- CrackBerry User
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Can I install Ubuntu Touch on PlayBook?
So, BlackBerry has officially screwed the PlayBook and its loyal users, and left it completely to die its own painful death. Its been already confirmed that there won't be even 2.1 or 2.2 update for PB. That's a shame, but they are shameless people. Let's not get into this debate. Time to move on!
I was thinking about last wish of PlayBook. I know that BlackBerry is not even going to hear this word "PlayBook", I think PB will also disappear from their sites, blogs, etc. soon. So, why not for the last time ever do something for PB users, which won't break their bank and PB owners will have something to rejoice at last. Lets get to the point.
I hope you have seen/heard about Ubuntu Touch. Its a promising new OS from original Ubuntu maker company. Few months ago, they gave images for Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 devices to run the OS. So, I was thinking about something and then I saw this list:
You can see in the OMAP 4 section, the only tablet which is not supported yet is our very own PlayBook, because its bootloader is locked. Now, I would love to install Ubuntu Touch on my PlayBook or even Android or other new mobile OSes if the bootloader gets unlocked. If BlackBerry has any respect left for PB owners, they can release a small utility / patch to just unlock the bootloader and then we can make some use of this device which is about to become a door stopper with its current state. Obviously, this will be fully optional, so those of you who want to stick with the current PlayBook OS, they are free to do so.
What do you guys think? Don't you think BlackBerry owe us at least this much? BB10 may be was too much for PlayBook (which I still don't agree with), but Ubuntu Touch will run buttery smooth on PlayBook's hardware.
- 08-02-2013, 11:25 AM #2
The issue with the bootloader is not a simple one to solve. It is believe that a hardware modification is need, that is current must be sent thru the chip. This is NOT easily done and can easily ruin your device. Most don't have the skills or equipment for the job.
- 08-03-2013, 02:39 PM #8
Only hope is that Thor releases a brick for the pb that wipes out all of their crap but I think I've read it's in a chip and not sure if the chip can be wiped or programmed to get rid of the BBRY crap so something else can be installed.Sent from me using my fingers. Be pantless in 5K. Febreze - for more than smells.
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- 08-03-2013, 04:15 PM #10BBM: 7FC94509 - Give me a reason to use it!
- 08-03-2013, 05:24 PM #12
Sounds a great idea. Although having looked into it I do not think we will ever unlock the boot loader as Blackberry don't seem to want us to and that is the end of it nice idea but future doesn't look good for our playbooks
- 08-03-2013, 08:16 PM #13Think BIG - DO small
I got many devices, . 3 Q10s, 4 Z30s, 2 Q5s, 2 Z10! And 3 Q30s?
- CrackBerry User
08-04-2013, 08:25 PM #14
- 54 Posts
- 08-10-2013, 01:08 PM #15
Please start a petition for BlackBerry to unlock us. I will sign it.
- 08-15-2013, 12:44 PM #17
I struggle to understand these kind of threads TBH.
Yes we'd all love to have 'select OS of your choice' on the BB, but people - its not going to happen. BB don't consider they owe us anything. Their main focus in life at the moment is survival - well for their sake I hope it is.
No matter how much people kick, scream, stamp their feet and cuss, its not going to happen - period.
BB are over the playbook now. Its history, and unless they do something canny soon, like go private (mooted) of form a partnership with someone, then they are going to go the way of the dodo.
With this in mind, who in their right mind thinks they are going to expend effort on a device that is now very much legacy, and will generate them zero return. This includes opening up the bootloader.
Really boggles the mind why people think they will do this.
The only way the Playbook will get another OS, is for someone to hack the bootloader. All it takes is a quick search on this forum to see that this option is not looking that likely.
- 10-07-2013, 12:45 AM #21
- 10-07-2013, 11:46 AM #23
1GB or RAM. LOL
Don't drink the BB Kool-Aid that 1GB or RAM isn't enough to run any mobile OS. They are just obfuscating the fact that BB10 is a hideous pile of bloatware.
Ubuntu Touch is already built and downloadable for the Galaxy Nexus/ Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 which have the same SoCs and 1GB of RAM as the Playbook.
But yes the locked bootloader.
- 10-08-2013, 03:24 AM #25
If you're in business and want to keep your customers then you need to work hard to please them. Turn your back on them and chances are, you'll lose them. This is a lesson BlackBerry is learning (or not) the hard way. Even BB10 can't save them now.
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