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As promised, Canonical has released the Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview, complete with full source code and installation images for supported devices. The company warns, however, that this early, alpha-quality release is strictly for developers and enthusiasts only. "While a huge amount of Engineering and Design work has been put …

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Interesting....

...to see how well the UI works, after the Unity stuff (which I've migrated to fine if I'm honest.

Got a managed wireless system to install in the next few weeks which requires Wifi Analyser on the current Android build of me Nexus 4 (which are widely available again, kids! got mime three days after ordering...) but once that is out of the way, I think I'll have a play with this.

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What about the fragmentation issue?

What about the fragmentation issue - fud?

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Re: What about the fragmentation issue?

I wouldn't pay too much attention to our friend RICHTO ;)

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Re: What about the fragmentation issue?

Who are you calling a fud?

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Would love

a version for this for the Asus transformer infinity that is easy to install. Looks brilliant

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Does anyone know...

How tricky it would be for flavours of Linux (and ChromeOS, for that matter) to run Android apps?

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kiosk mode

Can see a lot of applications for this, a cheap touch screen device with wifi that can be placed anywhere. just lock it down,, install software, add a card reader and you have ePOS

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Re: kiosk mode

ePOS

ePieceOfShit?

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Multi boot please

I personally think that Tablet Ubuntu needs a mult-boot setup as standard (not some third party hacky instructions that I've seen for the Nexus 7 + desktop Ubuntu). Until then, it'll be a real pain for anyone who wants to keep using Android whilst tinkering with Tablet Ubuntu.

This problem was solved way back on the HP TouichPad - add a recovery image, moboot and Cyanagenmod 9 and you can merrily boot between Android and webOS.

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Installed it last night

I flashed a Galaxy Nexus and a Nexus 7 last night with the preview. Phone and SMS work out of the box using a 3 PAYG SIM. Wifi works too. In terms of apps, the web browser, photo gallery, notes, contacts apps all work fine. All this means that it is very usable as a basic phone or for casual web browsing at home.

The porting guide got released today: http://developer.ubuntu.com/2013/02/taking-ubuntu-touch-to-new-levels/ so I wouldn't be surprised if we started seeing the preview on other devices sooner or later.

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