Trial Touch Ubuntu no longer starts from Android

Jul

7

2013

In a new test version of Ubuntu Touch, the version of Canonical’s operating system that runs on tablets and smartphones, no longer start from an Android environment. Henceforth start Ubuntu Touch directly own environment.

In older test versions of Ubuntu Canonical’s mobile operating system, the environment started after Android was booted. This was done through a chroot command in userland environment of Android. Ubuntu Touch was therefore described by some developers as just a shell on top of the Android kernel, something many mobile phone manufacturers do.

In the latest test images of Ubuntu Touch this model is significantly changed. The operating system itself starts now, and Android within a so-lxc containter a virtualized environment is started. Touch the Ubuntu developers called the changes a “container flip ‘and argue that the new test images are a harbinger of the final Ubuntu Touch architecture. However, it is noted that the new test images have not yet finish the test environment that still was started from Android but this was soon to change.

The first Developer Preview of Ubuntu Touch appeared in February. The test version of Ubuntu for touch screen devices include available for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the LG Nexus 4, the Asus Nexus 7 and the Samsung Nexus 10, but eventually the mobile OS easy to port to other on Android running devices .

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