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Load Ubuntu and Backtrack on the Galaxy S III
Having an Android device does not necessarily mean that device can only run Android. As with the various devices can run Linux to some extent, it is always good when a new option is given to users. Using a desktop OS on an Android phone can bring a lot of features that Android can’t provide. But more importantly, it’s also a lot of fun. Samsung Galaxy S III users can join in on the fun, as they can now run Ubuntu or Backtrack Linux on their devices.
XDA Forum Member tiborr is responsible for writing the tutorial that gets Linux installed and working. A few pieces of the tutorial were transplanted from other tutorials—all credited of course—but the end result remains the same. The process takes some time and can be a little difficult if users aren’t familiar with executing scripts.
There are also a few peculiarities, however. Users are encouraged to be running a kernel that has loop support. As this can be hard to find in the features list of many kernels, tiborr recommends that users use the Omega V4 ROM. The applications Terminal Emulator and AndroidVNC are also required. Users are encouraged to be sure to have all the tools required before beginning the tutorial, as there is plenty of application switching during the process.
For the full tutorial, head to the original thread.
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