Will Verduzco · Apr 5, 2011 at 12:00 am

Ubuntu 10.10 on Android, the Slightly Less Difficult Way

In case you haven’t noticed, I tend to like doing things the easy way. Our own Portal Admin, Egzthunder1 is no different, preferring the easy way at times. Heck, even everyone’s favorite Azrienoch over at XDA TV just finished covering how rooting the manual way is for snobs. Well, unfortunately there’s no “easy way” to install Ubuntu on Android. However, XDA forum member fire314, has you covered with a slightly less excruciatingly painful way! Jump past the break for more.

Why would you want to do this? Good question!

An ubuntu 10.10 maverick (with LXDE window manager) machine in your pocket. Perfectly usable from the phone itself using a VNC client, this allows you to install any ubuntu software onto your phone and have it with you always. Coupled with the (potential) ability for your phone to be hooked up to a television with TV Out (works with the Nokia TV Out cable available on eBay), and for (supposedly any) HID-compliant bluetooth keyboard and mouse to be linked up to the phone (requires Android 2.2), this really does become a PC in your pocket.

Not convinced that this could actually be doable without too much effort? Well, why not take a look at the instructions:

How to boot:
– Place ubuntu.sh and ubuntu.img in the same directory in your SD storage.
– Enter a terminal and enter ‘su’ to become a superuser (root).
– Navigate to the directory where you placed the files (e.g. “cd /sdcard/external_sd/ubuntu”).
– Execute the script by typing “sh ubuntu.sh”.

Not bad. That’s just 4 steps for those counting! Interested? Continue on to the original thread!


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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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