[Gta04-ubuntu-touch] [Tinkerphones] GTA04: TV-out working again!
Jonatan Hatakeyama Zeidler
jonatan_zeidler at gmx.de
Sun Jun 3 18:51:44 CEST 2018
Am 03.06.2018 um 11:33 schrieb H. Nikolaus Schaller:
> Regarding hardware, there is also the zero phone: https://wiki.zerophone.org
I know. But the Raspberry Zero is weak. How are the tinkerphones
compared to it? How much RAM, how much memory, which processors?
> That is a really interesting idea full in line with our overall goals. There was
> some interest 2 years ago, and we already had installed a mailing list:
> But it remained almost inactive. So let me invite you to just make use of it.
> Your initiative can make the ball rolling again.
> Let me ask some question that come to my (naive) mind:
> * how does ubuntu touch differ from desktop ubuntu?
UT has some mostly security orientated design choices that differ from
* The root files system is read-only (you can remount it, but changes
get lost by the next update), while the home partition is writable
* The system gets updated by OTA (over the air) updates. This means the
whole root files system gets replaced.
* Apps get installed and updated as click packages that are (normally)
confined and have their dependencies packaged
* There is a Content Hub that Apps can (and if confined, have to) use to
communicate with each other
* The desktop environment is Unity8 (which does not work on Desktop at
the moment, but is being worked on)
> * do they share apt-get repositories?
Yes, they do. But usually you would not use that. Remember: The rootfs
is read-only and changes get lost via updates. But their is a way to
install "legacy" applications via apt-get in libertine containers. But
usually this does not help very much as the GUIs aren't made for
> * how is it installed? does a "apt-get install ubuntu-touch" suffice?
Unfortunately no. All current Ubuntu Touch devices are Android-based and
thus UT can only be installed with android tools like adb and fastboot.
There is the ubports-installer which makes that easy for the supported
devices. The Librem 5 and the Raspberry will be the first ones that are
not Android-based and we still need to find the best way to provide
Ubuntu Touch for those true GNU/Linux devices.
> * what are minimum requirements to memory, screen resolution?
I think the weakest UT devices have at least 1 GB RAM and 8 GB storage.
How about tinkerphones?
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