Earlier this week we had seen that Canonical was going to start putting more resources towards getting Ubuntu ready for the mobile world. The first developer devices for this project is actually and not surprisingly Google’s Nexus 7. As we continue to move closer to the Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS), there is not an install so that developers can easily get Ubuntu 12.0 loaded up on their Nexus tablet(s). I personally don’t own a Nexus 7 tablet, but with this news, I will definitely be getting one and throwing Ubuntu on it despite my hatred for unlocking devices (not really a hatred, but more scared that I’ll brick it!).
It is only obvious that your Nexus 7 is going to have to be unlocked for this to work, but after you do all of that, getting Ubuntu 12.0 on there looks fairly easy. There is even a full GUI that will hold your hand and walk you through the entire install process, and even get you started with the OS. Currently, there are a few known issues with the process at this moment. The first notable one is that fastboot can fail, and as yet Ubuntu is leaning towards being more of a memory hog that the Nexus 7 would really like. There are some other issues that should be aware of, you can check out the forum for more information on those issues.
The point of this project is specifically designed to optimize the base system of Ubuntu including the processor (CPU), memory, and even power issues. Canonical will not be working on any sort of changes to the Ubuntu UI or Unity with 13.04, those changes have been scheduled for 14.04, which is due in April of 2014. We definitely have a bit to go before we’ll be seeing that for sure. By then, I can only imagine how amazing Ubuntu will be on the Neuxs 7. And maybe we’ll even start seeing tablets and phones with Ubuntu 12.0 being the main operating system. That definitely would be something amazing to see. I personally would love to see the mobile industry have a bit more variety in terms of operating systems.
To be honest, this is the perfect time for you to get in the Ubuntu fun right now. Google is getting ready to release a 32GB version of the Nexus 7 at the Playground event in New York City, so if you were looking to get a second Nexus 7, you may just want to boot up Ubuntu 12.0 on your older one (or even your newer one if you would prefer that). The Ubuntu Developer Summit is on Monday, which is only a couple of days away, so you may want to wait and see what interesting things we are going to see about this project then.
This has a lot of awesome potential, and I can not wait to see this start to flourish. If you want to get Ubuntu on your tablet right now, make sure to hit the source link below, you’ll be able to learn how to install it fairly easily.