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Ubuntu Touch Launches One Day Before Windows 8.1

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September 24, 2013 7:29:31 AM

Will mac sue them for synchronized attack to their ios?
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September 24, 2013 7:31:33 AM

Not really sure this is going to change much anything... Though a certain type of person will have some fun loading it onto some touch devices.
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September 24, 2013 7:52:08 AM

Options are always good as they drive innovation and downward pressure on price.
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September 24, 2013 7:55:47 AM

There is already a mobile device called Touch from Zen. They gonna get sued.
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September 24, 2013 8:16:08 AM

Glad to see this is finally happening.

The vision of having a completely uncompromized mobile environment transform into an equally uncompromised desktop environment when docked with a keyboard and or mouse is very interesting. An operating system that adjusts itself based on screen size and the input devices attached to it.

Plug your phone into a dock connected to a monitor, mouse, and keyboard and it becomes a desktop. Plug your tablet into a keyboard dock and it becomes a desktop. Disconnect and it's instantly back to tablet mode. No fussing with different screens, silly start buttons, or a touch interface that also has to be mouse compatible.

Also, since most of the Ubuntu app repository is already optimized for ARM, there are very few compatibility issues that way.

I'm not sure how well received another mobile os will be, but Ubuntu Touch has generally received some pretty good reviews from testers.





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September 24, 2013 8:18:37 AM

can't wait to try out Ubuntu Touch on my nexus 10
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September 24, 2013 8:19:11 AM

Why no love for toro or toroplus? :-( We're Galaxy Nexuses, too!
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September 24, 2013 8:20:36 AM

I'll wait until launch and see how the reception is before trying this out....sounds good though...
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September 24, 2013 8:38:26 AM

I've been flashing nightly builds onto my Nexus 4 for a while now, and I haven't seen too much progress in the past few weeks. I'm sure that they'll make their deadline, but there are still a few things that need to be ironed out. I can't wait to flash a truly stable version of Ubuntu Touch in a few weeks!
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September 24, 2013 9:27:03 AM

I enjoy experimenting with OSs on my desktop but I have my regular OS ghosted so I can restore it when done trying out another OS. Is there a way to ghost the OS on Nexus 7 before installing a different OS? Or do you have to reinstall the old OS and lose all settings and configurations?
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September 24, 2013 10:25:04 AM

This will find no traction in the consumer market.
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September 24, 2013 10:25:06 AM

For it to take of it need to run all android apps, since android is linux based I don't see why it cant be done.
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September 24, 2013 11:00:00 AM

FrankInKY said:
I enjoy experimenting with OSs on my desktop but I have my regular OS ghosted so I can restore it when done trying out another OS. Is there a way to ghost the OS on Nexus 7 before installing a different OS? Or do you have to reinstall the old OS and lose all settings and configurations?


You can do a nandroid backup of your system, that will restore the OS and the apps/settings. In order to do that you need to have a custom recovery installed (or at least booted into).
Alternatively, you can use an app to perform a backup of your apps/data (like My Backup or Helium, if not rooted, to use with it's desktop counterpart), or Titanium Backup (if rooted). Also, download the appropriate system image from Google (the one that corresponds to your hardware model). When done experimenting, you can reinstall that factory image, then restore your apps and data from the backup.
Not complicated, but a bit time consuming.
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September 24, 2013 4:06:13 PM

its a pity the Edge never came out. also a pity i dont have a supported device to try out the os >< will have to wait for wider support and maybe load it onto my old xt910
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September 24, 2013 4:08:05 PM

Can't wait for the 3rd version of Ubuntu Touch to be released, then Epic software sue them for using UT3
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September 25, 2013 6:40:55 AM

back_by_demand said:
Can't wait for the 3rd version of Ubuntu Touch to be released, then Epic software sue them for using UT3


Epic would have a hard time sueing Canonical over "UT3" seeing as how it would most likely be a consumer applied acronym and not one applied by Canonical.
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September 25, 2013 7:47:47 PM

Actually, Windows 8.1 releases to those running Windows 8 on October 17 as well. So, really, they release together.
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