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[Q] Dual boot Ubuntu and Android?

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By MadSage, Member on 28th April 2011, 06:13 AM
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The dual-form nature of this item would fit a dual-boot scenario perfectly. Boot into Android when used as a tablet, boot into Ubuntu when docked. Just curious as to the possibility of this.

As far as I know, Ubuntu supports ARM architecture, so the Tegra 2 chip should work well with it. I'm not familiar with the touch screen driver support in Ubuntu, but I remember when I modded my old EeePC netbook with a touch screen, I was able to install third party touch screen drivers without any problem. Then again, even if the touchscreen won't work, when docked it has the mouse and keyboard anyway.

Are there any devs working on this, or know what the feasibility of such an endeavor would be?

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28th April 2011, 06:15 AM |#2  
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Let me know when I can dual boot into Linux Mint.
28th April 2011, 06:36 AM |#3  
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I'm wondering if the webtop from atrix can be ported to work here.

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28th April 2011, 05:50 PM |#4  
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Let me know when I can dual boot into Linux Mint.

Linux Mint is based off of Ubuntu, so if you can get one working, you can get the other. However, vanilla Ubuntu has three times the user base, so I feel that would be the best bet, considering the much larger community support.
28th April 2011, 05:54 PM |#5  
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Definitely should be a project someone works on
28th April 2011, 06:29 PM |#6  
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Should be very easy to boot ubuntu alongside android. Got a lot of spare ram on these systems.

This of course means running ubuntu with a vnc server, and connecting to localhost. Which is far from optimal. But it works atleast. That's what I plan to do when I get the tablet.

Hell with wireless adb there's a decent chance I'll be able to run up eclipse and build apps directly to and from the tablet
28th April 2011, 07:09 PM |#7  
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Hell with wireless adb there's a decent chance I'll be able to run up eclipse and build apps directly to and from the tablet

Not unless we get an ARM SDK. There is nothing I would like more than to be able to develop for my tablet on my tablet, but right now it is not possible, even with Ubuntu.
28th April 2011, 11:07 PM |#8  
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Ubuntu 11.04 was just released with the new Unity interface standardized. I'm not sure how well the Tegra 2 can handle it, but there's also Unity 2D, which looks great.

And the touchscreen interface looks lovely:
http://unity.ubuntu.com/projects/utouch/

I'm getting excited, I really hope we can get this working!
28th April 2011, 11:11 PM |#9  
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Should be very easy to boot ubuntu alongside android. Got a lot of spare ram on these systems.

This of course means running ubuntu with a vnc server, and connecting to localhost. Which is far from optimal. But it works atleast. That's what I plan to do when I get the tablet.

Hell with wireless adb there's a decent chance I'll be able to run up eclipse and build apps directly to and from the tablet

This was already done on the Xoom I believe.
29th April 2011, 05:09 PM |#10  
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Not unless we get an ARM SDK. There is nothing I would like more than to be able to develop for my tablet on my tablet, but right now it is not possible, even with Ubuntu.

A very good point :/, oh well. I can still do my normal development
29th April 2011, 05:29 PM |#11  
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A very good point :/, oh well. I can still do my normal development

From what I understand, Eclipse is actually built entirely on Java. Is anyone aware of a full java environment for ARM Linux?

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