Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Feb 2012 14:44 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Take this as a sign of things to come in the land of convergence. Yesterday, Ubuntu announced Ubuntu for Android. This new product basically allows you to run the entire Ubuntu Linux distribution on your Android smartphone connected to an external display and keyboard and mouse.
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RE: Just need to add....
by AWdrius on Wed 22nd Feb 2012 20:56 UTC in reply to "Just need to add...."
AWdrius
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2006-07-18

I was amazed when I saw Ubuntu-on-Android the way I was always dreaming of having one device for all my communication and entertainment needs.
Originally my idea was for a Raspberry Pi. Image everyone having USB hub with full keyboards and mouse attached. You come visit your friend and suddenly you get an important e-mail you need to reply with, say, some files attached (from web) and so on. Ask you friend permission, connect you Raspberry Pi to the USB hub, TV set and mains, use nano WiFi to get networking capabilities and you are set for a serious work.
Now this Ubuntu solutions is even better. You already carry your phone with you all the time and it has WiFI *and* bluetooth (for wireless keyboard and mouse)!
The only downside I see is that phone then becomes a so much more dangerous device to loose.

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RE[2]: Just need to add....
by intangible on Fri 24th Feb 2012 19:12 in reply to "RE: Just need to add...."
intangible Member since:
2005-07-06

I've been excited for the potential of this idea ever since BlackDog way back in 2005: http://www.engadget.com/2005/08/11/blackdog-linux-a-em-real-em-pock...

It's pretty inevitable that your mobile device will be your PC in the future... and there won't be any wires as 60ghz wireless gets more widespread... Good stuff!

Edited 2012-02-24 19:14 UTC

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RE[3]: Just need to add....
by zima on Tue 28th Feb 2012 09:21 in reply to "RE[2]: Just need to add...."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

It's a pretty safe bet one wire will be connected frequently - the one supplying power.
(so it might as well double for some large transfers; and yes, there's inductive energy transfer... but a) waste b) tying the device in one spot anyway, hence making "a" even harder to justify for most people)

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