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Old 22nd Feb 2012, 11:26   #1
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Canonical teases Ubuntu for Android

Canonical has released details of its upcoming Ubuntu for Android release, turning smartphones into PCs

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardwar...-for-android/1
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Old 22nd Feb 2012, 11:51   #2
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Come on bit-tech, at least show your users this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQozs5tXxwY
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Awesome stuff by Canonical....
As a side note that as nothing to do with this news:
The funny thing is that ubuntu can run these days on a phone, but mac mountain crappy lion cannot run on dual cores. Just comes to show where apple lies their priorities.... certainly not their users.
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That is cool!

Having your desktop in your pocket would be awesome, is this a demo or just a concept?
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Awesome stuff by Canonical....
As a side note that as nothing to do with this news:
The funny thing is that ubuntu can run these days on a phone, but mac mountain crappy lion cannot run on dual cores. Just comes to show where apple lies their priorities.... certainly not their users.
In all fairness, this can only run on quad-core phones.

Funky idea though. My phone is probably more powerful than my five year old work laptop, so I'd be more than happy to switch over. Would make hot-desking a lot more simple as well.
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Nice concept and looks to integrate seamlessly with the existing Android install, but I'd have thought the underlying hardware could be utilized more efficiently -- wouldn't having only one OS running provide a more pleasant and responsive user experience?

Obviously it's largely down to provided functionality but I'd have thought Android could be modified to provide this without running an additional operating system on already relatively meager hardware.

That said, it's still a pretty cool implementation.
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i'd like it more if it wasn't specifically ubuntu. i'd rather have debian support, where i could customize it more and a quad core wouldn't be required.
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It is a shame that they have alienated such a large group of smartphones by only allowing quad-cores =\
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It is a shame that they have alienated such a large group of smartphones by only allowing quad-cores =\
I'd imagine it's because single or dual core phones aren't up to the task -- I'd guess they've hacked together a custom kernel using pretty odd core assignment voodoo.
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wooohoo. Now we get to play in the command line on phones as well...Think I'll stick with Android for now.
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wooohoo. Now we get to play in the command line on phones as well...Think I'll stick with Android for now.
i see you are one of the many people who stereotype linux as a CLI-based OS.
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In all fairness, this can only run on quad-core phones.

Funky idea though. My phone is probably more powerful than my five year old work laptop, so I'd be more than happy to switch over. Would make hot-desking a lot more simple as well.
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It is a shame that they have alienated such a large group of smartphones by only allowing quad-cores =\
The news article above isn't 100% correct.

The official Ubuntu website says "In every dual-core phone, there’s a PC trying to get out."

http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/android

It also says "Dual-core 1GHz CPU" on the Features and specs page.

http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/androi...ures-and-specs
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The news article above isn't 100% correct. The official Ubuntu website says "In every dual-core phone, there’s a PC trying to get out." It also says "Dual-core 1GHz CPU" on the Features and specs page.
Interesting - the press release Canonical sent to me last night only mentioned quad-cores, and given that Shuttleworth himself said the desktop was "the killer app for quad-cores," I assumed he knew what he was talking about. I'll update the article, ta.
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Interesting - the press release Canonical sent to me last night only mentioned quad-cores, and given that Shuttleworth himself said the desktop was "the killer app for quad-cores," I assumed he knew what he was talking about. I'll update the article, ta.
I read somewhere else this morning that it works on dual core phones and wanted to double check and came across those links. One would obviously think that a press release direct from the company would be correct.
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i see you are one of the many people who stereotype linux as a CLI-based OS.
I've used linux on and off for many years and don't see the point of working out of the cmd line on a phone.
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i see you are one of the many people who stereotype linux as a CLI-based OS.
I've used linux on and off for many years and don't see the point of working out of the cmd line on a phone.
if by "working out of the cmd line" you mean "operating a cmd line" you completely missed my point - i'm trying to say you DON'T need to use the command line and linux should not be stereotyped as requiring to do so. ubuntu is one of few distros that don't ever require you to open up a terminal. i happen to use distros like arch or debian, where a cli is necessary, but i personally like the cli and find it faster than a gui in many cases.
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I've used linux on and off for many years and don't see the point of working out of the cmd line on a phone.
You do of course realise Andorid is Linux?

In basically the same way the window manager that chap is using in the video is just another application running on a Linux kernal, Andorid is just a layer on top of the kernel.
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