Install the kernel (without you'll not have full functionality, but it'll work)
Extract the ubuntu archive to /sdcard/ubuntu (in adb shell goto sdcard and type: "tar xzf ubuntu_b6.tar.gz")
cd to this dir and type
sh ubuntu install
you will be asked a few questions, if you have no plan just press always enter. after reboot open a terminal and type
optional if you want gnome via vnc
this still takes long, you are installing here almost the complete ubuntu via internet. that are a few hundred megabytes of downloading and over one gigabyte of extracting and installing. leave with exit and on android shell type (first time it asks for a passwod)
then connect to it via: localhost:5901 using a vnc client and the password you set.
[what you got]
you start the ubuntu subsystem with ubuntu start (still chroot)
with ubuntu setupvnc you install vnc service
with ubuntu setupssh you install ssh service
with ubuntu setupgnome you install gnome
with ubuntu setupkde you install kde (if you do so, you need to modify inside ubuntu /usr/bin/vnc)
with ubuntu shell you open an bash session
with ubuntu screen you open an persistent bash session
with ubuntu startvnc you start the vnc service
with startssh inside ubuntu shell you the start the ssh service
with ubuntu stopvnc you stop the vnc service
with stopssh inside ubuntu shell you the stop the ssh service
with ubuntu stop you stop (is rebooting)
with ubuntu uninstall you uninstall the script from system(directory /sdcard/ubuntu stays)
in ubuntu you can access:
android's /dev bound to ubuntu's /dev (fdisk /dev/block/mmcblk0 is working fine(sdcard). don't touch /dev/block/mmcblk1 or you'll kill your android system, maybe your whole xoom )
android's /system bound to ubuntu's /android/system
android's /data bound to ubuntu's /android/data
android's /mnt/sdcard bound to ubuntu's /adnroid/sdcard
With android-vnc Gnome (bluetooth keyboard and mouse)
"D" key needs to remove the gnome keyboardshortcut uses "D" (just open vnc, goto a textfield and type d then you know what I mean )
and a lot more
Ubuntu Software Center (use Synaptic instead, find it in the system menu)
Actually I'm poking around with the common "How to get ubuntu onto xoom", but with an own img file i created based on the maverick arm minimal archive. Now I'm installing unity, but in weekend I'll try to make the installation, configuration, ... more userfriendly. maybe I'll build a small app doing thinks like starting, stopping, starting a terminal with the chroot and so on. I've no plan at this moment what I'll do exact. But you can say me what you would like to have, so I know if there is a need for something. I think with the next ubuntu using something based on opengl as replacement for x and the promised touch support, it might be relly interesting to have in a chroot env and maybe write something like a wrapper for androids opengl es api. in this context maybe also a port of the android sdk to linux arm would be very interesting.
I just posted in the general forum about this lol. I would love maverick meerkat on the xoom. I'm sure the software center wouldnt work, but if you could somehow incorporate compiz fuzion, along with all of the standard apps, that would be the sh*t. Good luck man!
Ok, so far so good. Ubuntu 11.04 is basically running, all is working fine, but the repository is buggy, so apt is not letting me install unity.
Besause today i'll not google for a missing lib, let see further tomorow. Hopefully the repositories are fixed then.
I'm uploading now a file called ubuntu.zip
To install it do the steps i'll write now in the first post. (the setup is not tested, so you may still need your knowledge)
One thing I was wondering -- would it be possible to break out your instructions on how to do this from scratch? I'm interesting in putting together my own version (probably a minmal Ubuntu 10.04 install), and would really appreciate the source "steps".
From what I've read, it looks like it's a matter of grabbing the right kernel (I thought I saw a recent one on the tegra development site), bootstrapping the right debian-based arm-compatible distro, and copying that over to the device with the right script to get it setup. I'd just love it if I could piggyback on your fine work
1.) Extract the zip to /sdcard/ubuntu
2.) Open a terminal su, cd to this dir and type
./setupubuntu (sh*** i forgot to change the file, all cp commands are not working for some reason, needs to be
cat filename > /system/bin/filename
3.) ... ehm fin
(always su before)
If you replaced the cp, you can directly type for example bootubuntu, if not you need to be in dir /sdcard/ubuntu and say ./bootubuntu
After ubuntu booted(real only mounted) you can start a bash shell with shellubuntu. Unmount it with shutubuntu(in most cases will fail, then you need to reboot before you can say bootubuntu again)
Ehm, yes... i love my xoom :D most of the time i worked on that... my pc i almost didn't need. Small tipp, it is worth its 4 dollar, better android terminal. Without bash this would be the hell.
Man you are the best. I really really want to get this up and running but i cant get through setup. idk how to install... this is not my area of expertise lol. help?!
edit: i guess for clarification, after i type in the cat command it tells me write: no space left on device
Ok, first of all, this is not a rom. Thats not needed in this case, because with linux more installations can share the same kernel. Android has a linux kernel, ubuntu has one. Google for chroot
This is not an attemp to replace android, just to enhance it a bit
In this state it's just something like a technical preview. Give me a few days. For now only advanced linux users wich understands whats happening there can do something with it.
Concerning a minimal ubuntu, this is now a minimal installation.
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