Wanna walk around with Ubuntu on your phone?
So you take your phone with you pretty much everywhere; to school, to your friends house, to the toilet…..(huh?). Basically you always walk around with your phone. But do you walk around with your computer? Unless you’re rocking a Motorola Atrix or chugging around your laptop I think not (or if you take your iMac to a Starbucks in Brooklyn, but that’s another story). Well, the nice developers of Ubuntu (everyone’s favourite kernel of Linux) have made it possible to run Ubuntu in a similar manner as the Atrix.
Utilizing a nifty looking dock as well as a rebooted kernel on your dual-core Android powered smartphone you can actually boot Ubuntu off of your phone and on an external monitor. Everything from external drives to a mouse and keyboard can also be connected to the dock. This doesn’t necessarily boot Ubuntu on your phone; they make it very clear that Android is what boots on your phone. It does however boot from within the shared kernel, meaning it shares the OS. And that means that the amount of integration from your phone to the desktop interface is insane. From the Unity desktop you can actually view EVERYTHING on your phone; contacts, messages, browser history, network utilities, and even Android apps. You can view the files on your phone as if it was a main computer; pictures and videos included. You even get notifications on the desktop from your applications, which include unread emails, phone calls, and your messages.
Did I mention you can actually dock it to your TV, and it auto changes the interface you get from Ubuntu Unity to Ubuntu TV so you can view media in high definition? It runs incredibly smooth and quickly, exactly as if you were legitimately running Ubuntu off of another computer. When you dock the phone there’s no boot-up or lag, it instantly pops up on the screen. And when you unplug it it instantly shuts off. No hassles whatsoever. I have only one question; Why don’t I have this yet?
Oh yeah, it has to be done via your OEM, and there isn’t exactly a tutorial out there to do it yourself. Plus you need that really cool dock (droooooool). I’ll just wait until Samsung or Motorola decide to be cool and do this. Hopefully. In the meantime you can hit up the source down below to get to the actual page and see what all the fuss is about.
Source: Ubuntu Official