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Any ubuntu lovers care to explain to me why I couldn't install the grafix driver for pc although it says "tested and approved by ubuntu" or something?

Any reasons I'd choose Ubuntu over Android?

Looks interesting. The main challenge is the already saturated market, even MS is doing badly and the situation is between Google and Apple. Ubuntu has some advantages, like the full desktop mode when docked (you can install Eclipse, LibreOffice and any other software that you can find in a regular Ubuntu machine) and the integration with thin client techs to run remote Windows apps in corporative environments. 

It looks like Samsung is searching alternatives to Android, to lower their dependence of Google (it's good to have options, at least it will help in negotiations with Google), so it can find a niche to start, maybe with low/mid-end phones. Despite all that, I will surely buy an Ubuntu phone as soon as I find one.

 

Cub said: 
Any ubuntu lovers care to explain to me why I couldn't install the grafix driver for pc although it says "tested and approved by ubuntu" or something?

 

What's your video card? How are you trying to install the driver?



torok said:

Looks interesting. The main challenge is the already saturated market, even MS is doing badly and the situation is between Google and Apple. Ubuntu has some advantages, like the full desktop mode when docked (you can install Eclipse, LibreOffice and any other software that you can find in a regular Ubuntu machine) and the integration with thin client techs to run remote Windows apps in corporative environments. 

It looks like Samsung is searching alternatives to Android, to lower their dependence of Google (it's good to have options, at least it will help in negotiations with Google), so it can find a niche to start, maybe with low/mid-end phones. Despite all that, I will surely buy an Ubuntu phone as soon as I find one.

 

Cub said: 
Any ubuntu lovers care to explain to me why I couldn't install the grafix driver for pc although it says "tested and approved by ubuntu" or something?

 

What's your video card? How are you trying to install the driver?


ATI radeon hd 3650. I tried to switch to ubuntu months ago but I had troubles installing the graphics card and for some reason my processor ran too hot the experience became so sluggish. I think I tried to install it using a driver utility that was preinstalled in ubuntu. I googled around but all I got is commands and I didn't want to learn new stuff just to install the driver honestly, that's why I use an iphone lolz.

I also will consider ubuntu phones when it's out, the swipe gestures are lovely. No buttons? nom nom nom.



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Cub said:

ATI radeon hd 3650. I tried to switch to ubuntu months ago but I had troubles installing the graphics card and for some reason my processor ran too hot the experience became so sluggish. I think I tried to install it using a driver utility that was preinstalled in ubuntu. I googled around but all I got is commands and I didn't want to learn new stuff just to install the driver honestly, that's why I use an iphone lolz.

I also will consider ubuntu phones when it's out, the swipe gestures are lovely. No buttons? nom nom nom.


They launched a new version in October and that (or the updates before it) may have fixed the issue. AMD drivers usually are a little slow in fixing problems. The driver utility is the way to go when installing graphics driver. You can try to use the default driver too that comes with Ubuntu (it has 3D acceleration and all the stuff, but is a bit weaker in performance that the official one from AMD that the driver utility installs. Anyway, it works good enough if you aren't thinking about heavy gaming on it).

The swipe gestures are great, I've a BlackBerry PlayBook, that uses the same concept and it works great. Is really more elegant to use and better tha use buttons for the majority of the tasks.



Great news. I don't know how "successful" it will be but I am a big fan of any *nix system.

I installed ubuntu on an AMD system as an entertainment system. Windows was to bloated and power hungry for it but ubuntu handled it with no problem... until stupid netflix and lovefilm stopped linux users from accessing their services because open-sourced software gives users the source code and can therefore be hacked. Fair enough I suppose.

@Cub
I too had issues with my AMD card but found solutions online. I choose ubuntu because there seems to be far more help available online than any other linux. It was something to do with restricted software installation or whatever.
The biggest problem was getting blu-ray and HDMI working but again solutions were found online.






I know solutions can be found online but I just cba lol, Next laptop I'll get will have ubuntu preinstalled from the get to go for sure! or at least ubuntu certified :)

I didn't know about ubuntu default driver, I don't game on my laptop so I'll definitely give it a go sometime, thanks :)



KHlover said:
Any reasons I'd choose Ubuntu over Android?


Only two I can think of:

1. Runs native code rather than a java-like VM. That means less overhead, and more efficient and responsive apps.

2. Can boot into a desktop UI. Imagine plugging your phone into a dock connected to moniter, keyboard, mouse, and wired ethernet and firing up LibreOffice to do some work on the files on your phone.

There are a lot of caveats here. First, Windows and iOS already run native code, so if that matters to you, you wouldn't run Android now. Furthermore, the second point is perhaps more elegantly achieved with a seperate desktop computer and a cloud service like Dropbox. Third, this product isn't expected to ship for an entire year! And finally, when it does ship, it's going to start off with an ecosystem of piss-all.



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Looks good, but it will certainly struggle like windows phone 8 is. They just have to get this on as many phones as possible and it should be ok

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