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Ubuntu Touch gets official dual-boot with Android

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Ubuntu Touch gets official dual-boot with Android
Sometimes, it's really hard to choose just one platform. Many of us dual-boot systems on our desktops, be it a combo of Windows and Linux, MacOS and Windows, MacOS and Linux, or maybe even the rare tri-boot with all three. We've seen some manufacturers offering dual-boot mobile devices, almost always Windows and Android tablets, but now Ubuntu has an official dual-boot option with Android.

The option is obviously still in the early works, but Canonical has tried to make it easy for you both on the Android side and the Ubuntu side. The dual-boot option is available with most Android distributions, although it is still limited to the devices that have either official Canonical support or community support. Then, once you're in each system it is easy to reboot to the other platform either using an app. 

Of course, Canonical is very clear that you should know what you're doing if you want to test this out, because Ubuntu dual-boot does flash the Android recovery. If you don't know how to fix that in case of an error, you may want to steer clear. Still, Ubuntu Touch is getting closer and closer to its proper release on some official hardware, but in the meantime work is continuing on giving the platform all of the features you may want. Dual-boot definitely falls into that category. 

source: Canonical via pocketnow

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posted on 23 Dec 2013, 23:24

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

This is nice for dual and / or may be triple boot.

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 23:29 7

2. Sire3008 (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)

Side booting with Android will not give d OS d chance to develop. Android is like a black hole, it consumes everything on its part. Its alot better to port all Android Apps(though require time and money) than to give your users a chance to see hundreds of flaws why Ubuntu is not a standard OS when compared to Android.

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 06:51 4

4. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 904; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

It also gives the opportunity for someone to try the OS and see if they like without having to buy a new device or completely wipe their existing one. This will get many people who wouldn't even try it an incentive to give it a try because they can easily go back and forth. It worked for the desktop Ubuntu so why not on a phone?

Opening a product this way before an official release will work for Ubuntu as long as it's good and judging from what I've seen it looks phenomenal.

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 01:43

3. taikucing (unregistered)

I want that Ubuntu so badly... It looks beautiful.

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 09:06

5. mohammed2222 (Posts: 31; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)

I multi booted zorin os and linux mint and ubuntu and fedora and android and chrome os and mac mavericks and windows 8.1 and windows xp on my pc

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 11:12

6. housry23 (Posts: 132; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)

Still no Nexus 5 support! I know it will take time, but I want to try it again. I'm typing this from Ubuntu on my desktop. Yes I use Linux full time and yes you could too. Don't tell Microsoft how much you hate Windows 8, do it with your wallet. Ubuntu is compatible with most modern hardware and the great part is, you can try it before installing it to test if all your hardware is compatible.

posted on 25 Dec 2013, 00:57

7. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 183; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)

I also use Ubuntu as my primary desktop OS and win XP as my gaming OS and they work great together there on two seperate HDD but I use grub to switch between them and I have no issues. I don't see why mobile can't be the same especially two Linux based OSes

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