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Distributions for the Nexus 7 (TGDaily and HotHardware)

Distributions for the Nexus 7 (TGDaily and HotHardware)

Posted Dec 25, 2012 11:37 UTC (Tue) by nathanpc (guest, #88512)
Parent article: Distributions for the Nexus 7 (TGDaily and HotHardware)

It's awesome to see *real* (not just the kernel) Linux coming to tablets. Looking forward to the development of those projects.


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Distributions for the Nexus 7 (TGDaily and HotHardware)

Posted Dec 26, 2012 14:03 UTC (Wed) by nhippi (subscriber, #34640) [Link]

Yeah, because android doesn't use glibc, dbus, systemd, X11 and gtk/qt, lets look forward to the desktop Linux User Interface shoehorned into a touch-screen tablet.

Distributions for the Nexus 7 (TGDaily and HotHardware)

Posted Dec 26, 2012 14:37 UTC (Wed) by hummassa (subscriber, #307) [Link]

This is just silly. Nothing precludes X11, Qt, glibc from being used on tablets; and Plasma Active is a redesigned-from-the-groud, touch-native interface. No shoehorning required, thank you.

Distributions for the Nexus 7 (TGDaily and HotHardware)

Posted Dec 26, 2012 16:22 UTC (Wed) by shmerl (guest, #65921) [Link]

Plasma Active is specifically designed as a mobile interface. Did you even see it?

Distributions for the Nexus 7 (TGDaily and HotHardware)

Posted Dec 27, 2012 7:35 UTC (Thu) by rsidd (subscriber, #2582) [Link]

I already run "real" linux in my Android tablet, in a chroot. The only drawback is the display is via VNC and therefore slow (not good enough for animations/video, but fine for text / browsing). If one could write an accelerated X server for Android (that, from Android's point of view, would just be another app that runs full-screen, like all Android apps; and from the linux point of view, it would be the X11 display), then you could have "real" Linux and Android coexisting perfectly on the same device. I don't see why Plasma Active couldn't work there, too.

Distributions for the Nexus 7 (TGDaily and HotHardware)

Posted Dec 27, 2012 18:58 UTC (Thu) by juliank (subscriber, #45896) [Link]

There is a fast Android X11 server, as far as I know.

Distributions for the Nexus 7 (TGDaily and HotHardware)

Posted Dec 27, 2012 19:14 UTC (Thu) by rsidd (subscriber, #2582) [Link]

There isn't one, as far as I know. There is an attempt here, but it's broken and unmaintained. There is another here, but it is implemented in java, lacks many extensions including RENDER, is not accelerated, and is in practice slower than VNC. Still, the latter was implemented by one guy in his spare time. If Ubuntu, for example, decided to throw some resources at it, I'm sure it could be done.

If there is something else that I missed, can you point me to it?

Distributions for the Nexus 7 (TGDaily and HotHardware)

Posted Dec 27, 2012 19:27 UTC (Thu) by juliank (subscriber, #45896) [Link]

So, I was mistaken then, sorry. Just as a quick comment: The two links point to the same project, and the last commit was 2 months ago (not what I would consider unmaintained, but maybe you know more).

Distributions for the Nexus 7 (TGDaily and HotHardware)

Posted Dec 28, 2012 3:57 UTC (Fri) by rsidd (subscriber, #2582) [Link]

Sorry, the first link should have been to androix.


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