Official Ubuntu demoed on a Nexus 7

Official Ubuntu demoed on a Nexus 7
This isn't Ubuntu for Android, or a hacked together demo made by an enthusiast, this is real Ubuntu running on a Google Nexus 7 tablet and being shown off by an official Canonical engineer, and it could be a reality as soon as April, or at least the beginnings of it may be ready then. Canonical founder, Mark Shuttlesworth, has said that beginning with Ubuntu 13.04, which is due in April 2013, the team will be focusing on "mobile metrics" like battery life, memory consumption, etc., which will lead to the OS being able to run on a much wider range of devices. 

The Unity UI is already a solid step towards being touchscreen friendly, so now it is just a matter of optimizing the OS for touchscreen devices. The start of that work looks to be right around the corner as Shuttlesworth told developers attending the Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) in Copenhagen Denmark next week to bring their Nexus 7s, because Google's tablet is apparently a great "reference" device for the project. 

Additionally, Commercial Engineering Director at Canonical, Victor Palau, has posted a short video of Ubuntu running on a Nexus 7. As you can see below, things are already working pretty well, but while it is very nice to see a windowed environment complete with separate workspaces on a mobile device, there are definite tweaks that can be made to make the experience more streamlined for mobile. We're excited to see what happens, and we'll be watching the UDS starting next Monday to bring you more. 

Related phones

Nexus 7
  • Display 7.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 4325 mAh



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Ubuntu on the Nexus 7? A tech geek's dream! :)

17. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

its not bad to see other OS on devices...feels fresh for a change

2. evolutionqy7

Posts: 38; Member since: May 27, 2011

Don't know about you guys but the screen is way too small for a desktop OS like Ubuntu.

3. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Not necessarily. Sure, the app dock could be a bit bigger, but as long as the apps support responsive design, things should display with no problems. There's no reason why a desktop OS needs to have a large screen unless you plan you run more than say 2 apps side-by-side in windows.

18. evolutionqy7

Posts: 38; Member since: May 27, 2011

Ubuntu is not in any way optimized for a tablet, never mind a 7" incher. Its just as good as trying to run Windows 7 on it. Thats the whole point of a desktop OS is to be able to multitask efficiently

4. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I am running Ubuntu on my laptop now... although it is not the smoothest and most functional OS... For the price of free it has resurrected many of my Windows running laptops (of course, not nagging on the software, laptops died due to hardware issues) and I am very happy with its existence. This would be an interesting alternative to a Surface tablet, even though I'd give the edge to the Surface and Surface Pro.

5. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Me gusta mucho.

6. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Hmmm didn't i talk about UBUNTU on a TABLET the other day on some thread ? UBUNTU will be great and it would be what WINDOWS 8 Pro surface would be. I think even Ubuntu doesn't have ba start button/menu. yet another nightmare for Apple ... :)

10. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Instead of start ubuntu has dash button....which more useful than start and can be accessed from where ever you are.....

7. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Cool but i don't see the utility on a tablet. Especially a 7" tab. Android takes me wherever i want to go. I don't see the benefit. Besides android developers outnumber ubuntus like 100 to 1. Maybe ubuntu can edge w8 out but i think android is a better mobile os with better applications and development. So far anyway. I guess we'll see.

8. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

This i see as an answer to WINDOWS8 Pro down the road. Who knows google could bge involved as Ubuntu runs at google empire officially :)

9. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012


11. theindianguy

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

Ubuntu on nexus 7 combined with wine app will easy be able to run windows 7 apps as far as I know.

12. webOSlove unregistered

Ubuntu is pretty :)

13. predator93

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Bring it on Canonical, more the choices better for us.

14. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Canonical i guess already provides support to Google empire. Don't be surprised if Google is pushing all this :)

15. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

If Ubuntu for Android materialised,it would be definitely change the computing in developing countries like India,where 4G is going to be released soon..

16. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

In India it's $$$ for Politicians deposited in Swiss a/c that can do wonders :)

19. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

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