Software Spotlight: Holy UBUNTU BATMAN….what in the world is that?
So I wanted to revisit this whole “Ubuntu Phone” hubbub and discuss what is going on with Ubuntu touch. It is* true you can install Ubuntu Touch (link below), but it’s not quite ready yet for prime time. There is even a “lovely” disclaimer on the install page:
““Touch Developer Preview for Ubuntu” is released for free non-commercial use. It is provided without warranty, even the implied warranty of merchantability, satisfaction or fitness for a particular use. See the licence included with each program for details.”
So should you try it? YES! I did so and it is quite nice. There are many features that are either missing or just not ready yet. The install is a “snapshot” of the current release they have out in the wild, and not meant to be a benchmark against anything understandably. I have this running on my ol’ Google Galaxy Nexus, and every video I have seen, it is on that device. Currently the install is only “approved” for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. I would not advise trying this on other devices that are your primary modes of communication, but who knows some of it may work on, for instance a Samsung Galaxy S3.
The instructions are pretty easy to follow, and thankfully a ppa was set up for it, so you can always receive the latest image. So, hey, what the hell, give it a go!
Twit.tv coverage: http://twit.tv/show/floss-weekly/252