I am truly happy that Ubuntu-For-Android is more than a prototype. Yet, I'm confused. I failed to fully realise this:

  1. Going to be fully open source?
  2. Released eventually to the community to work on?

Cheers, and keep up the amazing work


Silber said Ubuntu for Android would be released under an open source license, but that Canonical expects it to mostly be pre-installed on specific hardware.

-- Jane Silber, Canonical CEO in PC Pro

  • As soon as I get my hands on the source I plan on trying to get it to work with my phone and I would be incredibly surprised if other developers didn't mod their phones to run Ubuntu for Android as well. It's already been done with vanilla Ubuntu on at least one Android phone
    – redbmk
    Jan 16 '13 at 22:14

The other problem is that while Canonical is pushing the build to hardware manufacturers and mobile carriers, it has no plans to release it to the general public for independent development. This means that you won’t see a CyanogenMod ROM with this functionality built into it. While Ubuntu is open source, Canonical plans to control the release of this version. It’s possible that, given the ingenuity of Android users, one day there will be a leaked build, but such a thing wouldn’t be endorsed by the company.


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    My take on that is that Canonical isn't going to distribute binaries that you can flash onto your phone, but that the source code will be there. It's not so much a matter of a "leaked build" but more like someone taking the time to pull the opensourced components together and producing an unofficial build. Feb 29 '12 at 0:45
  • My guess is that the source code will never be there.. I guess that canonical does not want Ubuntu to be wasted with Samsung Touchwizz, HTC Sense, and other craps...
    – Waza_Be
    Mar 1 '12 at 5:53
  • Yes, like explained in the title of the question, I am talking about Ubuntu for Android since the beginning ;-)
    – Waza_Be
    Jan 3 '13 at 10:45
  • Ubuntu going closed source? I don't think so
    – redbmk
    Jan 16 '13 at 22:17

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