There’s a lot of interest out there with Nexus 7 owners turning their super sweet Android Jelly Bean tablet into an Ubuntu Linux tablet. The geek in me understands this a little bit. But ultimately, at least at this point in the Ubuntu / Nexus 7 game, you may be better off keeping Android running on your Nexus 7 and save yourself a ton of stress, headaches, and wasted time. The Nexus 7 is already an amazing tablet built for high end performance with the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
But for those of you who are still asking yourself why wouldn’t I want to turn my Nexus 7 into an Ubuntu Linux tablet, here’s 3 reasons why you might want to reconsider, or at least hold off until Ubuntu is more compatible to mobile devices like tablets.
Here’s 3 reasons not to turn your Nexus 7 into an Ubuntu Linux tablet
#1: No software updates
According to the Nexus 7 Ubuntu wiki page, updates are not possible on the Nexus 7. The wiki does imply that you could enable the updates but they recommend you do not enable this feature. Enabling updates on the Ubuntu Linux OS on your Nexus 7 may supersede a package that was customized for the Nexus 7. If you absolutely need to update your Ubuntu Linux install on your Nexus 7, you’ll have to reflash your device with a new image update.
#2: No access to YouTube videos
For those of you who are into watching YouTube videos, you are going to be disappointed with Linux running on your Nexus 7. Because Adobe Flash Player is not ported to Linux on ARM platforms, YouTube videos are not going to be able to play in the default configuration. The only saving grace here could be that YouTube is currently testing HTML-based video playback. If YouTube does finally release HTML-5 playback, then you’ll be able to get the videos on your Linux Ubuntu Nexus 7 tablet. You can opt in to the YouTube HTML-5 project here and get signed up for the release.
#3: Unstable bluetooth connectivity
The bluetooth issue with the Nexu 7 running Ubuntu Linux seems to be an ongoing problem with users. The Wiki page references Ubuntu 13.04 as the problem with bluetooth, however in the video below you’ll see the user moving right along with his bluetooth mouse. So if a smooth, fast bluetooth connection is what you are after, you might be better offer keeping Android on your Nexus 7.
So there you have it, 3 reasons not to convert your Nexus 7 into an Ubuntu Linux tablet.
What do you think? Would you recommend making the conversion? Or do you think the Nexus 7 is fine as it is, or at least fine for now with Android 4.1?
But… for those of you who are bent on turning your Nexus 7 into an Ubuntu Linux tablet, here’s a video that will help you satisfy your itch.