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[Engadget] Ubuntu lands on Nexus 7 slates with Canonical's one-click installer

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If you'd rather not let your Nexus 7 live out its life as a Jelly Bean-toting device, Canonical's freshly minted Ubuntu Nexus 7 Desktop Installer can help. Instead of allowing Ubuntu to ride shotgun with Android, the installer requires unlocking the device's bootloader, which wipes the slate clean. Once the Nexus 7 is unlocked, started in fastboot mode and connected to an Ubuntu machine, the one-click installation software takes care of the rest. Roughly 10 to 15 minutes later, your tablet will be running full-blown Ubuntu.
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Hmmm... I'm not so sure about this.
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I think it would be sick if they ported Windows 8 to it.
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Originally Posted by tuffy12345 View Post

I think it would be sick if they ported Windows 8 to it.

How about no

Even as a Windows fan, i see way more support and compatibility for Linux on non-x86 platforms.
   
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What's the point if it can't run any x86 software?
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Hmmm, what's the ARM app library for Ubuntu like? I'm almost tempted to tinker with this sometime when I'm super bored. thinking.gif
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This sounds great! I absolutely loved running ubuntu on my Galaxy Nexus but always wished that the screen was a bit bigger. My wish has finally been granted.

There are ARM versions of Ubuntu distros available with a decent range of package support. With tablets taking over the netbook/laptop marketshare, this will only continue to grow.
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The fact it doesn't look weird on a 7" tablet in desktop mode should tell you something.
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This looks really cool, makes me want to get a Nexus 7. One question though: Is there anything significant that Ubuntu can do that Android cannot?
 
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