Mobile OSs Ubuntu on Android

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by viskon, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Just for fun, I loaded up Ubuntu on my Galaxy Nexus. I used the Complete Linux Installer app from the Play Store. Kind of cool to have a desktop OS on the phone.

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  2. macrumors regular

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    Is it actually usable? Doesn't it use VNC?
     
  3. macrumors 68040

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    Does it work smoothly? What problems have you run into?
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I only loaded it up to see if it works. It does use VNC for the GUI. There are 3 versions of Ubuntu images that one can load- the core image, which is just core Ubuntu, but does not have a GUI ; the small image, which has a light GUI and a few apps ; and a full image that has the main Ubuntu interface and has apps like OpenOffice. I loaded up the small image, mainly due to space constraints on my GNex.

    The small version runs better than I expected it to. I find it pretty smooth, as far as navigation is concerned. It comes with Chromium ( Google Chrome) and Firefox browsers installed. Chromium for me, has been unstable, but Firefox runs very well. I believe it has mouse support ( I could be wrong) . I would love to hook up to a monitor or TV to explore more,but I don't have an HDMI TV or monitor right now.
     
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    All the included apps seem to work well. Chromium seems unstable, but that is about it, so far.
     
  6. viskon, Feb 4, 2013
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    I loaded up the full Ubuntu image on to my GNex and also my HP Touchpad. Seems to work much better on the HP Touchpad than on the GNex. Paired with a keyboard and mouse, I have a feeling this would really suit the newer generation of tablets very well.

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