[kwlug-disc] Nexus7/Installation - Ubuntu Wiki

Darcy Casselman dscassel at gmail.com
Thu Nov 15 22:02:05 EST 2012

Here's a fun cartoon introduction to Ubuntu for Android:


Simon Phipps' interview with Richard Collins, Canonical's manager for
Ubuntu for Android:



On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 9:48 PM, L.D. Paniak
<ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com> wrote:
> I'm not sure how closely Ubuntu ties into Android in U4A.  I think it is
> more than just another Android app.  chroot?
> Running Ubuntu on the Nexus 7 makes sense for me for two main reasons:
> availability and extensibility.  I spend a lot of time on high
> performance computing and storage and ARM devices are becoming more
> relevant for these tasks.  I wanted a modern development platform for
> brainstorming that was accessible and the Nexus 7 with Ubuntu gives
> that:  I can literally buy one at the corner store and painlessly
> install a familiar operating environment in a few minutes.  From a
> software point of view, Ubuntu gives a large fraction of the packages I
> want and the tools to compile the remainder.  It is markedly more
> extensible than Android:  Android users are concerned with mounting NFS
> shares, Ubuntu allows one to turn the Nexus 7 into an NFS server with an
> "apt-get install" and changes to familiar config files.
> I have not used the Nexus 7 much in the mode it was meant for and I have
> Ubuntu to thank for that.  That said, I am typically a reboot away from
> a reasonable Ubuntu Unity desktop and a reflash away from a stock
> Android tablet.
> On 11/15/2012 07:28 PM, unsolicited wrote:
>> Thanks for the post!
>> Am I reading the link right - Ubuntu for Android is 'Windows' on top
>> of the phone (OS)? [Or a 'side' GUI, 'type of thing'?]
>> Catch me up / curious ... what attracted you to running Ubuntu on the
>> device instead of Android? ('Full featured OS'?)
>> - this is how the world is going? Docking the android and having the
>> accompanying display and keyboard operate as a coherent whole?
>> On 12-11-15 10:43 AM, L.D. Paniak wrote:
>>> Well, I took the plunge and picked up a Nexus 7 (16GB) which I promptly
>>> reflashed to Ubuntu 12.10 according to the instructions below.  It was
>>> an effortless process which left the device with a 7" Unity desktop,
>>> touch screen and a soft keyboard.  It behaves exactly the same as the PC
>>> desktop and is just as functional modulo some issues with clicking on
>>> buttons that are now just large enough to see.  Package management works
>>> and has a surprisingly large number of apps ready to go for the
>>> ARM-hardfloat arch.  Wifi works well as does USB expansion (ethernet and
>>> disk) with the appropriate OTG cable.  Performance is slower than the
>>> native Android but reasonable (seems to be a little short on RAM).
>>> There are a few bugs that pop up - the system doesn't appear to react to
>>> screen "clicks" from time to time.  These are cleared with a quick
>>> reboot.  Some tailoring for the small form-factor is going to be needed
>>> as well.
>>> Also today, I came across Ubuntu for Android.
>>> http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/android/features-and-specs
>>> Looks like Canonical wants Ubuntu to be the killer app for Android.
>>> Given the way 12.10 runs natively on the Nexus 7 hardware, it should not
>>> be a stretch.
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