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Ultimate guide to get Ubuntu and Busybox on your samsung galaxy tab 10.1

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By llewelyn12, Junior Member on 28th March 2012, 08:35 AM
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this is an easy pease guide to install Ubuntu with working Busybox on your samsung galaxy Tab 10.1

A rooted device (there are lots op threads on xda on how to root your 10.1)
after rooting download Ubuntu installer Free
the second app you need to download is busybox installer
and third you will need to download and install android-vnc you will need this to view the ubuntu after instalation
and then last but not least you can download a overclocking kernel to make things work smoother. there is a thread in xda about this.
and then download the setcpu.apk file. search it on google.

If you have any trouble finding the correct apps and kernels please post in your reply and I will give you the links to the kernels I am using uploaded by myself for you to download

Okay so lets get this party started

okay so after rooting your device install the Ubuntu Installer Free and follow the promts. it is an easy to use app which guides you to 3 downloads. the first download is the file. and then there are two links to download the ubuntu image. If you want a light (not good looking) version of ubuntu download the smaller image (the second option of the downloads).
If you want the gnome (sexy looking ubuntu) download the third option.

while you are downloading the files GO AHEAD and install the BusyBox installer app. then choose the 1.18.4 version and install it into you system/bin directory. it will give you the directory in a list to choose. once thats done install the same version again but in the system/xbin directory.

while you wait for ubuntu installer to download the images for you go ahead and search for that nifty overclock kernel. make sure IT IS NOT the one from zedomax because then you will have no screen rotate ability. look for an overclock kernel that has ov_oa in its description. once again post in this thread if you are having troubles and i will upload my kernel.

So after ubuntu installer has downloaded files go ahead and extract them into the /sdcard/ubuntu folder (you will have to create the folder)

after you have extracted the files into /sdcard/ubuntu folder (this directory is in the root of your tab. you do not have to create a folder in the root saying /sdcard/ubuntu. you can just make a folder named Ubuntu and drop the files in there.

so after plainc the files into the Ubuntu folder go to you terminal on your device. if you dont have a terminal you can download it from the market for free. its called android terminal.
in the terminal tipe the following

cd /sdcard/ubuntu

if you have correct busybox installed you will get a prompt that asks you for the screen size. make the screen size 1280x800

then IF it gives you a choise between lightlinux or Gnome. select option 2. gnome

after that done open android vnc and set the following
name: ubi
password: ubuntu
adress: localhost
port: 5900

and then select connect.

and congratulations. everything was perfect. if not. pm me or reply in this thread for support.
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29th March 2012, 11:51 AM |#2  
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Have you test it on Galaxy Tab 8.9
29th March 2012, 12:18 PM |#3  
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Hi. it will work on the galaxy Tab 8.9. just follow the same steps and make sure your device is rooted. as for the overclocking on the 8.9 I am not sure what the steps are
29th March 2012, 01:23 PM |#4  
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Was just wondering how much space does an installation like that take up? And will an Ubuntu install like that actually support everything that "normal" Ubuntu does (for instance compiling python, c, etc. on the device?). What about programs that work with Ubuntu on a PC, will they work on the Tab as well?
29th March 2012, 01:30 PM |#5  
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it takes up to 4gig of your storage. the ubuntu for the tab is ubuntu 10 Gnome. so everything works as normal ubuntu 10 would work. python and all those compiling programs will work. if you connect a mouse and keyboard to you tab it would work the same way as it would on a pc.
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29th March 2012, 07:24 PM |#6  
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Originally Posted by llewelyn12

it takes up to 4gig of your storage. the ubuntu for the tab is ubuntu 10 Gnome. so everything works as normal ubuntu 10 would work. python and all those compiling programs will work. if you connect a mouse and keyboard to you tab it would work the same way as it would on a pc.

Nice, will give it a try to see if I can get some of my pygame projects to work (just for the kicks of it) .

I'm guessing you can't use the virtual keyboard with it though right? You need a hardware one? Or maybe, you could download a virtual keyboard for Ubuntu and see if that works ... hmm ... testing time! ^_^

PS: Do you know which desktop environment is used in the light version? Since I have the 16GB tab and I'd mostly use linux through the command prompt to program some basic stuff etc. I wouldn't really need a good desktop interface, just enough to run some graphic stuff when needed. Plus a lightweight DE would run faster
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29th March 2012, 07:49 PM |#7  
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there is an awesome virtual keyboard you can download its called florence. it look ssexy and works good for me.but i stil prefer the manual keyboard.
29th March 2012, 08:49 PM |#8  
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Check out this pic. It gives an on screen keyboard
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29th March 2012, 09:28 PM |#9  
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Does the touchscreen work alright? I remember the native port had troubles with it.
30th March 2012, 02:30 AM |#10  
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Okay, after a bit of testing I thought I'd share my findings.

The installation was really simple, even though I had problems at first due to a wrong Busybox version - but I downgraded to 1.18.4 and it worked just fine.

I've tried both the "full" install and the "small" one. Both installed without problems, but the "full" one noticeably slower, even when running LXDE desktop environment. Guess that's one of the prices you have to pay for a system with way more applications. Apart from being kinda slow, mostly everything worked fine, the only problem I found was that if you wanted to change the background color of the terminal (the transparent thing wasn't doing it for me) it crashed. Otherwise I've tried out firefox, thunderbird etc. and it all worked fine.

On the "small" install, things seemed faster, CPU/memory was definitely stressed much less then in the full version. But, I ran into a quite big problem - terminals inside the GUI don't work at all. Everytime I run the lxterminal (tried installing some other terminals too, same problem) it starts up, but doesn't do anything. It doesn't even show the usual prompt (for instance "root@localhost>" or something like that). That means you can't run any terminal commands or apps (like top) through the GUI. You CAN however, run apt-get install through the terminal emulator you used to start the whole thing up.
So I worked around the problem by installing stuff from the terminal emulator, then trying it out in the GUI. It works, but it's definitely a real setback, since you can't even do simple stuff like "python" etc. (well, you can through the terminal emulator in android, but then you're limited to text stuff, can't start up tkinter or pygame for instance).
I've managed to run a simple game made in pygame, and it actually had around 20 fps, but since you're looking at it through android-vnc, there's no way for stuff like that to be playable. Felt nice to see your python work on android, especially if you're not on good terms with Java :P.

I'd also recommend setting the resolution to something smaller, since you have to take the status bar into account - if you don't do that, you'll have to "scroll" up and down to see the whole screen - I've settled on 1280x720, seems to work fine for me.
Another problem I've noticed is that the Esc, F1, F2, ..., F12 keys didn't work inside linux (I'm using an Apple Wireless keyboard). Also, I couldn't play any music files (wanted to see if voice was working).

I'll definitely play around with this a bit more, and I can see myself using this (probably directly through the android terminal emulator, since it detects all my keyboard keys and has auto-completion etc.) for some non graphical programming in Python and C on the move, even without a hardware keyboard it's manageable.

What about anyone else? Did you try it out and what did you think? Anyone has any solutions to my terminal and special keys problem?

PS: Touchscreen doesn't have any problems, you have a few different input modes that you can play around, I haven't found one that would suit me perfectly though (the one I like best can't right click it seems). Ah well, nothing's perfect
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30th March 2012, 01:30 PM |#11  
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Wow man, thanks for your feedback and support! there is a keyboard you can download inside software centre that gives you all the cool keys you would need. but seeing that you cannot use the lxterminal it pretty useless. ill see what I can find out about that but in the meantime thanks a lot for the feedback

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