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: Comment by shmerl
by lemur2 on Thu 23rd Feb 2012 00:37 UTC in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
lemur2
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2007-02-17

How were they able to do it, i.e. did OEMs produce missing drivers for normal Linux?


http://news.softpedia.com/news/Android-Is-Finally-Coming-Back-to-Li...

http://www.webosnation.com/linux-standard-kernel-33-include-android...

That may have had something to do with it, but I don't think so. The Linux kernel is already included and running on a standard Android phone. All that Canonical have done is added the Unity desktop running on that kernel when the phone is docked and connected to a keyboard, mouse and display.

Edited 2012-02-23 00:41 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Thu 23rd Feb 2012 00:42 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
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2010-06-08

I'm not talking about merging of the kernels. I mean there are simply NO drivers to support normal Linux stack on many devices (for example GPU drivers for X.org and so on). Unless it's some kind of VM setup, or Canonical managed to squeeze these drivers from manufacturers.

Edited 2012-02-23 00:42 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by shmerl
by lemur2 on Thu 23rd Feb 2012 03:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I'm not talking about merging of the kernels. I mean there are simply NO drivers to support normal Linux stack on many devices (for example GPU drivers for X.org and so on). Unless it's some kind of VM setup, or Canonical managed to squeeze these drivers from manufacturers.


As I understood it, the kernel includes the drivers.

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Thu 23rd Feb 2012 00:49 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
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2010-06-08

And a second question is, if they did get the drivers, can they be used to support a full blown handset distro without Android?

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RE[3]: Comment by shmerl
by ichi on Thu 23rd Feb 2012 02:05 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

And a second question is, if they did get the drivers, can they be used to support a full blown handset distro without Android?


I read somewhere that Canonical's plans were releasing this version of Ubuntu only to OEMs. If true, that could be a business decision or maybe there's something about the drivers that they just cannot publicly release as open source (or at all).

In any case I think that would mean the answer to your question would be "no", or at least not straight from Canonical (other than Canonical themselves releasing an Ubuntu phone).

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