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 13:48 UTC
twitterfire
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2008-09-11

The only time I wanted to install a "classic" linux distro on my phone was more than 1 year ago when I wanted to use aircrack-ng but most wifi drivers on android phones couldn't be put in monitor mode. Since then, drivers were patched and I can happily use aircrack and reaver to wrestle with wifi networks.

There's tons of useful apps in the playstore which enable you to have a good phone or tablet experience. Many of them are better than any desktop Linux counterpart. I can't see any incentive right now to install Ubuntu on a phone apart from a nerd impulse.

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RE: Comment by twitterfire
by darknexus on Sat 16th Feb 2013 14:21 in reply to "Comment by twitterfire"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

There's tons of useful apps in the playstore which enable you to have a good phone or tablet experience. Many of them are better than any desktop Linux counterpart.

Agreed. Considering how much better many of the apps are, perhaps Canonical should be thinking of a way to integrate a full Android layer into Ubuntu. I think it's pretty clear that, despite the continuing cries of fans, desktop Linux will never have anywhere close to the quality of app development that Android and iOS enjoy. Perhaps a full Dalvik/Android compatibility layer could bridge that gap, although you'd then have the same problem as Windows 8 has (i.e. the user interface would be all wrong for desktops or laptops).

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

Considering how much better many of the apps are, perhaps Canonical should be thinking of a way to integrate a full Android layer into Ubuntu.

You mean like Blackberry did in Playbook? That would be a smart idea, and it would have some attractiveness to be able to run all Android apps and as an added bonus be able to run regular desktop Linux apps.

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