The Port-a-thon is in full swing
I can’t believe it hasn’t even been a week since we announced the availability of the Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview images. We also put instructions out to contribute to the effort and specifically how to port Ubuntu Touch to new devices.
In the recent Ubuntu Development Hangout with some members of the Ubuntu Touch team I mentioned it already: these people are heroes. They’ve worked day and night and it was a pleasure to put the porting guide and Port-a-thon event together with them.
After that it has been very satisfying to be subscribed to the Ubuntu Touch devices list. We started with four devices, on which Ubuntu ran right from the start. The reference devices so to speak. Fast-forward 5-6 days and we have images and instructions for 15 other devices. FIFTEEN!
On this list currently are: Asus Transformer Infinity, Asus Transformer Pad TF300T, Galaxy Nexus (toro + toroplus), Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Wifi, HTC Desire, HTC DNA, Huawei Ascend G300, Nexus One, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy S (GT-I9000), Sony Xperia S, Sony Xperia T, VZ SGSIII.
If your device is on the list and you’re curious, head to the devices list and find out how to get the new Ubuntu Touch hotness straight to your device.
Another 22 ports are work-in-progress with developers or teams of developers working on them.
Update 2013-02-27 17:56 UTC: it’s 23 work-in-progress ports. :-)
Update 2013-02-28 09:38 UTC: On the list of completed ports we now also have: LG Nitro/Optimus HD, Kindle Fire 1st Gen, Kindle Fire 2nd Gen, Kindle Fire HD 8.9” and 2 more work-in-progress ports. Awesome! :-D
Thanks a lot to everyone who helped make this happen. If you’re curious what’s happening, make sure you join the ubuntu-phone mailing list and ubuntu-touch IRC channel. More info on the Contribute page.
Ubuntu Global Jam is coming up this weekend (1-3 March) and if you have a look at the list of events, you can see that from Tempe to Tehran we have events lined up where people get together to make Ubuntu better. With all the excitement around Ubuntu Touch, we added instructions to the Ubuntu Global Jam page on how to help by either testing, porting or writing apps.
If you don’t have an event nearby or your team is too spread out over the state or country, you could at least still get together on IRC or over Hangouts. We have docs on how to run an event.