UBports gives us the first RC of Ubuntu Touch based on 20.04 for Christmas

Ubuntu Touch 20.04

These days, any new release can be taken as a Christmas present. The latest to be produced has been one that has been awaited for a long time, more than two and a half years: UBports has announced that the first beta/rc of Ubuntu Touch based on 20.04, the Focal Fossa that arrived in April 2020. Now, it has not been officially announced and there are no images for all supported devices.

The most official thing we have from the project is a retweet mentioning one of its developers, with the typical "Oh oh oh" (wasn't it "Ho ho ho?") which is the laugh of Santa Claus/Father Christmas. Marius Gripsgard says it was released as a Christmas gift, but he didn't provide any download link. Therefore, it is assumed which It can be installed from devices that support it as update; If I find out more, I'll post the links updating this article.

Ubuntu Touch 20.04 can now be tested

From the looks of it, Marius's phone is a Volla Phone, one of those that works perfectly with Ubuntu Touch, but in your support page Nothing is mentioned about 25/12/2022, so we will have to investigate further to find out more details.

But with these operating systems it never rains to everyone's liking. When you see the publication, the first thing you do is see if it has reached your device, in my case a PineTab, and all you discover is that things are worse than expected. In its support page You only see the obvious, that much still doesn't work. That and the fact that the releases leave much to be desired: the latest version, the one from the developer channel, is from 25, but from November (a month has already passed since the last "Daily"); on the Release Candidate channel, what there is is a version of August 20, 2021.

And the stable? Well, nothing of 2020 September (more than two years). Out of curiosity, and to see if the version of Ubuntu Touch based on 20.04 would reach me, I have been moving from the update channel, and what is stable does not even have the option of screenshots. Of course, the Ubuntu Touch loading logo is not upside down as it is in the RC and Dev versions.

Better on some phones

But let no one think that Ubuntu Touch is a total disaster in all scenarios. It's not like that. Especially on some phones, the operating system with its Lomiri works well, and also Libertine can be used, allowing you to run applications like Firefox or Kodi. There are also some devices that support anbox, with which Android applications can be run. The bad is seen in the tablet that was announced as something innovative, and the only impressive thing that it offers is a great disappointment. Let's hope it at least changes something when I move the base up to 20.04.

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