HubDesk: A Full Computer Desktop on any Smartphone or Tablet

HubDesk is a simple, low cost, hosted, open source computer desktop you can use with any Smartphone, Tablet, PC, Mac and Chromebook
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Alan Forsythe
Technology
Monterey, California
United States
5 Team Members

 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.  
 
We know from experience that running HubDesk on a tablet or phone along with a full size keyboard and mouse means you really can lighten your load and leave your laptop at home.
 
Adding a full size monitor to the setup means you can even replace your desktop PC with your phone or tablet running the HubDesk Desktop.
 
The configurations offered in the perks are performance tested and designed to provide the optimal user experience for the lowest cost.  We have additional configurations available if you require more RAM per user or need to run large apps but the perks you see offer an optimal combination of SSD storage, CPU and RAM to deliver the performance you need to run our core desktop.
 
 
What We Need …
 
We need your interest and support.  If you think a HubDesk Desktop will enhance your lifestyle, please let us know and just as importantly please let your friends know about us and our project.  Please “Share” the IndieGOGO page and “shout out” about us using #HubDesk.
 
Your support and your referrals (“shares”, “likes”,etc..)  are changing the world and that is why we chose to tell you about our idea first. 
 
Try it out!  We are happy using our own service as it is, but we really need your feedback.  You can try it out with a friend and a secure guest account for as little as $20 for one month.  We believe HubDesk will change the way you think about what a PC can be.
 
 
What's Next ...
 
Our test systems are in place and we have partnered with 'best in class' co-location and hosting services for our production systems, so the dollars we raise in this campaign will be used mainly to add capacity and support staff to our West Coast Helpdesk.
 
We are launching with an Ubuntu based desktop but if our customers request it we can add Red Hat and Debian based services.
 
More software...  Our core desktop has all of the essential office software titles we need but it can be configured with industry specific software.  For instance, there are well supported open source Accounting, ERP and Practice Management systems we can add today.  We will add additional software to vertical specific business desktops as requested.
 
More Languages... We are already working on Spanish and French versions of the desktop and support materials.  We will add more languages as they are requested.
 
Our Goal is Simple ...  
 
We want to show the world how easy it is to use a great, open source desktop on any smartphone, tablet, or PC.  
 
Thank you for reading this far.  Please take a look at our perks. We look forward to helping you get started using your HubDesk Desktop.
 
 
 
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  • $10USD
    1 User 1 Mo - 'Kick The Tires'

    A dedicated machine running HubDesk Desktop for one named user account. (1 Core CPU, 512KB RAM, 10GB SSD Storage, 1TB Data /mo.)

    0 out of 400 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $20USD
    1 month / 1 - 2 Users

    A dedicated machine running HubDesk Desktop for up to two named users plus one guest account. (1 Core CPU, 1GB RAM, 20GB SSD Storage, 2TB Data /mo.)

    0 out of 400 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $40USD
    1 month / 2 - 4 users

    A dedicated machine running HubDesk Desktop for up to four named users plus one Guest account. (2 Core CPU, 1GB RAM, 30GB SSD Storage, 3TB Data)

    0 out of 400 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $60USD
    3 months / 1 - 2 users

    A dedicated machine running HubDesk Desktop for up to two named users plus one guest account. (1 Core CPU, 1GB RAM, 20GB SSD Storage, 2TB Data /mo.)

    0 out of 600 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $120USD
    3 months / 2 - 4 users

    A dedicated machine running HubDesk Desktop for up to four named users plus one Guest account. (2 Core CPU, 1GB RAM, 30GB SSD Storage, 3TB Data)

    0 out of 600 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $200USD
    1 year / 1 - 2 users

    A dedicated machine running HubDesk Desktop for up to two named users plus one guest account. (1 Core CPU, 1GB RAM, 20GB SSD Storage, 2TB Data /mo.)

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $380USD
    1 year / 2 - 4 users

    A dedicated machine running HubDesk Desktop for up to four named users plus one Guest account. (2 Core CPU, 1GB RAM, 30GB SSD Storage, 3TB Data/mo.)

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $1,600USD
    1 year / Office Pack 10 users

    Small Office Pack. A dedicated machine running HubDesk Desktop for up to ten named users plus one Guest account. (4 Core CPU, 8GB RAM, 80GB SSD Storage, 5TB Data/mo.)

    0 out of 100 claimed
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