Ubuntu gets a Nexus 7 installer

Ubuntu gets a Nexus 7 installer
Earlier this week, we saw that Canonical was going to put more resources towards optimizing Ubuntu for mobile devices. The first developer device for this project is the Google Nexus 7, and as we move closer to the Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS), there is not an installer so devs can easily load up Ubuntu 12.10 on their Nexus tablet.

Obviously, your Nexus 7 will need to be unlocked for this to work, but after that the setup looks to be pretty easy. There is a full GUI to walk you through the install process, and get you started. There are some known issues with the process, notably that fastboot can fail, and as yet Ubuntu tends to be more of a memory hog than the Nexus would like. There are other issues to be aware of, just check the forum for that. 

The point of this project is designed specifically to optimize the base system of Ubuntu including CPU, memory, and power issues. Canonical will not be working on changes to the Ubuntu UI or Unity with 13.04, those changes are tentatively scheduled for 14.04 which is due in April 2014. 

You can get in on the fun now, but there are likely to be more interesting things planned for the project announced at UDS on Monday. 

source: OMG! Ubuntu!



1. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

This has such awesome potential.

2. rainyday

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

no..because Google is just better.

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

is there an advantage of using ubuntu over android for a 7" tablet? I don't see any.

4. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

This is the beginning of a long term plan, and it won't really be a fully realized option until April 2014 at the earliest. So, right now, no there's no advantage, but it isn't intended to be a daily driver. It's something for developers to have so they can make it better and have something for the future.

7. mrllano

Posts: 91; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Thanks for that info

5. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

There's one advantage I can think of that is of great importance to people like me. That is the ability to run macros in Excel (gnumeric). And ubuntu is a full desktop OS.

6. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Ubuntu would be a full blown out OS running on your tab; like Windows on your little device.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Android not consider a full blown OS? I always thought that it a sleek full blown OS.

10. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Nah... Android is a mobile OS, Ubuntu is a desktop OS

11. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Android has a lot of functionality but still not at par with a full desktop OS like Ubuntu/Windows, And like I said a lot of essential programs won't work on mobile OSes. Even RT can't run macros, and RT is from windows.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Android 4.2 is known to boost security hope it will make head way in cooperation adoption. Open source is definitely more transparent than proprietary codes.

12. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

It probably would be better on a 10 inch tab, but this is still pretty freaking awesome.

8. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Time for full desktop OS on a TAB not very far off and specifically a M$ free OS. With 2 releases per year this is a nice development and things will improve apparently. Looks like the regular devices (tab) could be heading towards museum in another 3 years. Competition (and innovation) in the tablet area is going to be heating up. Happy to see this happen. Ubutnu runs google empire so don't be suprised if google is behind all this. This can be speeded up once OEM like Acer et al get behind this. Expect more patent trolling from patent trolls when this gets ready for market.

14. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

This is pretty awesome, but Linux apps are mostly designed for x86, not ARM processors, so this will be pretty much useless for regular users.

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