UBports for BQ E5 : all you need to know

  • @libremax Thank you for your answer, however this concern only my question 7°. You have clearly listed the benefits I could have in the future (april and later).

    I'm happy to be part of a "vibrant community" (fortunately, this seems a reality here) but using Telegram is not so satisfying for me. As far as I know, the private phone number must be given to create an account and I don't like this. So, if I have to connect to Telegram channels to have help, this is a serious limitation.

    What about the 6 other questions concerning the present for a BQ E5 Ubuntu Edition ?
    Thanks for your replies. Best regards

  • @pulsar33 Hello,
    Firstly as said above Canonical Ubuntu touch is now finished. So there is Little point remaining for the future.
    Second use the ubports installer to flash ubports. Full instructions in ubports docs, but it should be straight forward. MDT should still work but is stopping support fir ubports soon.
    The E5 is a legacy ubports device and will get full support and security patches but is hardware is limited and will not cope with future development of ubports but should get security updates in future.
    Your system will flash the latest stable version of ubports (15 r3) and all future updates for your phone (see above). There are also development and release candidate versions you can try later if you wish.
    If you want to go back Bq still have the original Ubuntu files on their website. But there us little point to be honest. Ubports is even now far ahead of where Ubuntu was and us really moving quickly.
    Make the move, I did and its well worth it.

    1. It's a bug, OTA15 is the last even if you see 16, 17 or whatever
    2. Unav received updates with UBports version. Apart from scopes, it's possible that others apps don't exist in openstore. You have to check it.
    3. E5 is always supported by UBports and will be in the future.
    4. Communication about supported devices is somewhat inconsistent in the last months. Many versions exists:
    1. Today, UBports stable is based upon Vivid 15.04 as Canonical version (but with bug fixes...) In the coming weeks/months, OTA4 will bring Xenial (16.04) and bug fixes an enhancements.
    2. I believe you can go back to Canonical OTA 15 with BQ official Firmware firmware and flash tool but without access to Canonical Store. So it's possible some apps/scopes would miss to you.

  • @pulsar33 If you don't want to use telegram (which I believe is about as secure as it can be) this forum has always provided all the help and help I have needed. This really is a fast moving and developing project with a really helpful community as well. Have a good look around the forum and website thees plenty of info there and hopfully you will decide to make the jump to Ubports soon.

  • @pulsar33

    I but using Telegram is not so satisfying for me. . So, if I have to connect to Telegram channels to have help, this is a serious limitation.

    There’s also an IRC channel at #ubports on Freenode. It's linked to telegram supergroub, I believe.
    You can also use Matrix, https://riot.im/app/#/grou/+ubports:matrix.org
    or #ubports:Matrix.org (non linked with telegram).
    And, of course help is also available here.

    What about the 6 other questions concerning the present for a BQ E5 Ubuntu Edition ?

    Responses are above.

  • @libremax @Lakota : many thanks for all your answers, point by point !
    For me (and other users I hope) all seems clear now about BQ E5.

    For Telegram, I know that it is secured. The problem is just having to insert my phone number on this website to create my account. Maybe it's better to create it directly on my phone.

    Yes, your answers demonstrate that this forum is very helpful and reactive. This is a very cool thing !
    Best regards

  • @pulsar33 Thanks pulsar33. I used my phone to create my Telegram account using the app from the open app store. All available when you make the move ugh thats what you decide.

  • Hello,
    Here is the abstract of the install process made for my daugther on a BQ E5 Ubuntu Edition
    To succeed, we widely did otherwise than explained in the official informations.
    This is why I think that this could be usefull for you.

    We started here and had a close look to this video. We (hardly, because it's fleeting) got a false information about how to go in bootloader mode. We have known later that this was not usable for BQ E5 ... But let's tell the story.

    According to this, that, then that, and finally that we didn't know what to load. We finally found this. Well ! Having Mint 18.3, we downloaded ubports-installer_0.1.12-beta_amd64.deb and tried to launch. But my desktop is 32 bits, not 64 so it failed. I tried also Appimage and looked to snappy without succes. So I decided to install a Mint 18.3 64 bits fresh disk and was able (some time later) to install the deb file ...

    What did not work :
    Following the instruction of UBports installer, keeping in mind the video seen above, there was no detection. We tried a manual selection, launched the install process but were not able to switch to bootloader mode. As we discovered later here we switched in Factory Mode instead.
    What is not clear too in the video is if the device must be on or off when connecting it.
    We tried several times without luck, and saw that the "Developper Mode" was not persistent after some reboot so beware about that.

    What succeeded (with UBports-installer and Mint 18.3 64 bits) :

    • Power on the BQ E5 and set Developper Mode (SystemPreferences/About/DevelopperMode)
    • Open a terminal and type adb devices : this launches the adb daemon
    • Connect the BQ E5 (always powered on) to the desktop
    • Type adb devices once more : the device is listed
    • A question appears on the BQ E5 with a key : you have to grant the connexion
    • At this point, launch UBports installer : quick automatic detection !...
    • The installer displays a "Switch to UBports" option : select it then install
    • The BQ E5 is switched to Bootloader Mode automatically
    • Then follow the indications (the password requested is the one of your desktop, not the one of your BQ)
    • 12 files Downloaded (the first one is long with ADSL), then 13 files pushed to the device (quicker)
    • Then the device reboots and installs the files (about 5 minutes), then reboots once more running UBports
      You're done !

    Hope this can help

  • @Pulsar33

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  • Thank you for the advertisement. This is an old message and unfortunately, the first link is down but it was here only to explain what we did at the begining and did not work. I think the end of my post remains valid and give additionnal information related to this
    Hope this help

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