Computer...
As smartphone technology has advanced HubDesk has evolved to become more than a laptop replacement focused on the iPad or Android tablets. Advances in Android Smartphones such as mouse support and screen mirroring means that anyone can now turn the current generation of smartphone devices such as the Nexus, Galaxy S3, Note II and S4 into a powerful mobile or desktop computer - simply by connecting a keyboard & mouse and signing on to their HubDesk Desktop.
We Run on HubDesk...We use HubDesk everyday to run our business. For example, we used InkScape running on HubDesk on a Nexus 7 to create our logo and FireFox running on HubDesk using a ChromeBook to compose this IndieGoGo campaign.