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[Mod] Ubuntu on Galaxy Tab 10.1!

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By zedomax, Senior Member on 29th June 2011, 12:00 AM
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You can run Ubuntu on a rooted Galaxy Tab 10.1 and run a full Ubuntu desktop by connecting your bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

This is "chrooted" on top of your Android, meaning it runs like a virtual machine in the background, you can switch back and forth between Android and Ubuntu however you want.

When you turn your Tab 10.1 power off, you will have to restart Ubuntu though.

It's a bit laggy but not that much slower than my Atrix 4G webtop. I wouldn't use it for web browsing but the shell is very usable, you can install OpenSSH and other stuff you can play with.

Might be a fun mod for those of you running Ubuntu desktop already.

It runs pretty well on the Tegra I would say but the screen resolution is awesome!

My next goal is to put Wordpress blog running on the device, having trouble installing MySQL on the Ubuntu, if any Ubuntu experts out there, let me know if you figure out how to install MySQL, that's the only thing holding me back.

Can't wait until next year when 2Ghz dual-core tablets hit, then it will run really, really fast.

Here's a video preview:



Click HERE for Full Instructions and Download Files over at GalaxyTabHacks.com

I am gonna try to optimize it a bit over the next couple days and see if I can make it run faster/better.

And oh yeah, thanks to XDA user pershoot for his busybox!
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29th June 2011, 03:08 AM |#2  
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Cool Im going to check it out! Proably tomorrow.

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29th June 2011, 04:18 AM |#3  
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Nice, this is the kind of things i like to see over the forum, thanks man
29th June 2011, 06:58 AM |#4  
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It works, but do u know if there is a way to get the correct resolution so that the HC menu bar doesn't interrupt Ubuntu?

EDIT: Also, is there a way to shut it down other than rebooting the tablet?
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29th June 2011, 03:11 PM |#5  
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I think if you set 1280x800 to something like 1280x760 that might fix it, the problem is that the Android status bar takes up 40-50 pixels at the bottom, I will try that and let you know.
29th June 2011, 04:01 PM |#6  
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I haven't tried this yet but video looks great and you were saying it runs on top of android so does android eat up some ram/cpu? if so think it would be possible just boot it as an os instead of like a vm for better performance? I'm not a programming expert by any means (still in college ) but just a thought

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29th June 2011, 05:49 PM |#7  
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working on it
Working on it, my next project is running Ubuntu by itself, stay tuned!
29th June 2011, 08:12 PM |#8  
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Originally Posted by zedomax

Working on it, my next project is running Ubuntu by itself, stay tuned!

I'm really interested in this; it probably wouldn't even seem very slow when not running through vnc.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by zedomax

Working on it, my next project is running Ubuntu by itself, stay tuned!

looking forward to this , will this be based of unity UI so that i can use it without a physical keyboard and mouse ?
29th June 2011, 11:01 PM |#10  
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what if you tried running the net book remix. Isn't that optimized for touchscreens?
30th June 2011, 01:38 AM |#11  
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Just downloading this now. Quick note though, the resolution should be 1280x752 because the action bar.

Edit: I should not have done this in windows.. copying everything over is so slow. I have a linux box sitting right here so I don't know why I didn't use that. I'm an idiot
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