How free is the Ubuntu phone?

Michael Kesper mkesper at
Tue Feb 17 19:46:35 UTC 2015

Hi all,

Am 16.02.2015 um 15:06 schrieb James Tait:
> This all looks right to me. My understanding is that the device boots
> into Ubuntu, and then starts a minimal AOSP environment in an LXC [0]
> to get the device support, and the two communicate over a UNIX socket
> - - at least for the Nexus 4 reference device. Of course, this means
> that much of the core OS on the device is exactly what you'd have on
> your Ubuntu desktop, though there are obviously storage constraints on
> a mobile device, so it has been slimmed down.

So, there is also a (though minimal) android on there?

> Touch apps are packaged as Click Packages and, yes, we do allow
> non-free packages into the store. All packages must specify their
> license when they are uploaded, so it is possible to search for
> packages released under a specific license (e.g. enter the search
> string `license:"GNU GPL v3"` in the Store Search bar).

This is already a very good step, I think!

Thanks for the infos!


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