I have an old Nexus 7 that has been collecting dust. It was a great device, but the last few months were a bit frustrating. Android was acting slow and apps took forever to open. It had to be charged every other day. So I started using it less and less. Now, it has become an experiment.
I love tinkering. There is something fun about installing new software and exploring it. Back in the days when I had an old HTC Desire S, I bricked it several times. As long as the device is covered by the warranty, you’re good. It saved me some money on repairs and as a result I got a new phone each time.
Today, I decided to try out Ubuntu Touch on my Nexus 7. I’m curious to see how it will work on my tablet. I don’t see myself using it every day, but I want to try it out. I think the biggest problem will be the lack of quality apps.
Here is a tutorial on how to install Ubuntu on a Nexus 7. It isn’t too hard to follow but requires Ubuntu installed on an old PC or something. Fortunately, I had one installed … on my 2007 Mac Mini 🙂
Update: I wouldn’t recommend using Ubuntu Touch on anything that you find valuable. It it interesting but not a full-featured system yet. If you do, let me know how it goes.