Anyway not to be deterred by this I decided to go all out and try to get a proper Ubuntu desktop installation up and running inside Ubuntu Touch:
I was probably getting a bit carried away with my successes using Ubuntu Touch. I had, however, had a lot of trouble getting libertine containers up and running, in fact, it wasn´t working at all and I couldn´t get any packages installed. After OTA-13 was released I tried changing update channels from the Sony “development channel” to the “stable release channel” and back again but the net result was that open store started crashing and various apps that had worked fine up until then stopped working.
Following on from my last report on uNav on Ubuntu Touch, I have done some further testing with uNav locally. I had one navigation hang-up …
I have now done a small amount of testing with the uNav app on Ubuntu Touch on my Sony Xperia X using offline mode and can say that it works just as I had hoped! I prefer to use offline mode with data “onboard”.
I have kept the ubuntu touch phone running (on Sony Xperia X) alongside my usual daily android with an old prepaid card in it for …
The Ubuntu Touch system has been up and running now for the better part of a month and, so far, has been totally stable with two larger system updates thrown in. All in all, I am impressed by the quality of it all. I think it is still a fairly niche system with a definite flair a bit like very early android.
Whilst doing this I realised just how slick and smooth the android ecosystem is, it all works and the more complicated stuff runs unseen in the background, it is, undoubtedly, a serious achievement and has ripened and grown over the years from beginnings that were, perhaps, not too unlike ubuntu touch at the moment. I began to realise just how dependent I have become on the android ecosystem and resolved to move my “cloudliness” into somewhere a little less transparent to big tech companies.
I have got that pre-install feeling, part of me is a bit excited, some trepidation and part of me is braced for disaster.
I´ve now sourced a new xperia x for just under €100 in a slightly disturbing green colour, it definitely needs some sort of case to reduce the amount of visible green, I shall procure something…
I have always had a soft spot for Linux/Ubuntu even though using the command line window is for me like trying to speak a foreign language that I don´t understand using a phrase book.