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Are you the proud owner of a Google Nexus 7 or 10? You can be the first to try the new Ubuntu tablet OS.
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I'm curious, what's the "advantage" of switching to Ubuntu from Android? Are there in fact any? 
 
+Gary Ormond well... I believe that would be personal... and since no one really used it yet... nobody knows. I can imagine both advantages and disadvantages. I do however believe that if your an Ubuntu user for Desktops, this might be a really nice alternative for tablets...
 
Its a new software with huge potential....worth a test drive.
 
+Gary Ormond  It allows you to have synergy across multiple devices. If you use Ubuntu as your preferred PC OS you'll gain the most from it. Everything accessible from every device.
 
Yeah, it's all about ecosystem i guess. I wonder if we'll ever see Android for desktop; considering we have windows, iOS & now Ubuntu across all form-factors.
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I use Windows and Android, and everything I need is accessible from every device. Unless desktop Ubuntu applications run on ARM processors and can be loaded on a mobile device, I fail to see the point. Will my vested Android apps run on Ubuntu? Is there a viable market for Ubuntu mobile apps? If I wanted a mobile platform with no apps, I'd just switch to Windows RT.
 
+Gary Ormond Google already has ChromeOS, surely it is very similar to Android and slowly getting intergrated more.
 
+Ray B Ubuntu and Android are two different animals that drink from the same water pool. I believe the Apps and Software are interchangeable as long as you don't mind performing a few 'tweaks'.
 
It could be better than note 10 
 
Nexus 7 is amazing with Android 4.2.2, no point jumping to a brand new OS.
 
Its linux. 60% of the apps will not work. NO flash. No netflix. My Nexus 7 will never see this OS installed.
 
It's too early to make a decision on this either way. If you're finding it necessary to comment along the lines of "what's the point," you're not the target audience. Android is Linux. So bringing popular Android apps to this platform will not be rocket science. Sit back and give it some time to develop before making a decision on something you don't understand that's primarily for early adopters who are running Ubuntu on their desktops.   
 
I Know that 90% of the things that work on android, pc, and mac do not work on Ubuntu. I have had it on a laptop for 4 years and it does get better and better. But the fact is, It is no where near any of the other OS systems. I guess if you are a programmer or hacker its great. Or if you ONLY check email its great. But it has a long way to go. They need real hardware driver support first off. All these homemade 3rd party drivers never work. Yes, its stable after 3 weeks of tweaking the crap out of it. You can never just install and its up and running 100% Also most apps you have to pay for, its not a FREE OS anymore the store has nothing like it did 2 years ago. And you know that the video is all pre render, you know that the OS does not run like that on your nexus. I hope it does work out and they start making money. Ubuntu has some great ideas but they never seem to work.
 
+David Wagner what version are you running on your 4 yr old laptop? I'm not going to try to debate your personal bad experience, but it has come a long way. I've been installing Ubuntu on a variety of systems over the years and it largely 'just works' out of the gate on all of them. Sure, there are many popular commerical/proprietary applications that aren't available natively, but saying it's only good for email is just silly.

Millions of people are using this software everyday for all manner of non-trival tasks. You would be surprised how many web servers are running on it (Ubuntu) as well.

Edit/P.S. Just because there are paid apps available in the in Ubuntu store does not mean it's not free software - it is; it's a free OS. Flash, etc also work on it.
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+Chris Duffy Go to nextflix.com on your Ubuntu system let me know how that works out. Or how about installing a video driver for your new $300 video card. Or even getting your wireless to work out of the box with out some crazy work around. I LOVE and support the OS the problem is no one else does.
 
I have a 4-year-old ThinkPad, running Linux Mint 14. Everything worked with no problem, including wireless networking, printer, scanner, screen, everything but the fingerprint scanner, no workaround needed. It doesn't run Office, or a lot of commercial apps, though.
 
I have installed it with 5 different wireless adapters and none would work.
 
+David Wagner Netflix requires a paid subscription and Microsoft Silverlight software to work. That being said, You can get it to work on Ubuntu if follow this: http://lifehacker.com/5963726/netflix-finally-comes-to-ubuntu-in-the-form-of-an-unofficial-desktop-app  (WINE emulator with Firefox for MS w/ a few other tweaks)

I can't speak to your experience because you haven't offered any specifics about your hardware, the version of Ubuntu you had problems with, or if this was a few years ago that you tried. Both Netflix and some kind of custom high-end video card are edge case examples, not "90%" ones. There are lots of resources and tons of support out there and usually with a little patience and possibly some assistance you can get most things working just fine with it. This didn't always used to be the case, but largely is now. The fact that we're commenting in a thread about putting it on a mobile phone is kind of indicative of that. It's not for everyone and YMMV, but your claims of it not working for everyone just because you had some problems with it aren't the case. Anymore, +Ed Detlie's experience is the norm. It's regrettable that wasn't the case for you, but there is support out there if you want to try again. Although, it also just might not be the right solution for you. I only jumped in because it is for others. I'm looking forward to flashing this onto my Galaxy Nexus today to give it a whirl. 
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