Will Verduzco · Feb 9, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Load Ubuntu on Your Android Device With Ease

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!

Continue to the application thread to get started. Those looking for an infosec flavor should check out the developer’s premium edition Backtrack installer.


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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