Revision of How to Run Ubuntu on Your Android Phone from Thu, 05/03/2012 - 22:56

Android is one of the most popular operating systems today which offers a lot of features for today’s smartphone users. Ubuntu is a free Linux OS which offers various applications designed for this OS, many of which cannot run with Android. To gain access to both Android & Ubuntu at the same time, and use these interesting applications you need a rooted Android mobile device. This tutorial will explain how to run Ubuntu on your Android phone.

Rooting your Android smartphone is legal but will void its warranty. For those application lovers and open source hungry folks, Ubuntu is by far the simplest to install and download. For even the not so pro tinkerer, it’s easy to run Ubuntu on your Android as it also provides you a feature to confirm the compatibility of your device/ ROM in advance. Its file system access helps the user to access files on the SD card and internal memory from Ubuntu. Ubuntu for Android enables high-end Android devices to enjoy Ubuntu. It is the world's preferred free PC desktop OS. Here is an easy step by step guide to run Ubuntu on your Android device.

Step 1: Rooting your Android device

To root your device you would first need to download the 'super one click file' by placing the super one click archive on your system to root your Android device. Once done, remove the SD card from your smart phone and connect your handset to the computer via a USB cable. Now you need to enable USB Debugging by going to ‘Settings’ and choosing Applications. Select Development. Double click SuperOneClick.exe file to run it. Visit the Universal tab and click the Root button to root your Android phone. Now to install third party applications select Allow Non-Market Apps.

Step 2: Run Ubuntu

To run Ubuntu you would need to download the ubuntu.zip archive on your system and save it. Once done link your phone and computer via the USB data transfer cable and copy the resulting Ubuntu folder from archive to the phone’s SD card. Now using the previous steps enables USB Debugging. Run commands cd /sdk and cd /platform-tools to start the Windows Command Prompt and view the SDK platform tools files. Select the command adb shell and connect in super user mode. Visit the ubuntu folder on the SD card by running su , cd /sdcard and cd Ubuntu commands. Use command sh ubuntu.sh to run Ubuntu on your Android phone. Now use command ‘boot Ubuntu‘to boot Ubuntu over your Android OS. If you don’t receive any error notification, this means you can install Ubuntu applications and run them on your Android phone.

As a rule of thumb you should always perform such activations on spare devices to avoid any hiccups in your daily routine handset. Though nothing can go wrong, but in the hindsight you would not want any issues that intervene with your digital gadget. Ubuntu installation is light weight and offers you an ability to set screen size on boot. So be ready to enhance your service selection - smart phone to the smart desktop.

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