Canonical has released a version of Ubuntu that can drive PC monitors from Android phones
IDG News Service - Canonical has unveiled software that will give Android smartphones the ability to run full desktop computer sessions on computer monitors and television sets.
"The processors at the heart of smartphones are approaching the power of low-end laptop processors, so we use the horsepower to power a desktop experience," said Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth. "If you link your phone to a computer monitor and keyboard, then the phone can drive a full desktop session."
The company launched the software, called Ubuntu for Android, at the Mobile World Congress, being held this week in Barcelona.
The software works as an add-on to the Android mobile operating system, which is also based on Linux. When connected to a computer screen, keyboard and mouse, the software will launch a full desktop environment based on the Ubuntu Unity shell.
Android runs on the Linux kernel.
Ubuntu runs on the Linux kernel. We're looking at one kernel, with
modules and drivers for all the hardware, and only the processes
presented to the user change based on how the screen is being
displayed. Plug your phone into a monitor through the HDMI output, and
the processes that run to give you Android on your phone are suspended,
and the processes that run to give you Ubuntu on the desktop are
initialized. Make sense?
Doing it this way, your desktop experience isn't dependent on the Android OS running on your phone. In other words, it's not really Ubuntu on Android. It's Ubuntu with Android.
It's not a dual-boot solution either -- it's done
dynamically and triggered when you plug in an external monitor. Because
it's all running off the same kernel, you can just hop back and forth.
That's the way it should be done.