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Re: What is Ubuntu for Android?
I'm a Linux geekoid and have been reading up on the Ubuntu mobile OS lately.
It's why I bought a dual-core Android phone... my first smart phone. See, I like my keyboard and screen. I spend a lot of time coding in a text editor (Emacs, sorry Vim loooozers) running in a terminal emulator (I'm digging Tilda these days). The mobile widgets didn't interest me until they became mobile computers with awkward interfaces. My point is: the only reason I'm interested in Android is because it's based on Linux, and I love Linux.
Ubuntu mobile's pretty slick really... since Android is already based on a stripped down version of the Linux kernel, with a dual-core phone and enough space, one can already dual boot an Android device into Linux, but the UI is all wrong! Ubuntu mobile OS adds the rest of the Linux kernel back in, including X and provides a smart UI that knows if it can present a desktop environment to a particular screen.
Once again Linux's inherent superiority over other OSes swoops in and saves the day. It's already tiny... Long-Term Support (LTS) kernels like Canonical's are lean, secure, scalable, and ridiculously stable. They require usually only 512MB RAM and only a few gig of persistent storage, and are preferred for multi-core, multi-threaded, secure protocol network operations... that's why the Internet runs on Linux. The servers at Google HQ will be running the same basic OS as your phone.
What's not awesome about that?
This is the is the first phone upgrade that ever mattered.