So I had exchanged e-mails with Victor Palau who is in charge of the Nexus 7 initiative for Ubuntu and released an early video and today I flashed my Nexus 7 using the instructions that Canonical released. The process was straightforward and just as easy as installing any other custom rom on an android device. You might also be interested to check out Jono’s blog post which talks about the initiative.
After the flash the Nexus 7 will go the a black screen with white text as it starts to build out the filesystem then it will initially boot into Ubuntu. I found the first bug which was Wireless does not seem to work on the first boot (I confirmed with a re-flash) so you will need to reboot for available networks to show up.
Unity works pretty nice aside from the occasional times it becomes unresponsive and the device requires a reboot and for some reasons apps inside the applications lenses cannot be launched so I was not able to use terminal to see all what is running.
Firefox ran excellent on Ubuntu for Nexus 7 while for some reason the default page was Amazon not the usual Google Search page you might be used to. Additionally the Dash did show the new Shopping Lens and so I searched for “Beans”.
and finally a short video (warning: shaky) showing some of the dash issues I ran into which was the unresponsiveness but all in all I really like this so far and look forward to providing some contributions in testing and other areas.
Update: Check out this new post with info on the script that powers the installer and potential for community flavors on the Nexus 7
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