Ubuntu OS preview coming to Nexus 4/Galaxy Nexus February 21st.

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  1. ChazUK macrumors 603

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  2. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020

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    I may pick up a Nexus 4 after I sell my Note 2. I'd like to try out Ubuntu.
     
  3. mathcolo macrumors 6502a

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    I definitely will want to give it a try, but I'm afraid that it may only come out for the GSM Galaxy Nexus, and not the Verizon 4G LTE version. The CDMA stack is super closed-source in the Android world as it is already :(
     
  4. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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    2 more days and then my Nexus gets a new lease on life.

    I say this because I don't know how long Google will support the GNexus.
     
  5. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    Part of me wishes I had a Galaxy Nexus. I don't really feel like messing around with my main phone with a brand new operating system.

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    My guess is it will see Key Lime Pie and that will be the end.
     
  6. viskon macrumors 6502

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    Definitely will try Ubuntu out.

    I wouldn't worry about support for the GNex. I expect Cyanogenmod support for at least 2 years after Google stops supporting the GNex.
     
  7. knucklehead macrumors 6502a

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    It's supposed to become available for the N7 at the same time, isn't it?
    I'll probably delay putting my N7 on the market a few days to take a quick look at the rough developer preview that I believe it's supposed to be -- if it's not too much of a PITA to install -- the preview videos videos do look interesting.

    Honestly, I installed Ubuntu on a laptop again for the first time in several years, just a few weeks ago in preparation for this ... and I haven't really bothered trying to get past the network setup screen ... I remembered why I like Apple products ...

    I'm all for choice and options, but I'm already spending way more time than I should just screwing around with all this stuff -- I have other things I really _should_ be doing...
     
  8. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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    That's weird, because I took about five minutes to make it work better.... but everything was working out of the box with my MBA.
     
  9. knucklehead macrumors 6502a

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    Make what work better? (than what???)

    This is just an extreme back burner curiosity project for me. It's the second time I've installed it, and it was still a fair amount of work and confusion. If you look at the Ubuntu site in the help section, you'll find they acknowledge that's common for most. I'll get around to messing with it some more ... when I have some time on my hands that I don't know what else to do with -- I really don't see Ubuntu immediately doing anything for me. I do appreciate Apple's design philosophy of striving for "It just works". I, along with most other people (perhaps not on this forum), would rather have these devices work more for us, than the other way around.
     
  10. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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    The open source wireless driver works better, connects faster and is just overall more stable, so I moved to that. I put in a new fan controller, which made the fan run quieter most of the time. I got apt-fast to update faster.

    Better than what? It's defaults.

    I'm not saying everyone should jump ship, OS X is quite the amazing OS. I still use OS X a lot of the time. I'm simply saying that Ubuntu is quite quickly getting to the point where it just works.
     
  11. knucklehead macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks.

    I've always had it in my mind that I would move to Ubuntu if Apple ever lost me as a customer. Hasn't happened yet, but I'm glad Ubuntu is there. Right now I'm putting my mess around time into Android.
     
  12. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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    Actually, I'd love to see an Android laptop.

    It likely won't happen any time soon, though.
     
  13. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

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    I wonder how well Android 5 will run, if it'll be resource hungry. I've seen my Nexus 7 sometimes run out of memory and my friends old galaxy Nexus have them running JB.

    Looking at my Nexus 4 ram usage its fine, bit if I had 1GB less like the GNex it might be tight.
     

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    No offence, but you clearly have no understanding of how Linux in general and Android specifically, handles memory.
     
  15. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    The more memory you have the more the OS will use. I have no doubts the Galaxy Nexus will handle Key Lime just fine. 1gb and a 1.2Ghz Dual Core is plenty.
     
  16. 3bs macrumors 603

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    Might give this a whirl seeing as my Nexus 4 isn't my main device currently.
     
  17. Donvald macrumors member

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    I think Ubuntu on mobiles will turn out to be the Android alternative. It appeals more I'd say to the Android crowd with its level of 'customability' and open source nature.

    When it becomes available for the Note 2 officially or through XDA, I'll give it a go. I can even imagine in the very new future, maybe even Dec this year, phones that are powerful enough to feature side by side OS implementation; having Android just a swipe away from accessing the full Ubuntu suite.

    Its pretty clear now; the 'smartphone' is dying, the 'pocket computer with telephonic capabilities' is almost here.:)
     
  18. ChazUK thread starter macrumors 603

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    I gave it a quick whirl on the N4. It's a breeze to flash in Ubuntu.
    [​IMG]

    Very slick interface but there are so many placeholders on the OS at the moment that it's unusable as a daily driver for now. The browser also has an iPhone header so when you're browsing on it, sites think you're using an iPhone. :D

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Really looking forward to seeing the final product now.
     
  19. 3bs macrumors 603

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    Chaz do you mind sharing detailed instructions of how to install it? I can't seem to make sense of any of the steps on this link :p also how do you get back? Can you boot into recovery and restore from a backup?

    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Touch/Install
     
  20. ChazUK thread starter macrumors 603

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    Are you using Ubuntu already? Those instructions are for anyone using Ubuntu. :)

    I reverted back to stock by using the factory images. Not sure if you can just nandroid back to where you were, sorry! :(
     
  21. 3bs macrumors 603

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    I have Ubuntu in Parallels but I have no experience with it. I just installed it cause it was free and I have a big SSD :p
     
  22. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

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    Still does not account for my Nexus 7 sometimes crashing apps because of a lack of memory, same for my friends GNex at work.

    I think it'll still see 5.0, just curious how smooth it'll run, seeing as how older devices saw Jelly Bean.
     

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