Ubuntu For Android Announced

Ubuntu for Android is one thing I’d DEFINITELY try if it was made available for those with Android tablets, it looks slick. but enough of me just putting my opinion on it, it’s better to have facts backing it up. and there’s not many of those this early on.

From what I gather from the video and the site for it, it will be compatible with both PC versions of Ubuntu (Desktop and Laptop) and Ubuntu TV which was announced earlier this month. The device it is to be run on needs to have multiple processor cores, and can seamlessly share data with Ubuntu PCs and Ubuntu TVs. The hardware specs are kind of high, needing a dual-core 1GHz CPU, a USB Host Mode, 2GB storage, Video Acceleration with shared kernel driver for OpenGL or ES/EGL, 512 MB RAM, and HDMI Video Out with a secondary frame buffer device, which are not low end requirements by any means, Did I mention that it requires Android version 2.3 or higher? My Acer Iconia Tab A100 might possibly be able to run this, can’t say for sure, as I haven’t looked at my RAM or CPU.

Either way, this might just be one thing that gets me to keep Unity, as it makes it so Unity make a bit more sense.

–Cody Smith

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News and a slight explanation to absence

First off: the reason I have been inactive is because I have been busy, I have a life away from the keyboard too, you know.

Now for some news:

News:

  • Ubuntu 12.04 Alpha 2 has recently been released and I intend to do a (text and picture only) review and give my thoughts on it. I know, I said I would get Videos of this, but my LaptopĀ  being the only PC I have that has enough RAM to do more than at the most Firefox and the XFCE Music Browser while running XFCE, won’t encode the screencasts right, and I’m looking for a better software to do the actual screencasts, and I’m looking for another video hosting site, as Youtube seems to be nothing but trolls.
  • I am looking into getting permission to put a copy of the Ubuntu Developer News (which I help with) and if I get permission, I may get one more thing that I can use to keep me going on this blog.
  • Ubuntu Global Jams are in the works of being planned out around the world. click here for the original announcement, click here for info about Global Jams from the Ubuntu Wiki, and click here to see if there is one near you (of course, if you are part of a LoCo Team, you might already know most of this)
  • Ubuntu 12.04 is open for testing: the next release of Ubuntu (codenamed Precise Pangolin) is the next LTS (Long Term Support) release, and as such, those who want to contribute to Ubuntu and are not afraid to use alpha quality releases are encouraged to download the current daily build, and install it on your PC, but bear in mind that there are many bugs that still need fixing, and tat is why there is a need for testers.

I will be getting my Notebook PC back from having it repaired this coming week, and I will install Ubuntu 12.04 on it and write a review up soon after. I may do a video around that time and might end up using Youtube despite the trolls if I can find a good screencasting program.

–Cody Smith