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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Comment by woegjiub
by woegjiub on Fri 15th Feb 2013 23:07 UTC
woegjiub
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2008-11-25

Interesting that you mention it should have been for more popular devices than the nexuses.

The nexus devices are the enthusiast devices, because they get all of the latest updates and don't have bloatware like touchwiz installed.

I had thought that the nexus devices were the *most* popular devices amongst enthusiasts, meaning the most likely devices to be owned by anyone who would do any development or would be interested in flashing this image.

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RE: Comment by woegjiub
by kurkosdr on Fri 15th Feb 2013 23:23 in reply to "Comment by woegjiub"
kurkosdr Member since:
2011-04-11

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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RE[2]: Comment by woegjiub
by woegjiub on Fri 15th Feb 2013 23:33 in reply to "RE: Comment by woegjiub"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

couldn't agree more.

I'm interested in this myself, but will have to see if a dual boot is possible, because I actually need my phone to work.

I would be far more excited for a plasma active galaxy nexus image, though.

So long as a phone has dialers, web browsing and a text editor, it should be enough, so for KDE, I feel installing one's own is just fine for now.

Edited 2013-02-15 23:35 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by woegjiub
by _txf_ on Sat 16th Feb 2013 01:06 in reply to "RE: Comment by woegjiub"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

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.


You're suggesting that Canonical should have released a phone to consumers with half finished software?

This is a developer preview...

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