Got a spare Nexus lying around? Want to be on the forefront of the new wave of mobile operating systems? Know your way around a command prompt? Then the Ubuntu Touch Preview may be for you.
Sales pitch aside, today is the day you can download Ubuntu 12.10 Touch Preview for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Galaxy Nexus, a welcome surprise considering we were only expecting phone support today. The install procedure is fairly straightforward, but Canonical suggests you have a desktop version of Ubuntu to communicate with the mobile version.
The installation involves downloading a fastboot image and flashing it to a particular Nexus device. Take care to ensure you are loading the right one, as there are several versions available for the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 depending on where it was purchased.
We’ve begun the process of downloading it to our Nexus 10 and will bring you a hands-on with the new software in the coming days. If you want to check out Ubuntu Touch, take a look at our preview of the operating system from CES.