I would like to install the latest Ubuntu Touch on a 2013 Nexus 7 tablet. Which version should I be looking for: the regular Ubuntu (for ARM platform) or a separate Ubuntu Touch?

I understand that Ubuntu Touch is in frantic development, but I would like to be able to keep track which one is which. I can see the following images:

Which is the right one to download to run on a Nexus 7 tablet?

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Ubuntu Touch is a mobile version of the developed by Canonical UK Ltd and Ubuntu Community. It is designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers with only supported x86 and ARM CPU architecture.

If you have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus or Google Nexus 4 smartphone, or a Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 tablet, you can download and install a touch-friendly version of Ubuntu on your device.

You'll need a computer running Ubuntu, a decent internet connection, and the ability to accept all responsibility of something goes horribly wrong. But here's basically how the process works.

It's a good idea to make a backup or your device before you start. If you've already rooted your device and installed a custom recovery, you can use ClockworkMod, TWRP, or a similar program to do that.

You can follow installation tutorial from Ubuntu Wiki and also here is step by step Run the latest Ubuntu Touch on your Nexus device tutorial

  • So it is separate, though AFAIK Canonical is going to converge it back to the main Ubuntu at some point in the future, right? Where is the right one to download: I've found '14.09' and '14.10'? And, I believe, that's why the ARM platform images disappeared from the 'regular' Ubuntu: they were dubbed Ubuntu Touch. Aug 22, 2014 at 3:14
  • @NickolaiLeschov I have updated my answer. check please. Aug 22, 2014 at 5:01
  • Thanks for expanding your answer in response to my expanded question! Can you confirm or deny this: did Ubuntu Touch spin off from the regular Ubuntu? Are they going to converge? I would like (every) regular flavor of Ubuntu to be touch-friendly, but in the meantime I'm eager to try whatever is available. Aug 22, 2014 at 12:12
  • @NickolaiLeschov See Touch Developer Preview FAQ and for more Hands-on with Ubuntu Touch 14.04. thank you Aug 22, 2014 at 12:33
  • Which version are they testing in the Hands-on? I don't see any ARM release for 14.04. Aug 25, 2014 at 11:00

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