Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Feb 2013 18:53 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Images and open source code for the Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu will be published on Thursday 21st February, supporting the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 smartphones. They are intended for enthusiasts and developers, to familiarise themselves with Ubuntu's smartphone experience and develop applications on spare handsets. Tools that manage the flashing of the phone will be available on the same day in the Ubuntu archives, making it easy to keep a device up to date with the latest version of the Touch Developer Preview." Cool. Too bad it's only for Nexus phones, and not for more popular ones.
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RE: Comment by woegjiub
by kurkosdr on Fri 15th Feb 2013 23:23 UTC in reply to "Comment by woegjiub"
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Well, the Nexus 4 is popular in the mainstream too.

Also, not all geeks light-heartedly flash their firmware to a foreign OS (that is not a Android OS). We are in nerd teritory. Someone with multiple cellphones (as for example a Galaxy Nexus and a Nexus 4) and not minding flashing the one to an OS that has very few apps and keeping it that way for more than 20 minutes. As i said, nerd teritory.

Canoninal must learn that the "install it yourself" trick (a trick to sidestep the lack of preinstalls and pretend manufacturers aren't that important) doesn't work in the 99% of people, and Canonical should start catering to the needs of hardware manufacturers. This is what keeps Linux from making it big in the desktop too. The "install it yourself", and broken upgrades that annoy manufacturers and users.

Of course, I hope I am proven wrong and that we see Ubuntu phones in October.

Edited 2013-02-15 23:35 UTC

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