Canonical has released the “Flipped Ubuntu Touch Image”, a reimplementation of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system.
From the mailing list: “The legacy Ubuntu Touch images run Ubuntu inside a chroot on top of Android. For the flipped model we are instead booting directly into Ubuntu and then start up Android inside an LXC container before starting any services/applications,”
Until now, during the boot process, CyanogenMod, a tweaked version of Android, was loaded at first and Ubuntu Touch started afterwards, inside a chroot environment. With the new Flipped Ubuntu Touch Image the phone loads directly to a touchscreen optimized version of Ubuntu and Android starts inside a LX container.
But Ubuntu Touch cannot ditch Android entirely for now, it needs it in order to have support for the hardware. But since Canonical develops its own apps for the basic phone functions, it will move away from Google’s OS as soon as possible.
The Flipped Ubuntu Touch Images were tested on a bunch of Google phones: Google Nexus 4, Google Nexus 7 and Google Nexus 10. It can be downloaded from here.
As I have noticed, Canonical develops the Ubuntu Touch apps fully compatible with Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, in order allow the geeks to use it as a full desktop system, by pluging in a keyboard, a mouse and monitor.