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Ubuntu Now Available On the Nexus 7 87

Posted by timothy
from the categorical-blurring dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Ubuntu for the Nexus 7 was released today and Ubuntu Member Benjamin Kerensa has provided photos and video of it in action." I wish the Nexus 7 had what most Android tablets lack: a full-size USB port (or SD card slot) to make such OS experimenting easier.
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Ubuntu Now Available On the Nexus 7

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  • Useless (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 26, 2012 @07:44PM (#41784811)

    I won't by a tablet unless it has a USB host and an SD slot. My $100 android phone has OTG and microSD, why can't they put those features in all tablets? It's not a cost issue, most ARM SoC have built in usb host and sd slots are as cheap as a 0.10 connector and a few PCB traces.

    Those designers should feel shame

  • Re:OTG is magic! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 26, 2012 @08:12PM (#41785071)

    Because it's as easy as having the right cable [amazon.com]

    Now you have a full-sized USB port. :-p

  • Re:Finally! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by emblemparade (774653) on Friday October 26, 2012 @08:23PM (#41785183)

    A desktop shell is a very small part of the experience. Try sending an email using Thunderbird via a tablet, and you'll quickly see the problems... What Ubuntu needs in order to be a good tablet OS is an application ecosystem, at the very least the basic stuff.

    Thing is, having a relatively cheap reference platform (mature distro on an ARM tablet) will allow a lot of devs an opportunity to make touch-friendly version of their apps. And, a few years from now, we might have a smoother experience between desktops/tablets/phones.

    The advantages of having a single platform for all are mostly for the devs; but when devs are happy, the benefits trickle down to users, too, who have a much more vibrant ecosystem. This is exactly what MS is doing with Win 8/RT.

    Would also be great to see Ubuntu support running Android apps! Lets have the best of both worlds!

  • by jareth-0205 (525594) on Friday October 26, 2012 @08:25PM (#41785189) Homepage

    > I wish the Nexus 7 had what most Android tablets lack: a full-size USB port (or SD card slot) to make such OS experimenting easier.

    *Sigh*. Really? *Really?* You want to ruin the design by putting an oversized USB socket just because it would save 1 person in hundreds of thousands from having to buy an adapter? Which you probably own anyway?

  • Re:USB OTG (Score:3, Insightful)

    by redmid17 (1217076) on Saturday October 27, 2012 @03:28AM (#41787415)
    For a tablet, yes it is a replacement. Tablets are tablets for a reason

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