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  • Hi, newbie Andy Valencia here. I think it was a Slashdot article which lead me to ubports, and I freed up a Nexus 5. Working on notifications, with an eye on long term Blink/Oxide possibilities, since the platform will die without an ongoing browser strategy.

    I'm an old Unix dev (like, v7 on PDP-11 as my first Unix work), commercial OS work on HP/UX, Motorola's SVR4 and Sequent's SMP "big iron". I also wrote a microkernel (vsta.org). More recently it's been a bunch of HTML5, CSS3, ES6 kinds of work.

    I tried Touch a few years ago. One stream didn't even boot, one booted, wouldn't start a browser, and the phone heated up alarmingly. I come back last week and find my Nexus 5 pretty close to a daily driver! Many good things have obviously happened.

  • @vandys Can you pm me to share thoughts about browser & notifications ­čÖé thx

  • Man I feel really dumb reading through this thread. There are a lot of brainiacs! My name is Jack and I am 24 and simply an Ubuntu enthusiast. Not only do I want to see this project thrive, I am also looking for a mentor. If you need work to be done, just point me in a direction and I will go. I may not have your background, but you'd be surprised how quickly I will pick things up.

    (seriously though, call on me for help with anything. I'll bust my ass for you)

  • Hi! My name is Sami and I'm from Finland. I'm 40 years old. I have been interested about Ubuntu Touch since beginning. I have Nexus 4 as my UT device. I also have Nexus 5, but it has Android and Sailfish dualboot.
    I like to always try something different than mainstream. I am not an developer..

    I have been using Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, Redhat) since 2001. I like to build all kind of things with Linux. I am good with Linux servers, it has been my hobby over 10 years..

    Big thanks to all of you keeping this project alive!

    Best Regards!

  • Hi, I am Nico from Germany. Ubuntu Touch was my first Smartphone OS and despite its restrictions I have no intentions of moving to Android, Windows or iOS. Therefore I was happy to see that the OS was to be continued by ubports.
    I am solely a user with hardly any knowledge of programming. Therefore my support will be mostly monetary, but my thanks to those who create this is enormous.

    And continuing in German as it is only directed towards other Landsleute:
    Ich w├╝rde mich gerne in der Entwicklung einer festen Unterst├╝tzerstruktur f├╝r Halium/ubports und Konsorten in Deutschland beteiligen, wobei das deutsche Vereinsrecht sich hierf├╝r gut eignet (ich kann nicht programmieren, aber daf├╝r organisieren). Ich f├Ąnde es sch├Ân, bei der Gr├╝ndung eines Vereins mitzuwirken, der die Erstellung von eines freien, sicheren und kommerziell nicht genutzten Betriebssystems unterst├╝tzt (was durch die Absetzbarkeit von Spenden einfacher ist, sobald hier eine Gemeinn├╝tzigkeit anerkannt ist). Vorbild hierf├╝r w├Ąre der Verein von KDE.


    keep up the good work

  • @Vartojas Hi Nico,

    thanks for your input. Gr├╝├če aus ├ľsterreich, die DACH-Community w├Ąchst schnell hier ­čśŤ - I can tell you that we have already a plan in mind, please watch today┬┤s Q&A at the evening, or later the recorded stream. It might answer some of your questions, about what┬┤s possible with that ­čÖé

    BR Florian

  • Hi all,

    Scott Marley here, Australian, 35 years old, salaryman, statistician and historical archivist by day, occasional freelance writer by night (a short career so far with just 2 articles published in UK magazine Retro Gamer).

    When I eventually stopped resisting and finally got a smartphone, I chose the Nexus 4 with UT as my first. I loved it until I eventually dropped it by accident and replaced it with the flagship Meizu Pro 5 international edition, where I had to install ubuntu myself. I loved it so much I convinced my mum to get one too, so we're both avid users. She just turned 60, so possibly oldest UT user?

    I recently dropped my own Meizu and while I'm trying to get the screen repaired, I bought a Fairphone 2 as a replacement. I'm not sure which model I like the most, or which will see the longest ubports support, but I'm loving the FP2. Me being so accident prone, I think I'll appreciate it's rugged build and easily replaceable parts, but I'm still a fan of the Meizu's more premium style design and features (I miss fingerprint unlocking).

  • @ronnietucker nice! I like that magazine. high quality. nice work.

  • @demokrit Hi Erik, I just wanted to see if you were still interested/available to help with documentation and other non-dev stuff. If so, please PM me on telegram user @wayneoutthere thanks!

  • @greenback good day! thanks for your great willingness to help. Are you still open to helping with this project? If so, fire me a quick PM on telegram username is @wayneoutthere thanks!

  • @ronnietucker Hi Ronnie, further, if you are able/willing to jump in further into this project, we have many needs for logos, designs, etc, etc. If you want to PM me on Telegram at @wayneoutthere that would be great. Thanks!

  • Hi guys!
    My name is Brînzariu Cristian, I'm from Romania, that`s a weird country in Europe, father of one little monkey. I'm an Ubuntu enthusiastic user since 10.04 and now a proud owner of a Nexus 5 with UBports on it. I'm eager to learn things and help as much as I can ... becoming a patreon for UBports (small one) was a natural thing for me to do.

    So I'm here to dream about an mobile OS that do not track me or others and that is still user friendly and modern as the big bad Android or Apple's OS.

    At the moment I also discovered that I can help by translating apps to my native language (romanian that is) for UT developers and learning stuff about programming myself for UT.

    Nice to meet you all.

  • Hello I am Augusto Monteiro from Portugal. I use ubuntu since 5.04 and I have Phone BQ E4.5 and BQE5 HD and I love ubuntu touch I hope they can keep ubuntu touch for a long time.
    Thank you for keeping the Ubuntu phone alive.

  • Hello,

    I am Matthias, a long time C developer and FreeBSD enthusiast. More about me at http://www.unixarea.de/
    I own a bunch of BQ E4.5 devices (all my family use them, we have no other smartphones) and a BQ FHD M10. I am (o was) an active member of the Ubuntu Touch community, beta tester of BQ's M10 and wrote a small booklet about the E4.5, it's here in English and Spanish. I'm short before flashing one of my E4.5 to UBports.

    CU, Matthias

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  • Hey everybody! My name is Richard but you'll probably see my on here as rchar66. I am a Product Designer by trade here in Milwaukee Wisconsin. I've been working at several companies over the years as a Product Designer now for the past 31 years. Designing all kinds of products from Stereo Headphones, Electrical Motor Components, Interior and Exterior Lighting, Food Service and Medical Carts. And now for the past 10 years I have been designing several different kinds of unloading mechanisms for covered hopper cars in the railroad industry.

    My first experience with computers was in the early 1980's when I got my first computer, a Timex Sinclair ZX81, which I still have and it still works! I had to keep it because it was the first time I did some hacking and had to take a full size keyboard and re-wire it to make it work with that computer. The original keyboard eventually failed and beacuse it was on of those thin membrane keyboards and eventually failed from so much use.

    After that computer I moved up to a Commodore VIC20 and then a Commodore 64. I used those computers a long time and had a lot of fun with them. Eventually I started using an Intel based PC, at first with just DOS and then Microsoft WIndows. After being completely fed up with dealing with all the issues of Windows, I started reading about Linux.

    My first version of Linux was RedHat 5.2. I was able to get it installed but knew nothing about Linux and struggled with using Linux all together. I ended up not really ever using it, but played around with it here and there.

    Then a few years later, I found Mandrake Linux. I had read a few articles about it and liked how it looked and decided to give that a try. I decided to install it on a brand new laptop that I bought. I figured I would do a fresh clean install and force myself to learn how to use Linux this time. And I'm glad I did! I started learning how to work on the command line and how to do a "hacking" to make the WiFi drivers work. It was fun and I actually was able to use the laptop for a lot of things and I was learning how Linux worked!

    It was a few years after that when I had read about Ubuntu. I wasn't really interested in using Ubuntu, but Mandrake had become Mandriva, I was starting to have some small issues making things work after running some updates, so I thought, why not give Ubuntu a try? And the rest is history as they say.

    After starting to use Ubuntu since version 7.04, I am now using 16.04 LTS on 2 System76 Meerkats, 1 is used as a desktop computer, the other as a HTPC on my TV, my laptop is a System76 Lemur and then of course I have my BQ M10 FHD tablet that came with Ubuntu Touch and now I have UBports on it.

    From starting to use that Timex Sinclair ZX81 (at the age of 16) to logging in to local BBS's here in Milwaukee with my Commodore 64 to using DOS & Windows on Intel PC's to using Linux now (at the age of 51), I have seen a lot of different computer systems and have learned a lot! And it all of it has been fun! I wouldn't change or trade it for anything else.

  • Hi, I am a long time user of Ubuntu touch since 2013. Linux user since 2009 or so. I had a SmartQ 5 "pocket computer" running Linux - an early version of Lxde prior to becoming interested in Linux, that's what got me into it I suppose (I still have this device and it still works but I could never manage to keep it up to date) .

    The first smartphone I ever owned was the Nexus4 which I only bought because I found out about Ubuntu Touch. I never even used a mobile phone before that apart form one I got free and only kept it as an "emergency" phone.
    I was told to get a mobile phone by my wife so she could get in touch "any time she wanted", which is kind of why I did not have a mobile phone n the first place. ­čśë
    She even threatened to by me one but I thought no, I will find something that I can tinker with hence the Nexus 4 installed with Ubuntu Touch.

    Since I had no experience with smartphones I was quite happy with the Nexus 4 installed with Ubuntu Touch and did not miss the fact that there were so few apps for it. I have used Ubuntu Touch as my only phone OS ever since.

    I was a bit disappointed that Canonical has not put more effort into keeping Ubuntu Touch going but am determined to keep using an Ubuntu phone, great work in keeping it going UBports.

    I am a bit slow of the mark coming to UBports but I will be migrating my original Nexus 4 and newer Meizu MX4 this weekend.
    Is there a migration path from Canonical, or is it best just to flatten the phones and start again?

  • Greetings everyone,

    I'm not so much a new comer to the project as I am new to the UB Ports community. I formerly worked at Canonical as a lead developer on the Canonical Distribution of Kubernetes and was a big mouth in the Juju community. (no really, I talked a whole lot...)

    I have admiration for the Halium project and the continuation of UTouch. I just picked up a One plus One to lend a hand with QA of the releases. I may lean on you for help to track down the proper information to attach to a bug report but I do plan on trying to help make UTouch a daily driver, and will post fun hacks I come up with in my hobby time.

    Cheers everyone, and may we find good luck on our adventure together.

  • Hello everyone,

    My name is Adrian, I am an Ubuntu user since 12.04, and loved Unity since, I am from Romania and currently at the age of 28.
    I am a Java/Spring developer at work and trying to be an open-source developer in my free time, aswell as a casual WoW player.
    If any1 is aware of Cumulus & Cumulus-Qt, I am one of the developers of the Cumulus app aswell as being the one responsible for Cumulus-Qt port, which I hope to port to UT in the near future.
    Some goals of mine, regarding Ubuntu Touch, for the future are:

    • port Cumulus-Qt to Ubuntu Touch
    • help translations for Romanian language
    • develop for Ubuntu Touch(develop features for existing core apps aswell as new)

    These I will do in my spare time, after work and when I am not working on something else so I do not promise anything super fast because my experience isn't that great either.(2 years on my current programming job and another aprox 2 years learning diverse languages, so I am not high skilled programmer by my standards)

    Anyway ,really hope that Ubports community will increase with time and improve Ubuntu Touch to become a reliable piece of software which will hopefully gather more attention from both the public and developers.

  • Hi !
    I'm a Nexus 5 (hammerhead) user in France. I just tried Ubuntu on my phone and it worked well. What a good job on it! Even if there are minor bugs and some missing apps (like whatsapp), it works well on first startup ­čśë I would like to help in translations if you do agree! My languages are French (of course) and Spanish !
    See you !

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