[kwlug-disc] Nexus7/Installation - Ubuntu Wiki

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Fri Jan 11 10:31:08 EST 2013


Interesting.  Hopefully they will leverage the CM/mod community efforts
for the plumbing and have a full-fledged Ubuntu userspace on top of it. 
It would be a pity to replicate that work.

Maybe one day one will be able to have a decent "Ubuntu VM" experience
on a phone (Ubuntu for Android?), but I think that is still in the
future.  The closer to metal Ubuntu on the phone is, the more successful
it will be.

 
On 01/11/2013 10:07 AM, Darcy Casselman wrote:
> My impression (based on what people have said in videos and Q&As and
> not much more): It's using the Android kernel and drivers, but not
> much more from Android land.
>
> My take: Nexus devices may very well run it fine. Handset
> manufacturers who rolled their own kernel or are using binary blobs,
> not so much. A better yardstick than "if it runs Android..." is
> probably "if you can install Cyanogen, you can install Ubuntu."
>
> Darcy.
>
>
> On Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM, L.D. Paniak
> <ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com <mailto:ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com>>
> wrote:
>
>     Interesting.  This will answer the question of just how
>     close-to-metal(plastic?) the Ubuntu Phone OS is.  From what you
>     say, it sounds more like an application.
>
>     The Ubuntu Nexus 7 image is a standalone firmware image based on
>     the Android kernel for the Tegra3 processor.  I would be surprised
>     if it ran on any non-Tegra3  hardware like the Nexus S.  With a
>     pile of work, you might be able to get it to run on something like
>     this:
>
>     http://www.htc.com/www/smartphones/HTC-One-x-Plus/#specs
>
>     I, for one, am looking forward to the unification of the Linux ARM
>     universe.
>
>
>     On 01/11/2013 09:01 AM, Darcy Casselman wrote:
>>     An Ubuntu Phone OS build is supposed to drop Real Soon Now.  All
>>     the demos have been on Galaxy Nexus, but they've said if it runs
>>     Android, it should run Ubuntu. 
>>
>>
>>     On Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 1:48 AM, Chamunks Arkturus
>>     <chamunks at gmail.com <mailto:chamunks at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>
>>         How far do you think this is away from running on a nexus s?
>>
>>
>>         On Sun, Dec 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM, L.D. Paniak
>>         <ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
>>         <mailto:ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com>> wrote:
>>
>>             The "Raring" alpha is now available:
>>
>>             https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Nexus7/Installation#Installing_Ubuntu_13.04_on_Nexus_7
>>
>>             Most of the bugs from the 12.10 version appear to have
>>             been ironed out and performance is improved.  Sizing the
>>             desktop for the amount of available real estate is still
>>             an issue, but all in all I find it a useful upgrade.  The
>>             amount of flexibility it brings to a rather capable
>>             hardware platform is impressive.
>>
>>             Next stop:  VNC server
>>
>>
>>             On 12/09/2012 09:15 AM, Raul Suarez wrote:
>>>             And I was impressed of how well it ran. It seems quite
>>>             "driver complete".
>>>
>>>             If I had a tablet to play I would have left it installed.
>>>
>>>             Darcy Casselman <dscassel at gmail.com>
>>>             <mailto:dscassel at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>             As I understand it, the intent of this beta release
>>>             isn't to provide a nice user interface. I gather that's
>>>             coming. It's to ensure all the underlying
>>>             hardware-related OS stuff works well on this one
>>>             reference platform. WiFi, battery life, camera, on
>>>             screen keyboard, rotation (which is still in progress,
>>>             apparently), etc...
>>>
>>>             Darcy.
>>>
>>>
>>>             On Sat, Dec 8, 2012 at 11:54 PM, Raul Suarez
>>>             <rarsa at yahoo.com <mailto:rarsa at yahoo.com>> wrote:
>>>
>>>                 I did it last week, Installing was a breeze,
>>>                 Instructions to reflash the stock android also a breeze
>>>
>>>                 The good:
>>>                 - Great job to make it run, most of what I tested
>>>                 works (I couldn't get sound) Wifi worked and the
>>>                 browsed worked well.
>>>
>>>                 Where it still needs improvement:
>>>                 - To slow to be usable
>>>                 - Font too small
>>>                  
>>>                 Note that this is not the same solution as having
>>>                 Ubuntu and Android side by side on the device.
>>>
>>>                 Raul Suarez
>>>
>>>                 Technology consultant
>>>                 Software, Hardware and Practices
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>>>                  
>>>                 ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>>                 *From:* L.D. Paniak <ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
>>>                 <mailto:ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com>>
>>>                 *To:* KWLUG discussion <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org
>>>                 <mailto:kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>>
>>>                 *Sent:* Sunday, October 28, 2012 7:45:58 PM
>>>                 *Subject:* [kwlug-disc] Nexus7/Installation - Ubuntu
>>>                 Wiki
>>>
>>>                 Has anyone out there tried this?
>>>
>>>                 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Nexus7/Installation
>>>
>>>                 Apparently it is a development project at this
>>>                 point, but the reported
>>>                 bugs do not include the terms "initrd", "soft lock"
>>>                 nor even "wifi" so
>>>                 it might not be too bad...
>>>
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