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

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Hashcode

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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. **

Curious as to how the Ubuntu Touch Preview looks? Why not load it on your Kindle Fire 1st Gen 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 Fire 1st=Gen Mini-Android base for Ubuntu Touch and place it on your device:
[02/27] http://goo.im/devs/Hashcode/otter/ubuntu-phablet/phablet-20130227-otter.zip
md5sum: 4584b054391fe744230d9fd28686c37c

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:
http://goo.im/devs/Hashcode/otter/ubuntu-phablet/ubuntu-rootfs-installer.zip

3b. Download the latest Ubuntu Touch Preview Filesystem .zip from Ubuntu:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-touch-preview/daily-preinstalled/current/quantal-preinstalled-phablet-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-touch-preview/daily-preinstalled/current/

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).

IMPORTANT:
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.

WHAT WORKS:

  • Display
  • 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
 

Jake33108

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Awesome work Hashcode! I'll be installing this and testing when I get home from work. Since it's CM based I assume ADB shell and logcat will work? I'm familiar with Linux so I've been looking forward to this.
 

tobiascuypers

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After messing around for a bit I went back to Android. Its actually pretty smooth. Way better than I thought. Once WiFi and rotation get fixed I'll probably use it more. But it is what it is, a Preview. Great job Hash! Hope you can keep this updated!
 
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Vlasp

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Mar 18, 2012
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Plano, Texas
** 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. **

Curious as to how the Ubuntu Touch Preview looks? Why not load it on your Kindle Fire 1st Gen and see for yourself.

How much memory does this take on the SDCARD? Currently I am dualbooting, and can I dualboot this and stock MoDaCo?
 

tobiascuypers

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Currently I would not suggest dual booting this. It should work tho. But if you read, there is memory management issues and it will become sluggish. Extremely. And it isn't even finished, there is a lot of issues. But once they get worked out, I'm going try to dualboot it.
 

Vlasp

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Mar 18, 2012
842
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Plano, Texas
Please stop asking about dual booting. He already said that we have a longer rootfs install instructions to avoid it extracting to the data partition and then extracting the files from there. Everything works fine when dual booting. It's just as smooth. The only thing that may make it buggy is lack of cpu.

Sorry for spamming the thread.

Sent from a bird... No, a plane... Wait, It's a Kindle Fire!
 

leswgnr

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Feb 3, 2012
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Tried it out

Sure does scroll nice! :laugh: Seriously, it does have a very pretty interface, which might be highly functional. Kinda like the using the original germ of an idea that was used in the original Kindle but all grown up. Can't wait to be able to do something useful with it.

Thanks Hashcode. Always fun to try these things. Instructions were spot on.

Now lets see if I can restore using the today's update to TWRP. I needed to test it anyway.
 

404-Not Found

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Sep 12, 2012
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Awesome, will try this later. There still seems more development to come, will test when WIFI is fixed. I have expected this to come, I am more excited about FireFox OS though.

Sent from my Nexus 7 using xda app-developers app

---------- Post added at 12:08 AM ---------- Previous post was at 12:07 AM ----------

Does anybody have any screenshots of this? Would like to see the Preview.

Sent from my Nexus 7 using xda app-developers app
 

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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. **

    Curious as to how the Ubuntu Touch Preview looks? Why not load it on your Kindle Fire 1st Gen 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 Fire 1st=Gen Mini-Android base for Ubuntu Touch and place it on your device:
    [02/27] http://goo.im/devs/Hashcode/otter/ubuntu-phablet/phablet-20130227-otter.zip
    md5sum: 4584b054391fe744230d9fd28686c37c

    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:
    http://goo.im/devs/Hashcode/otter/ubuntu-phablet/ubuntu-rootfs-installer.zip

    3b. Download the latest Ubuntu Touch Preview Filesystem .zip from Ubuntu:
    http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-touch-preview/daily-preinstalled/current/quantal-preinstalled-phablet-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-touch-preview/daily-preinstalled/current/

    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).

    IMPORTANT:
    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.

    WHAT WORKS:

    • Display
    • 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
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    The data extract is around 900MB. So plan accordingly :) Normally the 500MB internal .tar.gz file is extracted to /data and then extracted out from there, but we have to avoid this. Hence the longer rootfs install instructions.
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    For the other accounts, the passwords are the first names of the account owners. (Lois, Anna, Toomas, and Lola). Just type them in and hit enter.


    bamp ...

    I see Ubuntu Touch 1.0 is being released in a week - can we follow these instructions or is there a pre-release nightly to get 1.0 going on the Fire?

    Everything is pointing here from https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Touch/Devices/otter
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    Will this work with this
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1615093

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    You could repartition for a larger data, but its memory issues that concern me currently.

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