Time to post about something I find close to my heart.
Ubuntu for Raspberry Pi.
Initially, it was supposed to be a match, but Canonical dropped and broke the support for ARMv6 in favor of optimizing for ARMv7 and above. I've discussed the topic at irc.freenode.com on #ubuntu-arm with the developers, and their response has been that Canonical, at this point, won't provide official support for ARMv6. However, they said, that it *could be done*, provided manpower, hardware power, and effort.
Some snippets from the discussion:
17:03:43 < rcn-ee> Walther, there is always option f, (fork).. figure you need about 10 pi's backed by harddrives, you can take the src pks of debian/ubuntu and build what you want.
17:05:35 < LetoThe2nd> i don't think the making is *that* big a deal (we've had armv5 and armv6 ubuntus already) …[snipped]
17:35:27 < rcn-ee> Walther, a lot of this is just talk… There's enough of you guys that want, please pull together, and follow the gensi example.. Before the notion of ubuntu/debian armhf, they did their own 'armhf' port of debian, and then showed what was possible with it.. They then worked with the community, then after some time, it's now in debian/ubuntu as an port..
17:38:07 < rcn-ee> Walther, figure you'd need 5-10 pi's.. just port the intial debootsrap' requirements, and get it on: http://www.debian-ports.org/
Another possibility would be to collaborate to the Linoro project – a community-based build of Ubuntu for ARM devices. http://www.linaro.org/about/
So, I am asking now: Would the RaspberryPi community be ready to provide manpower, hardware, and general effort to make this happen? There's a plenty of us, and having support for Ubuntu, the world's third most used computer operating system, would be a big step forward for the Pi.