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 twitterfire
by twitterfire on Sat 16th Feb 2013 13:33 UTC
twitterfire
Member since:
2008-09-11

Yay, now we can run the magnificent Xwindows server on our phones so we can ssh -X and use Xemacs remotely. How cool is that?

Who cares about usability and tons of apps from Google playstore?

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RE: Comment by twitterfire
by drcouzelis on Sat 16th Feb 2013 14:18 in reply to "Comment by twitterfire"
drcouzelis Member since:
2010-01-11

I do that natively on my Nokia N900. It works great.

Isn't it nice to have a portable device that conforms to standards?

Edit: I mean, I use "ssh -X" on my phone. I don't use that EMACS crap. I use Vim. ;)

Edited 2013-02-16 14:20 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by twitterfire
by twitterfire on Sat 16th Feb 2013 15:31 in reply to "RE: Comment by twitterfire"
twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

What specific standards are you talking about? Android is open and pretty portable since it runs on a couple of different ARM architectures, MIPS and x86.

I have seen people porting Android to N900 phones but no one ported Maemo over to Nexus or other Android devices.

And you can use Vim on android too: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.momodalo.app.vimto... .

That comment about ssh -X was a joke, who in their right mind wants a monster like Xwindows on a phone? They really should wait for Wayland. Even Gnome/Unity with gtk+ for framebuffer would be better.

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RE: Comment by twitterfire
by ricegf on Sat 16th Feb 2013 16:38 in reply to "Comment by twitterfire"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

[rant]

Look, I've used an iPad since 1.0 (paid by work, not me), and IMHO apps are badly overrated. What I really want is a usable browser, but since Apple insists that all browser apps use their crashy renderer, I don't have one.

What I do get is a browser where half of the websites endlessly insist that I install their "app" instead - where their app can't zoom, requires that I scroll across horizontal multi-column pages instead of a nice clean vertical linear scroll, and don't allow me to comment (or even read comments).

I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in this - witness today's XKCD: http://xkcd.com/1174/.

What I really want is a phablet with a great browser that websites think is a desktop, so they'll freaking leave me alone and let me work / play / read / shop / whatever!

[/rant]

And yes, I know Apple != Android and I'm not a mainstream user, but the point remains.

Edited 2013-02-16 16:39 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by twitterfire
by darknexus on Sat 16th Feb 2013 19:00 in reply to "RE: Comment by twitterfire"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

What I really want is a usable browser, but since Apple insists that all browser apps use their crashy renderer, I don't have one.

Can't say I've seen the renderer crash. I've seen a lot of Safari crashes, but none of those have been in the Webkit renderer but have all been related specifically to Safari and it's awful user interface.
What I really want is a phablet with a great browser that websites think is a desktop, so they'll freaking leave me alone and let me work / play / read / shop / whatever!

Presuming you don't have to deal with Flash, using a browser that allows you to change your user-agent should take care of most of that. Chrome and Atomic both allow you to do this, though Atomic's is much more customizable and permanent. Safari will allow this as well, but you must manually enter your user-agent header rather than being able to switch it on the fly from a list, and no amount of user-agent switching will take care of Safari's god awful interface.

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