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    Phoronix: Ubuntu Continues Focusing On The Nexus 7 Tablet

    Ubuntu developers continue investing a great deal of time and resources on ensuring the Linux distribution runs smoothly on the Google Nexus 7 tablet...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTI0NTk

  • #2
    Finally we are starting to see real Linux on mobile devices, and not some crappy Android.

    The good that comes out from this is not necessarily the Ubuntu, but the fact that if Ubuntu is runnable it makes pretty much any Linux runnable.

    IMO the next mobile revolution WILL be real Linux. Jolla mobile has a Qt based phone coming out this year. Built by the same people who built the Nokia N9. I cannot wait

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    • #3
      Yes, but I'd like X.org to become an optional part of the Linux stack before Linux becomes mainstream on desktops and tablets, otherwise people with serious app will hook into X.org to get extra flexibility and X.Org will stay on top for a lot longer. And I hate X with a passion while I have to deal with some of its API (xlib) it's so awkward bleehhhw
      Last edited by mark45; 12-08-2012, 02:49 AM.

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      • #4
        The mer (sailfish) project already has a wayland/qt5/qml2 experimental fork available. Perhaps we will see the first real world application of wayland from the jolla mobile camp
        Last edited by varikonniemi; 12-08-2012, 04:00 AM.

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        • #5
          Priority should be for multi touch drivers. How hard can it be, yet Ubuntu still isn't geared to work on tablets.

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          • #6
            Am I correct in saying that the kernel is Andoid build?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by varikonniemi View Post
              Finally we are starting to see real Linux on mobile devices, and not some crappy Android.
              What's wrong with android?

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              • #8
                Tablet is a information appliance not a PC

                I am a Ubuntu user, I have it on my desktop computer at home.
                I have a Nexus 7 tablet, it is nice but I would not want Ubuntu on it.

                A tablet is not a PC or a workstation, it is an information appliance.

                I like Ubuntu on my desktop, but would not want it on my tablet.
                I like Android on my tablet, but would not want it on my desktop.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by uid313 View Post
                  I am a Ubuntu user, I have it on my desktop computer at home.
                  I have a Nexus 7 tablet, it is nice but I would not want Ubuntu on it.

                  A tablet is not a PC or a workstation, it is an information appliance.

                  I like Ubuntu on my desktop, but would not want it on my tablet.
                  I like Android on my tablet, but would not want it on my desktop.
                  Well others would like to move between device types and work witht he same applications and files.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by e8hffff View Post
                    Well others would like to move between device types and work witht he same applications and files.
                    You can work with the same files using cloud storage. Such as Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, Ubuntu One, Dropbox, or ownCloud, Git, rsync, etc.

                    But a 24" screen is different from a 7" tablet.
                    The applications would be different on such screen sizes.
                    On a tablet, you need applications with big buttons so you can use the touch interface to press them.
                    On a desktop, you don't want a touch-adapted interface with overly big buttons, because you use your mouse and keyboard.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by phoronix View Post
                      Phoronix: Ubuntu Continues Focusing On The Nexus 7 Tablet

                      Meanwhile, for those wanting more powerful ARM hardware that also works with Ubuntu Linux, I would highly recommend the Google Samsung Chromebook with the ARM Cortex-A15 as its performance is far superior to the current-generation Tegra and all around it's a great offering.

                      http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTI0NTk
                      Oh you are recommending something which (let me know if I forgot something please)
                      1. have no graphic driver in a working state for Linux
                      2. have a quite broken power save
                      I'm impressed..... really.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by e8hffff View Post
                        Am I correct in saying that the kernel is Andoid build?
                        yes it is a ubuntufied android kernel

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mark45 View Post
                          Yes, but I'd like X.org to become an optional part of the Linux stack before Linux becomes mainstream on desktops and tablets, otherwise people with serious app will hook into X.org to get extra flexibility and X.Org will stay on top for a lot longer. And I hate X with a passion while I have to deal with some of its API (xlib) it's so awkward bleehhhw
                          Want to second what Mark said here - I despise X - it's obsolete, slow, a big hack. It was useful in its time, but it's useless for now. Ubuntu eventually must run atop Wayland on the Nexus 7, or it will be a joke. I'd go as far as saying that right now Ubuntu w/X on the Nexus 7 is a far bigger joke than Android. Android at least redid the display server and removed the dependency on X, much as Wayland is trying to right now, except Wayland can really crack the dev doors open - and it won't be just Java/Dalvik but any language will be used for Nexus 7 or any other tablet. That's the future.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by AJenbo View Post
                            yes it is a ubuntufied android kernel
                            Another problem. What the hell is going on where one can't build a kernel on these SoCs. Why are these companies being so restrictive to Linux, yet allowing Android (Java domain ontop of Linux) platform.

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                            • #15
                              I'm kinda with uid313, I bought a Nexus 7 (partly due to good word of mouth from people here on Phoronix) and I think it's great. However I see it as a pure 'consumer' device and as such I use it for watching video, reading books, playing some games etc. I just can't see anything that Ubuntu on my Nexus 7 would offer that would make a difference in what I currently get based upon my usage patterns with it.

                              Then again it's tinkering, and it's always fun to tinker

                              Either way it's interesting seeing Canonical being so gung-ho about getting Ubuntu onto the Nexus 7. And of course it's brilliant that installing an alternative OS on this device is a viable option.

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