Last night I installed Ubuntu 3.0 on my Nexus 7 using this guide.
The Ubuntu Desktop Installer did not work for me so had to do it manually from the command line. I can confirm those commands do work. If you’ve ever re-installed Android onto your Nexus 7, its a virtually identical process. Once all of the files were pushed to the device, it rebooted, and presented me with the usual Ubuntu setup wizard, and an on-screen keyboard! After completing the wizard, it rebooted again, and I was at the usual Ubuntu desktop that we all know and love.
The experience of interacting with a real Ubuntu desktop on my Nexus 7 blew my mind.
Even right now its still awesome. Touch interaction still has a ways to go before I’d recommend this for prime time (I’ll probably be switching back to Android when I get home from typing this). If you planned on only using this with a keyboard and mouse, I’d say no problem, but chances are, you’ll want to pick it up and poke at it to get it to do things. If you are planning on using this at all as a “tablet” don’t do it just yet, Android is still a better option for that. Once the interface becomes more touch friendly (and I don’t think they have too far to go), they’ll be golden.
Have you ever had a netbook? Its little better than that.
Overall, I love it, in spite of the fact that I’ll be reinstalling Android very shortly.
The flipside of that would be to make a desktop for Android. I feel like it would be easier for Android to make a desktop, than what Ubuntu is having to go through to make a touch interface. You can already use a keyboard and mouse with Android, but applications take up the whole screen, and I’m still waiting on a LibreOffice APK. Android already has a massive library of applications, it’s already optimized for ARM..
As I’ve mentioned before, the PC revolution as we know it is over. We’re in uncharted territory now. Microsoft seems to be the biggest player that’s actually pumping out products that are trying to address this. Ubuntu is hard at work too.. Apple, ironically enough, seems content having a desktop OS and a mobile OS that, while sometimes sharing similar UI elements, are entirely different operating systems.
Also I installed CM 10.2 on Yong’s Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (i317) this morning. Everything works! Even GPS.. a feature that still eludes me on my Galaxy S2 (i777) running CM 10.2 as well.. If my GPS worked.. I would have zero desire to replace my handset…
Recent price cut on Nexus 4 = sold out 4GB mdoels.
Next Android OS (4.4) to be called Kit-Kat. New (?) Nexus accidentally leaked in video from Google advertising new operating system code name, so that’s kinda exciting. Might actually get this one if it’s priced right.
Time to go home and swim. I typed this entire post on my Nexus 7 running Ubuntu 13.04. Exciting times ahead!