Sure, the HTC HD2 smartphone ships with Windows Mobile 6.5. But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with that operating system. We’ve seen hackers take to this phone like ducks take to water, thanks to its 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, high resolution 800 x 480 pixel display, and other attractive features which made the HD2 one of the best phones around… about a year ago.

Porting Android to run on the HD2 was kind of a no-brainer, since Android already runs on plenty of phones with similar hardware. But if you’re really adventurous you might want to check out Ubuntu Linux on your HD2. Xda-developers forum member dcordes has just put the finishing touches on version 0.3 of Ubuntu for the HD2, which includes a modified version of Ubuntu 10.10 and the new Unity interface designed for low resolution displays.

The update brings an improved kernel with better support for battery charging, and some users are reporting that apps run faster in this build than on previous versions. But Ubuntu for the HD2 is still a work in progress, and if your top priority is using the HD2 as a phone, you might want to hold off on installing Ubuntu.

via xda-developers

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2 replies on “Ubuntu 10.10 ported to the HTC HD2 smartphone”

  1. Ubuntu has the best potential to be both fully featured as a desktop OS yet portable enough to run on ARM processors. I hope more manufacturers embrace it as an alternative option to your garden variety of smartphone OSes.

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