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[ROM] Ubuntu Touch Preview [02/27: Alpha Update #1]

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By Hashcode, Senior Recognized Developer on 27th February 2013, 11:41 PM
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** Work-In-Progress: Ubuntu Touch Preview is just that.. a PREVIEW. Do not complain about missing features, etc. The OS isn't nearly ready for primetime. **

THIS REQUIRES THE 2ND-BOOTLOADER/RECOVERY ALREADY BE INSTALLED ON YOUR DEVICE. IF YOU DON'T HAVE THAT, THEN START HERE:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2100963

Curious as to how the Ubuntu Touch Preview looks? Why not load it on your Kindle Fire 2 and see for yourself.

CHANGES:
  • [02/27] Fixed the UI DPI settings. Needs to re-flash following the instructions below.

Instructions [CHANGED 02/27]:

1. Make a Titanium Backup and/or backup in recovery of your current Android. This preview is fun to play with but not a replacement for something as developed as CM 10.1

2. Download the Kindle Fire2 Mini-Android base for Ubuntu Touch and place it on your device:
[02/27] http://goo.im/devs/Hashcode/otter2/u...227-otter2.zip
md5sum: c7d61c7a4c1ecb8f4118e5916ad75417

3. Download the latest Ubuntu Touch Preview Filesystem .zip from Ubuntu:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-tou...blet-armhf.zip

If the above link is broken, use this link for a full listing of the current build files (download the quantal-preinstalled-phablet-armhf.zip .. soon to be raring-preinstalled-phablet-armhf.zip):
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-tou...alled/current/

4. Reboot into recovery.

4a. Wipe system and Factory Reset (wipes data/cache).

IMPORTANT:
4b. Install the quantal-preinstalled-phablet-armhf.zip FIRST, and then the phablet-2013xxxx-otter2.zip SECOND.

5. Reboot and Enjoy

NOTE: The preview comes pre-loaded with several users in the login screen and they have data to browse around with. Move to the "Guest" account and tap on area where it tells you to login.

WHAT WORKS:
  • Display
  • Touch screen

WHAT DOESN'T WORK:

There's so much that is still being implemented into the Touch version of Ubuntu, that this list could get pretty long.
  • [FIXED 02/27] Need to adjust the GRID_UNIT_PX in /home/phablet/.bashrc to be slightly smaller so that the on-screen keyboard fits correctly.
  • Oddly no WIFI yet. Still troubleshooting.
  • No sound
  • Barely any sensors other than touchscreen work. IE: no rotation, etc. Ubuntu WIP issue.
  • No HD codecs (still being worked on) Ubuntu WIP issue.
  • No screen timeout / auto blank -- becareful when walking away from the device. Need to press the power button to turn the screen off. Ubuntu WIP issue.


RELATED UBUNTU TOUCH LINKS:
(Some of these describe how to install it on devices -- you can ignore those instructions and follow the above for the Kindle Fire 2)

Ubuntu Touch Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Touch/
Release Notes: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Touch/ReleaseNotes
IRC Channel on freenode.net: #ubuntu-touch
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27th February 2013, 11:46 PM |#2  
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Awesome, thanks for posting.
28th February 2013, 12:35 AM |#3  
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Need someone to test out the install before I'll post it up on twitter.
28th February 2013, 12:53 AM |#4  
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Need someone to test out the install before I'll post it up on twitter.

If you don't have it tested by tomorrow night I'll be more than happy to do it once I get home from University.
28th February 2013, 03:20 AM |#5  
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Quote:
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Need someone to test out the install before I'll post it up on twitter.

I will be testing the install in a few moments almost downloaded.

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I will be testing the install in a few moments almost downloaded.

Oops wrong location, well it works on Kindle Fire HD 8.9. This post can be deleted.
28th February 2013, 03:34 AM |#6  
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Re: [ROM] Ubuntu Touch Preview [02/27: Alpha Update #1]
Just tried this out. Very cool but looks big for screen size. Maybe could change screen density. But very neat. Is this the closest to tablet interface it gets?
28th February 2013, 07:07 AM |#7  
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Just tried this out. Very cool but looks big for screen size. Maybe could change screen density. But very neat. Is this the closest to tablet interface it gets?

It shouldn't be that big if you flash the filesystem first and then the phablet-######-otter2.zip afterward (it fixes the DPI setting in ubuntu).
28th February 2013, 02:21 PM |#8  
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Re: [ROM] Ubuntu Touch Preview [02/27: Alpha Update #1]
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It shouldn't be that big if you flash the filesystem first and then the phablet-######-otter2.zip afterward (it fixes the DPI setting in ubuntu).

It wasn't that bad. Just seemed to be a little too big lik the statusbar and such. And yeah thats what i did

Sent from my Amazon Kindle Fire2 using xda app-developers app

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Oh yeah you said no sound but sound worked for me. 4got how i turned up the volume though. The option seemed to disappear...
28th February 2013, 03:12 PM |#9  
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Re: [ROM] Ubuntu Touch Preview [02/27: Alpha Update #1]
Very cool. Downloading now on my slow arse DSL. Will update this post with any comments.

Much man love Hashcode!

Edit: ok, back on sgt7.

I found the OS to have great potential and many of the ideas for the interface seem cool. That being said- i felt really far away from the core system and disappointed that i cant even find a basic terminal app so without ssh'ing from my pc.. As many people have said on these forums the biggest thing missing is some kind of settings program.

This REALLY DOES have potential though. I'm sure once the port-a-thon slows down and everybody has the hardware working ubuntu will show us a bit more (i hope!).

Thanks again Hashcode! Great work so far. I look forward to seeing your AND ubuntu's updates.

And to the common man (like myself, i guess lol):
Don't crap your pants on the install. It takes an eternity to extract the tarball.

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Sent from my Kindle Fire 2, CM 10.1
1st March 2013, 04:59 AM |#10  
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This is an excellent design and the fluidity of the OS this early on is amazing. I'm looking forward to later on when there's more development. I might try porting this to my galaxy exhibit lol. Excellent work hashcode.
1st March 2013, 10:41 AM |#11  
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Thanks Hashcode, Just hope T Mobile GS3 gets this going as well so I can have it on both. If not I'm gonna get myself a Nexus 4. Just looks awesome.
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