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Is Ubuntu Touch for phones and tablets meant to be "dockable" with an external keyboard/mouse/monitor? If so, how will the touch gestures for navigation be handled when using a mouse or trackpad? Will applications need to be able to handle migrating across different screen resolutions while running, etc?

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The Touch Developer Preview published on 21 February gives a very good and deep impression of the current status of the project. The first focus was clearly put on the set up of kernel and basic services like networking, video, sound and other hardware support. Also important focus was put on the new user interface and the new application handling for qml-based apps.

What you are adressing, the docking feature that allows to establish a PC-like desktop behaviour from the mobile device was clearly anounced by Mark Shuttleworth but not much of that has been yet put into available code.

So up till now it's more a design goal, an idea supported by the fact that:

  1. ubuntu is already a usable desktop OS,
  2. ubuntu is able to be targeted to mobile cpus like arm
  3. modern mobile cpus are powerful enough to take over the job for desktop OS.

And this finally makes the first step into the marketing statements before it is actually brought to life by the coding guys.

All this shows that your questions cannot be answered clearly at this point of time. In the Developer Preview we can see new applications in a new user interface. These new applications can also run on a desktop version. Also it is clearly possible to have a conventional Ubuntu running on a mobile device. This project shows its feasibility.

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I guess I was hoping there were at least some plans more detailed than the marketing copy... – Brion Feb 27 '13 at 19:50
I fully understand that. We still have to consider that there is a relative small company (compared to the big players GAMs) that can only configure and bundle existing pieces paint it nicely and now in the new mobile world set new ideas and create a momentum. And btw that they are doing very well. – NilsB Feb 28 '13 at 5:09

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