Re: Why not fork Android + make it a shell
I haven't checked this version, but UBports used to use an android kernel with Ubuntu tooling over the top.
I was skeptical about MIR and the Ubuntu desktop on computers. I could not cope with how much it wanted everything to run full screen, was difficult to have more than one window of each type (for example a terminal session), and how inflexible it was, making customization difficult. I still used Ubuntu, but used another GUI.
But as a phone GUI, it works well.
The lack of apps makes me use a more mainstream phone as my main phone, but I do keep a Nexus 4 with UBports on it (even with an active SIM) just to see what is happening. I would like to put it on a more modern device, but the list of supported phones is still quite small.