Ubuntu Touch looks nice but read this if you want to make calls

I tried last weekend to install Ubuntu 13.10 on my nexus 4. It looks nice, is still buggy, and the most troubling thing is that I could not connect to a GSM Network.

  • To summarize:

  • No data Connection at all out of the box
  • No Sim locking supported, unlock SIM if you want to try this release
  • Forget about whatsapp and all this nice Android apps. If you want to use Android apps then install double boot (Which I dislike, it’s enough to have one problem on the phone)
    Probably needs some weeks more development and testing until you can really enjoy a full working phone.
For those that want to try it out follow the installation instructions on https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Touch/Install
There is an step I completely forget: Sim security should be disabled (That's probably  why I didn't got the Network connection)
Installing Ubuntu

So for those souls that are courageous enough to try I encourage to read this page:


The Developer Preview currently only supports limited voice and SMS over GSM and WCDMA.
The following Radio technologies are not yet included in the Developer Preview:

  • CDMA
  • LTE
  • Airplane Mode
  • Settings ( eg. APN choice, 2G only, … )

Mobile data is generally not supported, data is available via Wi-Fi only. However, for instructions on how to enable 3G on devices, please see the following G+ post by Ricardo Salveti.

This is not at all a rant, Ubuntu is open source software, so if you want to collaborate just join the list and support the team. It’s just a reminder for those that want to jump on the boat too early, that is maybe worth to wait some months, instead of getting frustrated by the initial attempt.

Installing Ubuntu Linux in a tablet

When I read that Ubuntu made a special version to install in Acer’s Nexus 7 Tegra 3 tablet it certainly caught my attention. But after reading quite a lot in the forums I decided that I’m not going to loose time installing a quite buggy version to replace Android. Or I will, but just to help out reporting bugs, not for personal use.
After reading about Nvidia’s Tegra 3 I realized there are a lot of devices where this can work out.
One of my favourite in list is Asus Eee Pad Transformer that seems to work out quite well but with some annoyances.

I know that this is still quite experimental. But for me that I’m a php backend / front end developer to run a text editor and Firefox will be more than enough to work.

What is your opinion about it ? Would you use something like this as a second laptop ?
Would you take the time to give it a try ?