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Ubuntu to strengthen Android devices with desktop docking

by Alistair Lowe on 23 February 2012, 10:33

Tags: Canonical

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In a rather ingenious feat, Ubuntu developer, Canonical, is nearing completion of a new version of its latest OS, likely based on the upcoming 12.04 LTE release, that is capable of running along-side Android on high-end dual-core smartphones.

The idea is to provide a full-blown desktop experience when docking a smartphone. What's most impressive is that, as opposed to a separate virtualized solution or dual-boot scenario, the OS has been re-jigged to share the Android kernel, enabling the safe sharing of resources and data by going through the same kernel access layers; even receiving calls on the Ubuntu desktop whilst docked.

The OS will require at least a 1GHz dual-core device, hardware accelerated OpenGL/ES, 2GB of storage for the image, HDMI out with a second frame-buffer, USB host mode and 512MB of RAM.

Ubuntu for Android

 

Canonical is currently looking for interested OEMs, with a view to launch on year-end devices and with phones featuring new 28nm CPUs such as the recently benchmarked Qualcomm MSM9860, the desktop OS is likely to perform very well indeed.

Ubuntu for Android has us extremely excited!




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Wow, sounds neat!
Now they just need to make Unity work with actual desktops.
aidanjt
Now they just need to make Unity work with actual desktops.


It's all down to drivers I've learned, I have a GeForce 480GTX OC and it runs terribly with 3D acceleration enabled, however when I run it on-top of VM Player and go through the VM drivers performance is excellent.
Scribe
It's all down to drivers I've learned, I have a GeForce 480GTX OC and it runs terribly with 3D acceleration enabled, however when I run it on-top of VM Player and go through the VM drivers performance is excellent.

I'm not talking about the graphics.
Sounds like they are taking a different aproach to what microsoft are doing with Apollo, rather than forcing a touch orientated UI on the desktop, they are forcing a UI everyone hates on the desktop, but you can use a dual core mobile phone as a desktop which you'll hate.

I must admit I like the idea of using a touch device in a 'dock station' because if your doing work for any real amount of time you want a desk a good chair, good screens etc.