Ubuntu for Android

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Many a sleepless night has been spent by Android hackers getting Ubuntu to run natively on our Android devices. It's hard work, but fun and the end result is something super-functional as well as super-cool. The folks at Canonical, the minds behind Ubuntu, think so, too. That's why they did it the right way, and have announced Ubuntu for Android.  This isn't some janky, twisted hybrid designed by the people who make your phone. We've seen that, and went away still wanting. This is software, from the people who write the software, specially tailored for our devices.

Imagine one device that goes with you all day, safely in your pocket, and when you stop for a while you can plug it in to an external display and have a full-blown desktop operating system, ready and able to be used as you would a normal desktop computer. All the things most folks do -- surf the Internet, answer and send e-mail, view, edit and share pictures -- it all can be done with a keyboard and mouse on the big screen. Nerds and geeks will take things to the extreme (we always do), but the average home PC user will have everything they need, without buying another expensive piece of electronics. 

Since it's Linux and open-source, it's also a building base for any number of great projects. Use Ubuntu's vast software library to install all the programs you would need to have a home entertainment center running from your phone. Or use programs like Open Office to edit and share spreadsheets and all the other document you would need for work. As the hardware in our Android devices gets better and faster, you'll be able to do even more. One day, people will be able to use their Android phone running Ubuntu to write programs and apps for Android and Ubuntu. The possibilities are endless, limited only by what the hardware can handle.

There will be a learning curve involved, as most folks aren't very familiar with Ubuntu yet. That's where we come in. We have Linux geeks on staff who know the ins-and-outs and we're champing at the bit to get our hands on this one. We'll be there to answer questions, and to work out the bugs as they appear. Just keep an eye on Android Central and you can stay up-to-date on all things about Ubuntu for Android.


Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.