Set up Ubuntu Inside VirtualBox
The recently launched Application Development Forums are off to a great start, with people posting a wealth of information and tutorials covering everything from advanced topics such as developing apps in C# instead of Java to information for those who are perhaps just getting started. One such guide comes courtesy of XDA Senior Member Thatgrass. It shows you how to set up Ubuntu using VirtualBox.
VirtualBox, in case you aren’t already aware, is pretty much exactly what the name suggests. It is a virtual machine that effectively acts as a computer within a computer, allowing you to run another OS of your choice without leaving Windows, OSX, or the Linux-based OS that you use by default. This allows you to set up a development environment without dual booting or replacing your current operating system. The tutorial is still a work in progress, and it will eventually cover building Android from source and setting up an app development environment.
Everything you need to know to get a working installation of Ubuntu up and running via VirtualBox is outlined within the thread. The instructions are accompanied by easy-to-follow screenshots that will have you up and running in no time at all. It’s worth mentioning that if you’re planning to build from source using a VirtualBox, you’ll want to start with a reasonably well powered machine, as one of the downsides is that this new OS is will of course have to share both RAM and disk space with the existing OS. In the case of RAM, you can expect your current amount to be effectively halved and building from source will require a sizeable chunk of your hard drive.
Check out the tutorial thread for more information.