Will Verduzco · May 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Net Some Natty Narwhal (Ubuntu 11.04) on Your Android Device

You may remember that not too long ago, we covered a not too difficult method of installing Ubuntu 10.10 on your Android device of choice. However, times change, and so do Ubuntu versions, apparently. As always, a solution awaits you on XDA. This time, XDA forum member GhostOfTheNet has come up with a set of easy-to-follow instructions on how to get this updated version of everyone’s favorite Linux distro running on your Android device. You are just 9 simple steps to having VNC-enabled Natty Narwhal bliss on your Android device.

In the words of the developer:

[what you got]

  • you start the ubuntu subsystem with ubuntu start (still chroot)
  • with ubuntu shell you open an bash session
  • with ubuntu vnc you start the vncservice
  • with ubuntu stop you stop (is rebooting)
  • with ubuntu uninstall you uninstall the script from system(directory /sdcard/ubuntu stays)


in ubuntu you can access:

  • android’s /dev bound to ubuntu’s /dev (fdisk /dev/block/mmcblk0 is working fine(sdcard). don’t touch /dev/block/mmcblk1 or you’ll kill your android system)
  • android’s /system bound to ubuntu’s /android/system
  • android’s /data bound to ubuntu’s /android/data
  • android’s /mnt/sdcard bound to ubuntu’s /adnroid/sdcard


[the tecnical side]

  • Ubuntu Natty Narwhal (11.04) from http://elinux.org/BeagleBoardUbuntu
  • dd for creating an image (the filesystem on the disk supports only files < 2GB)
  • image formatted with ext2
  • adb push /sdcard/ubuntu/img/ubuntu.img (android shell has gunzip)
  • chroot env
  • tightvnc, gnome-session, maximus

If that sounds like your cup of tea, be sure to continue on to the original thread.


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