[FoRK] Ubuntu on Android

Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo ken_ganshirt at yahoo.ca
Tue Feb 21 14:53:15 PST 2012

I understand the motivation. Even my single core HP Pre3 (webOS) has enough processing power for my most common (rather trivial) "desktop" needs when I'm away from my desktop. Especially if it's Linux for the "desktop" (the kernel is Linux already). It runs at 1.2GHz and can safely be overclocked to 1.6GHz.

But the screen is just w-a-y too small to be useful. It's size is marginal at best for even the native "mobile" apps like email and browser use. Even when accessing the mobile version of web sites.

I've played with a 7" tablet and it might do in a pinch.  My 8.9" netbook is almost big enough.  My 10" HP Touchpad tablet is really the smallest screen I would consider truly useful as a temporary "desktop" substitute.


--- On Tue, 2/21/12, Ken Meltsner <meltsner at alum.mit.edu> wrote:

> From: Ken Meltsner <meltsner at alum.mit.edu>
> Subject: Re: [FoRK] Ubuntu on Android
> To: "Friends of Rohit Khare" <fork at xent.com>
> Received: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 1:56 PM
> Never quite sure that the "more power
> than a <pick your year> desktop
> computer" works for most people since they want as much as
> power as their
> current desktop or at the very least as much power as their
> previous
> desktop.
> Jim Gettys made this argument when he was questioned about
> the decision to
> port X to the iPaq (which had substantially more memory and
> processor than
> the original Project Athena workstations that X was created
> for), and yet I
> don't see a lot of handheld devices using X for their
> graphics.
> I suspect most users would rather have a cheap storage
> device that they
> could use from both mobile and desktop systems instead,
> along with whatever
> software would be needed to capture and sync application
> settings between
> disparate environments.
> Ken Meltsner
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