The questions so far on AskUbuntu about Ubuntu Touch on 64-bit x86 machines say to install Ubuntu Desktop Next and then install unity8-lxc. However Ubuntu Desktop Next appears to have disappeared and all the links now don't work.

If I have a clean 64-bit x86 multitouch tablet, what's the correct way to obtain and install a 64-bit version of Ubuntu Touch for PC now?

Do I:

  • Use a special Ubuntu Touch image. If so, where is it? (Only 32-bit PC version is currently in http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-touch/daily-preinstalled/current/ )
  • Install Ubuntu 15.10 Desktop amd64 and then do apt-get remove ubuntu-desktop; apt-get install ubuntu-touch? (Because the ubuntu-touch package has suddenly appeared in the 64-bit repository)
  • Compile my own copy? If so, where?
  • Something else?

2 Answers 2


It seems that the 64bit builds of the Ubuntu Touch were not available from the start. I guess that the Desktop Next version was the testing bed before Canonical introduced Unity8 LXC.

For the time being, the following link provides you the necessary info for installing Unity8-LXC if you insist on using 64bit version of Ubuntu.

  • Thanks. Well my tablet has 8GB of RAM and then quite a bit of graphical memory, too, so I'm concerned that 32-bit would be a bit of a waste. Plus, I believe that the proprietary intel firmware is a 64-bit only. Commented Dec 3, 2015 at 1:55
  • What are the hardware specs of your tablet? Commented Dec 3, 2015 at 2:00
  • I've just found out that there is also Ubuntu-core (has many architectures available) so you could start from here Commented Dec 3, 2015 at 2:05
  • It's a Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140 - Intel Core M-5Y71 with 8GB RAM. From experience, some things didn't work quite right until kernel 4.2.0 and the latest intel-firmware package was installed. Commented Dec 3, 2015 at 2:07
  • Lol. I looked at the instructions to install Ubuntu Core and the thought came to me that I came to Ubuntu to get away from a Gentoo-esque install process. :-p Commented Dec 3, 2015 at 2:09

So far the working unity8+MIR is only available on ubuntu-touch running on ARM devices (phones).

They stopped making the desktop-next.isos for PC. So if you want to test that on PC hardware you will need to install a regular ubuntu install and then install one of the unity8 packages. like unity8-desktop-session-mir but i am not sure how good that will work as a tablet for now.

  • I tried this on an existing 15.10 box but ended up with an unusable interface (apps kept closing instantly). it If what you say is correct, what are the 64-bit ubuntu-touch packages for? Commented Dec 3, 2015 at 1:56
  • AFAIK that is for testing/developing purposes right now. They targeted the Smartphones first with ARM hardware and with running the Android hardware drivers wrapped into a container underneath.
    – k1l
    Commented Dec 3, 2015 at 2:09
  • see this for more informations: wiki.ubuntu.com/Unity8Desktop
    – k1l
    Commented Dec 3, 2015 at 2:11

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