09/12/2011, 09:12 PM
So this past week , I finally gathered the courage and installed Ubuntu chroot on my Touchpad. Thanks to some wonderful tutorials written by the forum members, the entire process went pretty smooth and I now have LXDE running. However while it was an exciting DIY project, now that it is up and running, I am wondering what to use it for.
I was hoping to be able to use a better browser than the stock webOS browser. Firefox - while it installs , is really too slow to be usable. Chromium is good - however touch scrolling is too painful ( with chromeTouch ) and there is no multi-touch zooming. However the biggest problem is that flash is terribly choppy and not usable at all. So now - while I have a browser with tabs, password management and bookmark management, I have no touch scrolling, no pinch and zoom and no flash. I find myself going back to the stock browser - since it works perfectly fine in these areas, and these are the things I use more, than the one it lacks.
Also Chromium refuses to load Hotmail - and it has crashed on me on many other websites, including this one.
I do not like the stock music player, but I could not find any players on Ubuntu either. The last.fm app is broken - Outside of Ubuntu I can use Pandora or at least go to last.fm website. With the flash problem, I can't even do that inside of Ubuntu.
I was hoping I would be able to use VLC - but I could not locate it - and even if I did - I am now unsure about the performance of any video player. The stock player limits to one format, but once I take an extra step to convert by Videos to that format, it plays them beautifully.
I have not found a way to automatically raise and lower the keyboard - so it does not make for a good environment to do a lot of typing.
So given all that - I am now wondering - what are some of the other members of this forum using Ubuntu on their Touchpad for ?
BTW - while I may not have found any use for it - I still enjoyed installing Ubuntu - and thanks to all the fantastic tutorials that were written on it. I am looking for tips on how to make the most of it - before giving up on it.