Ubuntu 8.04 Ported to Windows Mobile Devices

Ubuntu 8.04 Ported to Windows Mobile Devices

Much like with the XDANDROID project, which works on porting Android to much-loved Windows Mobile devices such as the Raphael, Blackstone, Rhodium and Diamond, various members of the forum have been working together to port the complete Ubuntu Linux distro to a range of handsets.

This originated with fatsal‘s port to Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA X1, but support and development has grown substantially and the operating system is now working (with varying degrees of functionality) on several other devices.

The port operates very similarly to that of Android. Users must put the relevant system files into the root of their SD card, and run haret.exe to boot into Linux. WiFi support should be fixed for all devices, but the touchscreen must be used like a trackpad to move the cursor. Obviously, calls and texts cannot be made through Ubuntu as it is designed as a complete PC OS, not a mobile OS.

For your own device, please see the respective thread, read the given instructions very carefully (as they differ between devices) and remember to download the appropriate zImage:

fatsal’s thread for XPERIA X1

JesusFreak316’s thread for Raphael and Diamond

dsfreak0109’s thread for Topaz

sebbo90’s Rhobuntu thread for Rhodium

Rhodium users should also read the Wiki entry on Ubuntu for Rhodium

Don’t worry if your device isn’t currently featured: the project is still growing and it is very likely to span to other devices in the coming weeks.

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Ben Elliott
Ben Elliott

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