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Ubuntu Phone OS - Let's Find it and Port It!

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20th February 2013, 04:03 AM   |  #21  
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Really? If it's a desktop OS, why nothing will work? I'm using Thunderbird it's pretty good email client.

P.S. I'm really excited to try Ubuntu, it's my the only OS for last 6 or 7 years. What can be better then to use the same OS everywhere

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It will not be same as desktop Ubuntu in other words you can't simply download and run apps or compile them. The apps will only be installable from their app store. I am sure there will be ways around that probably. However it will have a dock mode where I think you will have the Ubuntu desktop when docked but most likely that will be available on their specific tablet and phone hardware. Time will tell and we will know more on the 21st but this initial release will be limited and lacking app store. It is a developer image for developers to start making apps for their app store and have the os to test with.

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20th February 2013, 02:08 PM   |  #22  
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Really? That's not fun... I hoped I can get desktop environment on the phone...

Anyways, let's wait for Feb 21st and see what will happen. If there will be dual boot, I'll try it on nexus 7. It will be hard to steal it from my daughter thought

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21st February 2013, 12:14 AM   |  #23  
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Really? That's not fun... I hoped I can get desktop environment on the phone...

Anyways, let's wait for Feb 21st and see what will happen. If there will be dual boot, I'll try it on nexus 7. It will be hard to steal it from my daughter thought

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Well I am hoping for the best like you are. I am excited for Ubuntu as well.

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Well I am hoping for the best like you are. I am excited for Ubuntu as well.

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So am I! When I seen the press release it did look like the mobile version is the exact same as the desktop, just a "theme" or a "skin" applied. Once the phone is docked it goes to desktop mode.

EDIT. Just watched the video again. So it is a mobile version, as powerful as it is, its up to the developers to get the apps out there. Still, I am very excited about this!
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21st February 2013, 01:33 AM   |  #25  
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I'm really looking forward to this. It would be nice to see a dual boot!
21st February 2013, 03:19 AM   |  #26  
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If you want to run a complete Ubuntu image you can using a vnc client. Look up "complete Linux indtaller" in the play store

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21st February 2013, 04:18 AM   |  #27  
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If you want to run a complete Ubuntu image you can using a vnc client. Look up "complete Linux indtaller" in the play store

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Which is slow, and virtualized. Its more of a neat thing to play with, but by no means can be used for productivity. Its been available for quite some time, and now even has a simple installer from the Play store.

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21st February 2013, 06:20 PM   |  #28  
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and here it is...
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Touch/Install
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https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Touch/Install

Theoretically speaking: both Android and Ubuntu runs Linux kernel, i.e. all you need to do is just take hardware specific kernel modules and compile them into Ubuntu kernel. Sounds not that difficult for me, but I might missing smth

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Theoretically speaking: both Android and Ubuntu runs Linux kernel, i.e. all you need to do is just take hardware specific kernel modules and compile them into Ubuntu kernel. Sounds not that difficult for me, but I might missing smth

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I'm by no means a developer, but here's what I've come to understand after reading these forums for a couple years.

Most Android phones ship with proprietary video drivers that can't be reused with other operating systems. Android uses its own framebuffer interface instead of x11, which every other Linux system that I've ever seen uses such as Meego, Mer, WebOS, etc. The only devices I know of that anyone has ever been able to get X11 working on are the nexus family and the HTC HD2. This is why we aren't able to run Linux natively on our phones currently, and get stuck using ghetto hacks like VNC.

I really would like to know if Ubuntu Phone is using X11 or not, I've been looking at varous places all morning and I haven't been able to find a straight answer to this. I'm hoping deep down inside that they figured out a way to use the Android framebuffer and rootless X windows a la Mac OSX, but that's probably a pipe dream.

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