Curious as to how the Ubuntu Touch Preview looks? Why not load it on your Kindle Fire 1st Gen and see for yourself.
- [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 Fire 1st=Gen Mini-Android base for Ubuntu Touch and place it on your device:
3. DUE TO OUR DATA PARTITION SIZE WE HAVE SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR PLACING THE UBUNTU TOUCH ROOTFS ON OUR DEVICE:
3a. Download a custom Ubuntu Touch Rootfs Installer ZIP:
3b. Download the latest Ubuntu Touch Preview Filesystem .zip from Ubuntu:
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):
3c. On your PC extract open the Ubuntu Touch Preview Filesystem .zip and extract the *.tar.gz file inside
(currently called: manhattan-quantal-armhf-tar-20130227-1.tar.gz)
3d. rename this to: ubuntu-rootfs.tar.gz and place it at the root of /sdcard on the Kindle (not in any subdirectories)
4. Reboot into recovery.
4a. Wipe system and Factory Reset (wipes data/cache).
4b. Install the ubuntu-rootfs-installer.zip FIRST (this actually uses the ubuntu-rootfs.tar.gz file we placed on the /sdcard), and then the phablet-2013xxxx-otter.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.
- Touch screen
WHAT DOESN'T WORK:
** OVER TIME YOU WILL RUN OUT OF MEMORY AND THE DEVICE BECOMES TERRIBLY SLUGGISH. THIS IS DUE TO OUR 512MB RAM AND HOPEFULLY THIS IS FIXED AS TIME GOES ON BY CANONICAL **
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)
Ubuntu Touch Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Touch/
Release Notes: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Touch/ReleaseNotes
IRC Channel on freenode.net: #ubuntu-touch