02/26/2013, 01:44 PM
A Little Late, But Still Early
So on 02-20-2013, the day before the release of Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview, I finally decided I wanted in and I wanted in now....
I decided I'd go with the Galaxy Nexus out of the range of 4 devices marked for initial ports. Why the GNex? I still have hopes that webOS Ports will get some Open Source webOS goodness ready for that device and it seems silly not to hedge my bets.
The Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus 4 phone both look pretty damn attractive on Google Play. Good prices for what you get hardware-wise. But I really don't want them for Android's sake. The Nexus 7 might get an Open webOS port, but to me an updated phone is more important than an updated tablet and I'm very, very happy with TouchPad running LunaCE over the 3.0.5 legacy webOS.
So the GNex lets me try Ubuntu Touch, holds out the hope of Open Source webOS and offers the unskinned Android experience. The hardware is not bleeding edge, but it makes webOS legacy phone hardware sigh with wistful longing and murmur, "There, but for the Apothcolypse, go I..."
I bravely strapped on my search bar and tackled Amazon, eBay and Craig's List. I spotted quarry and tracked it down. Craig's list showed me a couple of things, but alas they were no longer available. Very nice of my neighbors to leave their listings up after the devices have sold. Promotes good conversation with those near to you, that does.
Me: "Is the GNex still for sale?"
Them: "Heck naw!!! Why you bothering me, boy?"
Me: "Um... Thanks?"
Amazon truly is a jungle. I hacked and slashed my way through over priced thickets. Restless native resellers jumped out at me screaming their battle cries of top dollar amounts for used refurbs. They threw screen protectors and bumper cases at me as bait to try and lure me into their tiger pits. Thankfully, I navigated my way clear once more without seriously injuring my wallet.
Wary now, I sidled into the taverns that have sprung up around the eBay. Some shady characters hang out there to be sure. Gripping my search bar more firmly I used it bludgeon out some criteria and narrow things down. And there, over in a corner, nursing a Labatt Blue, was a mild mannered soft spoken sort of gent. He rounded out his O's in an odd way. A very clean and polite sort. I asked around about him and the references looked good. He had lots of pics for what he was offering. A very professional display. I made him a Best Offer and, low and behold, it was accepted within minutes.
The GNex would be mine!!!!!
Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview released on 02-212013. The full consumer release isn't planned to hit until Q4 of 2013. Plenty of time for me try it out and see what the real deal is going to be.
Very soon I'll be able to wave my phone in front of people's faces and show them that I, humble dabbler that I am, have Ubuntu on my phone!!!
I'm sure it will generate many a blank eyed stare and careful backings away from the wild-eyed ***** trying to interest them in something different from a fruit phone or a dessert flavored tablet....