Ubuntu On Android

By: Mel Joelle

Google released “Android”, one of the best operating system for mobile devices in 2008. Android is an open source OS and one of its advantages is that it is equipped with a software development kit which offers the opportunity to develop very potent applications for mobile devices which are Android-run. It is possible to test the OS Ubuntu on Androids for the purpose of installing various applications.

The Ubuntu One Free files app allows you to access and organize all your photos, files and folders from your Android Device from any part of the world. Some of the things that you can do through this app is to sync photos clicked through your phone to the Ubuntu personal cloud, browsing files and folders and download selected files and folders and uploading and sending files from your phone. You can also make links for sharing purposes.

The Ubuntu music app will allow you to carry your music anywhere you go. You can enjoy music online or offline and this app supports MP3s, Ogg and even non DRM iTunes formats.

Installation requirements

You must have Java and 32-bit libraries installed till the download is complete. Next, you must also have the Android device ‘rooted’ as you will be requiring access to run Ubuntu from the Android.

The Android OS must necessarily support loop devices. This should not pose a problem as most of the latest Android phones and tablets already support these devices.

Installing Ubuntu on Android

The first step is to download the Ubunt.zip file and then unzip it to copy the entire Ubuntu directory to the SD card of the Android device. For this purpose, you will need to turn the USB storage ‘ON’. Making sure that the Android device is rooted, also ensure that you have access to adb.exe or that you already have Android SDK installed.

Next, ascertain that the Android device is in the debugging mode i.e. the USB debugging is ‘ON’. Now connect the device to the computer through the USB cable. The USB should be now on ‘Just charge’ mode. In the device manager, check to see that the device is described as ‘ADB device’. If you do not see this, it may mean that you have to install suitable drivers.

Now type a command prompt ‘cmd’ and access the SDK directory where the Android SDK was installed. Then, going to the platform-tools directory, you will need to type ‘adb devices’ to make sure that the Android device has been recognized.

Next type ‘adb shell’ which will give you access to the Android shell. After which you will enter ‘su’ which indicates the super user mode. Now type ‘cd/sdcard’ and ‘cd ubuntu’ and you will come to the Ubuntu directory within the Android device.

After that, type ‘sh Ubuntu.sh’ and this will run the script and your Ubuntu image will get ready to run on the Android device.

Now when you type ‘bootubuntu’ and get [email protected] on the screen, you have successfully brought Ubuntu to run ‘chrooted’ on the Android OS.

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