Install, Run Ubuntu on Android

We’ve seen how you can install Windows 95, XP on Android and several other linux flavors.

Ubuntu installer is the easiest application that helps you install Ubuntu on your Android, without hassles. All you need is a rooted Android having kernel with Loop support. (scroll to the end for list of supported ROMs / devices)

Setup is very simple, the app downloaded from market includes everything you need to install Ubuntu. It endorses a customized Ubuntu 10.10 image optimized for the ARM processor.

The advantage of this Ubuntu installer over other is that it allows you to run a full Ubuntu system within android. i.e. You can still make calls, text, and use android without having to reboot your phone, no dualbooting or multibooting required.

Ubuntu Installers’ Key features:

  • Run ubuntu within Android.
  • Access to both Android & Ubuntu at same time.
  • Highly optimized for ARM devices.
  • LXDE Desktop (very lightweight)
  • Ubuntu update manager, Software centre fully operational.
  • File system access: Ability to access files on your SD card and internal memory from Ubuntu.
  • Set resolution: Ability to set screen size on boot (you no longer have to download a certain image for different screen sizes!)
  • Choose Ubuntu Installation type: ‘large‘ and ‘lightweight

Large version includes:

  • Download size: 1.5GB, Installation size: 3.5GB.
  • UI: Gnome, LXDE
  • Lots of Apps, idealistic for development: Firefox, Thunderbird, openoffice.org suite, GIMP Image Editor, Emacs Text Editor (geared towards programming), C and C++ build-essential, Java JDK, Python, TeXlive and TeXmaker LaTeX editor, Transmission BitTorrent Client, eVince PDF Viewer, File Manager, Terminal, Image Viewer, Leafpad Text Editor, Synaptic Package Manager and Ubuntu Software Center with all repositories enabled, SSH server, Gnash.

Lightweight image includes:

  • Download size: 500MB, Installation size: 2.5GB once.
  • Basic apps required for everything to work.

Ubuntu Installer Compatibility chart for Android phones / tablets:

Device NameROMKernel
Acer Iconia A500TegraOwners ICS v96Thor v3.9r15
Asus Eee Pad Transformerkrakdrazzle dazzle
Atrix 4GCyanogenmodfaux123′s kernel
Archos 101 Internet TabletUrukDroidUrukDroid
Dell Streak Mini 5DSCDSC
Galaxy Player 4.0Stock 2.3.5Stock
HTC DesireGinger Villain 3.3Ginger Villain 3.3
HTC Desire HDIcy-smokeRCMIX3D-V11.1
HTC Desire SMost RomsAny other than stock
HTC Droid Incredible 2Sabotage Sense v1.2drelisdees #21
HTC EVO 3DStocStock
HTC Flyer WiFi 16GBLeeDroid honeycombLeeDroid honeycomb
HTC GlacierAbsolutiontdj darkside 12 cm
HTC inspire 4gCyanogenmod 7Cyanogenmod 7
HTC ThunderboltLiquid Gingerbread v 3.2Liquid Gingerbread v 3.2
Kindle FireStockStock
Samsung CaptivateCyanogenmod 7Cyanogenmod 7
Samsung Galaxy Note (GT-N7000)Stock 2.3.5Stock
Samsung Galaxy NexusAOKP build 21Franco kernel #15
Samsung Nexus SCyanogenmod 7Cyanogenmod 7
Samsung VibrantICSICS
Motorola Photon 4GJokercomplete V1MoPhoACTV Initiative
Transformer PrimeStockStock
Xperia NeoNEO SE.TWEAKEDInteks Kernel Clean OC

Download Ubuntu Installer from AndroidMarket.

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    Excellent! thanks for the tutorial

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    Download size 1.5GB seems to be too big. The lightweight should be good. Support for different apps which is great. Compatible with a number of Android platforms which is really cool. all in all, a nice install facilitator for installing Ubuntu 

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