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Jimmy McGee · Feb 22, 2013

Ubuntu Touch Released for Nexus Devices, Xperia Z Rooted, HTC One Benchmarked – XDA Developer TV

The Ubuntu Touch developer preview is available for most current Nexus devices. That story and more are covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Be sure to check out Jordan's Video of Ubuntu Touch on the Nexus 7. Jordan talks about the Sony Xperia Z being rooted and the preliminary benchmarks of the new HTC One. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer azrienoch...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 21, 2013

Ubuntu Touch Now Available

Recently we mentioned that Canonical would be releasing their mobile device operating system, Ubuntu Touch. Well, true to their word, and unlike some other releases from other companies, it is live today. If you have a Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, or Nexus 10 and an Ubuntu desktop you can experience Ubuntu’s mobile offering. The steps are provided on the Ubuntu Wiki. Don’t expect to get the image from the Wiki, you need to retrieve the image from the...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 19, 2013

Ubuntu for Phones Release Imminent; Ubuntu for Tablets Announced

At the beginning of this year, Canonical announced that it was making an alternative mobile device operating system, called Ubuntu for Phones. With its lack of need for hardware buttons and use of screen sides as hot zones to initiate gesture commands, the underlying UI concept was vastly different from Android. On the 15th of February, Canonical announced that the Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 4 will become available on the 21st. This...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 2, 2013

Canonical Announces Ubuntu for Phones, Coming Soon to Galaxy Nexus

If you visited the Ubuntu home page early this morning, you couldn't have missed the countdown timer that promised something, "So close, you can almost touch it." Most assumed it to be about a fully touch-optimized UI for the next version of the popular Linux distribution, but it turned out to be something even more significant. In an announcement earlier today, Canonical unveiled Ubuntu for phones, a fully working Ubuntu distribution meant for existing and future mobile handsets. If you are...

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Former Writer · Jan 2, 2013

Native Ubuntu on ASUS Transformer TF700 Getting Improvements

When it comes to running Linux on Android devices, the simplest method is by using chroot. It basically allows users to run Linux in a virtual box of sorts over top of Android. However, some developers have begun experimenting with replacing Android altogether. Great strides have been made in doing so on the ASUS Transformer TF700. XDA Forum Member rabits has been working on running Ubuntu on the TF700. Not as chroot, either, but as the real deal. It's currently...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 12, 2012

Clockwork Mod on RAZR i, Ubuntu on Nexus 7 News – XDA Developer TV

On location in Kansas, your friend Jordan is here to update you on the exciting Android news from XDA. Jordan mentions the first custom ROM for the HTC One X+. Jordan also talks about the release of Safestrap for Kindle Fire HD, which Brings recovery to the device. In Ubuntu news, Jordan mentions the release of a desktop installer for the Nexus 7. Finally, Jordan talks about ClockworkMod recovery beta being released for Motorola RAZR i. Pull up a chair and...

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jerdog · Nov 9, 2012

Ubuntu Nexus 7 Desktop Installer Available

The wonder of being part of a community like XDA is that it doesn't take long before someone catches an inspiration and starts finding ways to put different flavors of an OS on their device---or even a different OS entirely. One need only look at the HTC HD2 to find the perfect example of that inspiration with Windows Mobile 6.5, Android, Ubuntu and Meego all making an appearance on what was arguably one of HTC's most notable devices. Every time a...

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Ian Stacy · Sep 1, 2012

Right-Click Android Tools for Ubuntu

It's no secret that Android is a Linux-based operating system. It stands to reason that ADB and the other Android SDK tools just feel more at home running on Linux. Many developers, ROM cooks and power users choose Ubuntu to run these tools because of its ease of use and low learning curve. If you are a developer or power user running Ubuntu, XDA Recognized Developer lithid-cm has created an invaluable collection of Nautilus scripts that allow you to preform...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 22, 2012

This Week in Development: Samsung Galaxy S III & XDA – XDA TV

Today on This Week in Development, Jordan talks about articles on the XDA Portal---surprising I know. Jordan talks about XDA Elite Recognized Developer, XDA New Writer, XDA TV Producer, and all around awesome guy AdamOutler's write up about Nvidia and closed hardware. Also covered is how to use Init.d with any phone. Jordan reminds you to check out AdamOutler's XDA TV Android web server video. Jordan then talks about the latest news for the Samsung Galaxy S III. This device gets...

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Former Writer · Jun 18, 2012

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...

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Former Writer · Mar 23, 2012

Load Ubuntu 11.10 on the Archos Gen8

Installing a Linux Distro on an Android device is always an interesting prospect. The idea of having an operating system like Linux, which is meant for real computers but can be run on practically everything, brings even more functionality to a device than it had with just the stock software. Its small footprint and low spec requirements make it just as good for most Android devices as Android itself. For those carrying the Archos Gen8, your Ubuntu goodness is right...

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Former Writer · Mar 10, 2012

Install Ubuntu on the Droid 4

One of the most impressive things you can do with an Android device is loading an entirely different operating system. Being able to run something like Windows or Linux on a device not only looks cool, but can even bring some fun new features and functionality. Motorola Droid 4 owners now have the option to install some Ubuntu goodness as well. XDA Forum Member greekchampion04 has posted a method that will get the popular OS onto the Droid 4 using a VNC client....

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Will Verduzco · Mar 5, 2012

A Quick Look at Ubuntu for Android at MWC – XDA TV

Undoubtedly the vast majority of us are excited about the prospect of running Ubuntu on our handsets. In fact, we've covered several methods for users to get a mobile taste of the popular Linux distribution in the past. However, none of these are as simple or powerful as what Canonical wishes to accomplish. Running atop the same kernel, and side by side with the Android operating system, the integration possibilities are enticing. Join us in this XDA TV episode as James Bricknell inquires...

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egzthunder1 · Feb 23, 2012

Closer to Perfection–Ubuntu 11.10 Running Natively on HP Touchpad

Ubuntu and the infamous HP Touchpad.  For those of you around the HPT scene, you know that this is likely a comparable device to the HD2 in terms of flexibility. The device runs WebOS natively, Android (all the way to ICS thanks to the good people at the Cyanogen team), and as of October of last year, Ubuntu. At that time, the port was far from being something anyone would dare installing as it was, for the most part, completely...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 9, 2012

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...

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Former Writer · Jan 30, 2012

First Flashable Ubuntu Recovery Released for Nook Tablet

It's hard to throw around some words in the Android development community. Some mods are superb, some ROMs get tens of thousands of users and their threads have millions of views. Some themes are universally loved and some things people just can't imagine living without. Even so, there are very few releases that can be described as truly great. Enter Ubuntu Recovery. XDA Recognized Developer AdamOutler has developed a recovery for the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet that is based...

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liwen · Jan 24, 2012

Install Ubuntu on ASUS Transformer Prime

Being a tablet, it makes a lot more sense to run Ubuntu on the ASUS Tranformer Prime than on a smartphone. Of course, that hasn't stopped people from porting the popular Linux distro to the HTC Desire, for example, and for the old Windows Mobile devices, getting Ubuntu to work was a stepping stone for Android ports – a process probably best illustrated with the HTC HD2. Anyway, forum member zedomax has created a step-by-step tutorial which explains how to...

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Former Writer · Jan 14, 2012

Comprehensive Tutorial Helps Beginners Compile Kernels on the Epic 4g Touch

Everyone that wants to be involved with development has got to start somewhere, and for users who own an Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4g Touch, there's a place for you. XDA Member shanenielson1234 has written a thorough set of instructions for the aspiring developer who wants to learn how to compile a kernel. This has been attempted before by others, but they include things like a script that does all the work for you which leaves the aspiring developers...

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Former Writer · Jan 6, 2012

Firekit LiveUSB Repair Kit for Kindle Fire

Sometimes, Windows just doesn't cut it. Many developers use some distro of Linux for most of their work and, while better off than most Mac users, Windows has the capacity to cause mammoth headaches. This is especially true for some Amazon Kindle Fire owners, who've reported having trouble with ADB and Fastboot drivers on Windows. To rescue comes XDA Senior Member pokey9000 who has devised a method for getting around this and restore Kindle Fire owners to their headache free...

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Former Writer · Jan 4, 2012

HTC Desire Users Can Test An App That Installs Ubuntu

HTC Desire users are among the latest who can have that Ubuntu goodness on their phones. XDA Senior Member zacthespack has been developing an app that runs a user through installing Ubuntu on their Android devices, most recently the HTC Desire. The app is pretty cool. Basically, a user downloads an Ubuntu image and the app will install Ubuntu via chroot within Android. And, as we all know, people who run Linux on their phones win. Always. It's a seriously awesome...

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