As we are all aware, Android relies on the Linux kernel for its core services and to act as an abstraction layer between hardware drivers and the rest of the software stack. However, some of us aren’t content until we have a full Gnome interface and a cache of staple apps suck as Firefox, Thunderbird, and Open Office at our disposal. We’ve covered a couple of ways to load the popular Ubuntu in the past. However neither way was quite as hands-off as some users would like.
Thanks to a root-level application and a couple of images by XDA forum member zacthespack, we now have an incredibly user-friendly way to load one of the most popular Linux distributions on any rooted device running Android 1.6 or greater. Users can choose between two images—a 500 MB lightweight image with LXDE and other essentials, and a full 1.5 GB image with Gnome, LXDE, and several additional apps.
In the words of the developer:
I have working on a project in the form of an app, which guides you through the installation of Ubuntu within android via chroot. It includes a ubuntu 10.10 image I have been working on which includes lots of program to allow users to develop program/scripts etc within Ubuntu on there phone/tablet.
However I have I have yet to get much testing on this device and would like more feedback from users!