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  • Hi all,

    my name is Ingo, I'm from Hamburg, Germany, and quite active in the Fairphone community. After almost 4 years with the FP1 I switched to the FP 2 around 4 weeks ago. Those two were my first two smartphones ever. And now with the FP 2 I installed a custom rom/alternate OS for the first time.

    For everyday use I'm on LineageOS, but to support development of alternate OSes I wanted to give Ubuntu Touch a try and see how far I get. Still very new to it, though 😉

  • Hiya
    I'm Frank and i literally just stumbled across UBports and Ubuntu Touch. To my astonishment i didn't know anything about this until half an hour ago despite me having used various Linux distros (Ubuntu, MINT, Porteus...) at home and at work since ~2011. I promise i will do my own homework but need to ask some questions straightaway:
    How does UT work with Whatsapp?
    Is there such a thing as a beginner's device ie a device which is easy to install and would work reliably afterwards?
    How long would an OS be supported?
    Is it possible to install UT on Blackberry Passport for example (which i'm currently using as a backup phone?
    How easy is it to sync a UT phone with a laptop/works computer (...long story...)?

    As i said i only just spotted this website but really like the idea...

  • @frapie
    I really can't understand what all the people likes about the Whatsapp spy software. I never used it and I don't miss anything. There are many other messengers available...
    Whatsapp is closed Source and they don't offer an App for GNU Linux.
    But the developers already successfully running Android Applications on GNU Linux via Anbox. You can try it on your local Linux PC and WhatsApp will work.
    See here: https://youtu.be/jyp5xI54j5M?t=2036
    But it's still in development and not a stable release...

    It's not possible to install Ubuntu Touch, alias UBports on your Blackberry Phone. Only on the Phones which are listed on the website: https://ubports.com/page/devices
    Because ARM processors in most smartphones don't have hardware detection like Intel or AMD. That's why you need to create the System for each specific device. And if the device is closed Source, it's an never ending job.

  • @wlbi Lol yes i admit it I use Whatsapp sobs uncontrollably because i have to and i'm also all to aware of certain risks involved with it...
    As for you mentioning Anbox (that's something else i haven't heard before...) this may have just given me THE reason why to go out and buy a Meizu or bq and install UT. This thought is 'work in progress' i may add. Thanks for the input (or eye opener)

  • Hi!

    My name is Jason John (jsnjhn), I'm 29 from the French speaking part of Canada but now living in Switzerland. I'm a professional graphic designer with web design experience, I'd be happy to give some of my time perhaps helping with visuals, wireframes, front-end, UI & UX. Since we are a few here perhaps we could discuss the design of UT together and look for upgrades.

  • Hello UBports community.

    I'm RP and I am a voice actor, and a recent adopter of Ubuntu Touch (like, 4 days ago) on a second-hand OnePlus One I ordered on eBay.

    I've been a Xubuntu user for several years, and it's the main platform I work on except for digital audio workstation stuff where I need to dual boot to Windows 10 (though mainly because I don't know Audacity as well as I know some other proprietary platforms).

    Since the RIM 950 I have only ever used BlackBerry mobile devices. Until Ubtuntu Touch came along, none of the BlackBerry knock offs looked especially appealing to me. And unlike so many other mobile Operating Systems, Ubuntu Touch doesn't set out to copy BlackBerry, it instead brings the existing magic of Ubuntu to the device in your hand(s). Glorious.

    I am really enjoying the Ubuntu Touch experience, especially being able to SSH into it and hopefully not break it while running things like top and sftp and all that exciting stuff (only light sarcasm, I actually like that I can do those things on a pocket device, at long last).

    There a list of things I'd like to see happen with Ubuntu Touch in the long run (SIP phone, SIP phone!), and I am sure everyone has one such list, but not being a developer, I know that at minimum I can sit on the sidelines and cheer the devs on.


    (Just like that).

    BUT, I'd like to be able to do more than that. If anyone here is a film-maker of any kind of rank, I'd be into comping my voice over services to help make instructional and promotional material for Ubuntu Touch. Comping as in... as a volunteer.

    I'm also a half decent proof reader (as I go back to check this message for oopses... found one! edited....), and I am fluent in French so I can voice and proof-read in two languages. Maybe that's helpful. I'm not particularly talented at translation, mind you. Oh well. Can't win 'em all.

    More about me and what pass for my accomplishments on my LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rpthevoice/

    Oh and I am also a media host, producer, and event / broadcast MC, and would be happy to comp those services for UBPorts / Ubuntu Touch initiatives too. You never know, IT COULD HAPPEN.

    Looking forward to moving forward with this community. Was that too forward?

  • @arpi Welcome
    You may be interested in joining the french UBports telegram group http://t.me/UBports_Fr
    There is a discussion beginning about an audiocast in french to launch in the coming days/weeks

  • @libremax I appreciate the heads-up, libremax! And that would have been great! I looked into what Telegram is and tried to sign up but it told me (on the web version) I needed to sign up from Iphone or Android and I don't have either of those (I keep a pretty tidy network here, you know).

    When I tried using the Telegram App from the OpenStore, it wouldn't go past the screen where it asks for my first and last name. There's also a field for "Code" but I have no idea what to put in there, and if I put nothing, it won't let me go to the next step.

    If I had to guess, I am guessing "Code" is something they tried to send me via SMS (though nothing is actually stated saying so), not realising that I don't have SMS capability because I don't have a cell phone number (I use exclusively SIP for telephony).

    Hopefully that group will eventually read these posts and reach out to me via the forum! Thanks for letting me know about them.

  • Hey everyone, I'm Josh. I've been tinkering with Linux for about 14 years now and happened to have a Nexus 5 gathering dust. Ubuntu Touch is definitely a bit of an ideal mobile OS to me.

    The concept of convergence really appeals to me. So much so in fact that I even toyed with Windows Phone 10 for the sake of using Continuum. It really isn't as bad as you would expect.

    The idea of a phone being a useful computer when attached to a display has been a bit of a holy grail to me for a long time. For instance, my first smartphone was an HTC Touch Pro which I ran Ubuntu on from time to time (it wasn't solid enough to be a daily driver).

    From there I had moved to Android and it was okay but kind of mediocre in my opinion. I've never liked the idea that the quality of your software should dimmish just because your screensize gets smaller.

    I bought a Smart Q 5 tablet to mess around with Ubuntu on the go but quickly decided it was a bit of a weak experience. It didn't feel well supported at all.

    As of right now I have a Galaxy S8+ but I find myself using my old Nexus 5 I bought as a back up phone years ago.

    I feel like Ubuntu Touch still has quite a way to go before I can make it my daily driver (I need a phone for work) but it hasn't stopped me from using it all over my home.

    I'm really looking forward to updates and I would absolutely buy a phone for a 64-bit port when that comes to pass. Until then I will be tinkering on my Nexus 5...which I am using to post this message from Ubuntu Touch.

  • Hi,
    my name is miousername and I'm an embedded kernel developer. I use ubports 15.04 r3 on the meizu pro 5. This is my primary phone. Thanks for supporting this wonderfull project!

  • Hello everyone,

    I'm Matej from Slovakia, I'm 37 years old. For few year I've used UT on bqE5 maintained by Canonical. Recently I've bought new phone FP2 and I've installed UT by Ubports. I'm familiar with linux (10 years no other OS) and I'm using Ubuntu on all my devices. I've a degree in cybernetics and I think I'm slight above average in reading/writing code. I'm familiar with C++ (I hate it), Pascal/Delphi (this was long time ago), PHP (along with html/css/js for work), SQL (for work), Matlab (long time ago for school) and Go/Golang (my current favourite). I've tried other programing languages (Python, Haskel, Java, ...), but I'm just above beginer level in them.

    I'm willing to do some help with Ubuntu Touch, so be patient with me and I'm looking forward to make UT better with you.

    PS: I speak Slovak, English and German and I'm currently learning Japanese (fresh beginer).

  • @jezek Hello @jezek and welcome to UBports have a look at https://ubports.com/page/telegram-welcome to get you underway. Theres lots of info there, and no doubt lots of things for you to get involved in after that. Most importantly enjoy yourself with UBports Ubuntu Touch : )

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  • @sanso86 welcome to UBports have a look at https://ubports.com/page/telegram-welcome to get you started.

  • Hello! My name is Dito Kurnia P. I'm 17 years old and I'm from Indonesia. Right now I'm interest in Open Source project from app, game, to OS like in here. Now I'm using Linux Ubuntu from January or February (I'm forget) this year, and I like this. Now I want to try Ubuntu Touch on my phone. But, because my phone is not supported yet, maybe I will try to help in Translation.

    Thank you for reading my introduction and I'm sorry if my English is bad. Bye...

  • @ditokp just in case you are not already there https://t.me/UBports_IND

    That's the UBports Indonesian group on Telegram.

  • Hello @advocatux . Yes I'm not in the Telegram UBports Indonesian group yet, I will join the group maybe tomorrow. But now I still help translating on UBports Weblate

  • Hey all!
    My name is Mathieu, 26 year old, and I'm from Québec, Canada.
    I'm a mechanical designer without passion for coding, but I'm really interested in the Logiciel Libre (as it's said in french), and I became really conscientious of the important of the privacy on laptop and mobile.
    I'm running Archlinux on my laptop, Lineage OS on my Galaxy SIII as main phone, and just bought a Nexus 5 to try as well Ubuntu touch and Plasma Mobile to be my new daily phone. I also run a VPS host by OVH with my own VPN, and a dedicated server with Baïkal, FreshRSS and a personal photo blog.
    For now, I really prefer Ubuntu Touch over Plasma Mobile. I thought it would be without future after Cannonical abandoned the project, but I found here a really nice future for this OS.
    I think I can help with bug report, and maybe for documentation.
    I'm also here to find some help to setup the functionality that are essential for me on a smartphone (VPN and cal/carddav sync first).
    Thanks for reading, and thanks a lot for all your work!

  • @ellypsis Hi welcome to UBports have a look at this link to get started, its full of info
    Then there this one on how to do a good bug report
    have fun and enjoy UBports.

  • My name is Jackie and I have tinkered with Linux since Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron. I have used a variety of desktops and laptops until 2 years ago when I bought a System76 Galago UltraPro. It currently runs Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on an SSD and 18.04 on a 1Tb spinner. LOVE that laptop!!!

    I recently purchased a bq M10 FHD Ubuntu Edition and am running 15.04 (r61). Became a Patreon supporter because I want to help this project and I am not a coder, developer or programmer. Thought that might be the best way to go! Look forward to seeing this community grow!

    If I can help with anything let me know!

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