FWUL ... Why this name and its meaning?
Well.. The name of FWUL has a simple reason. I wanted to have something where I were able to point users to when they came with issues on Windows because the most problems around were solvable when using Linux ...
... and so the generic answer I gave those were exactly what FWUL means today. The only issue with Linux (even with Ubuntu, Mint and such) is that they not include what an Android user needs. You still have to issue commands to install and you have to make other adjustments like udev rules etc. Nothing a "normal" Windows user can do without guidelining.
So I started FWUL.. and because I had this above in mind its named like this. That's all.
For those not familiar with the above: do you have ever thought:
"What the ...? Why?? Windows is not detecting my Android phone?!
adb, fastboot?? what are you talking about?"
- ... of course you have re-installed the drivers of your phone's vendor.
- ... of course you have re-downloaded the newest one from the the vendor's homepage as well
- ... of course you checked other drivers and uninstalled and rebooted hundreds of times
- ... of course it still does not work!
That's completely normal because you're still using that OS named Windows
... an OS which you (should) have paid for.. (Did you know that? --> Linux is free!)
... an OS which is known to spy out his users - by default (Did you know that? --> Linux won't!)
... an OS where updating and upgrading annoying you more and more (Did you know that? --> Linux can be simply upgraded even between major versions!)
(... well that's your choice but maybe now is a good time to think about alternatives...)
On Linux we do not have such phone driver issues (there are others but forget about that now).
The main purpose of this ISO is to give you a quick and just working start to use the standard Android tools like adb and fastboot with ease.
- ... No driver hassle
- ... No complicated installation of android tools
- ... Remote support tool (teamviewer) can be installed with a double click
- ... just download, flash and enjoy
FWUL is just the way it should be. As time goes by the features grow so even when FWUL started as just an adb/fastboot ISO it can now provide you more then that. It has been enhanced to include all tools useful when it comes to using Android with your PC, flashing tools like JOdin (Samsung) or LGLAF (LG) are just some examples - check out the feature list!
well.. and: it could influence you sooner or later and you may never want to go back to your Windows...
Based on the amazing Arch Linux
Also checkout the detailed main features here: What's inside FWUL (click)?
- Windows 10 Theme for you my Windows lovers
- fast, stable and the most current Android debug experience you will ever get! it just works.
- Multi-Language support (If you miss your language let me know)
- adb and fastboot preinstalled and ready to use (thx for the amazing udev rules)
- simple ADB tool - a GUI for adb/fastboot (thx to the developer!)
- full MTP support
- full PTP support
- persistent mode (since FWUL v2.0)
- Teamviewer (TV) installer! If you need it just install it by simply starting the installer in the Desktop
- KISS + removed all docs + man pages keeping that ISO at small size
- JOdin (Java based version of Odin for Samsung devices) (Develop thread at XDA)
- hexchat to get support
- heimdall (GUI/CLI tool for Samsung devices)
- Installer for Sony Flashtool
- Installer for spflashtool for MediaTek devices
- If you find something is not working LET US KNOW!
- The LGLaf tool to get shell access for unbricking LG phones
- Full Oracle VirtualBox support (since v1-1):
-> 512 MB RAM for the VM is the lowest recommended (you may fail to use any installer though but adb and fastboot will work out of the box and would even work with less)
-> 2+ GB RAM for the VM is recommended
-> you have to download and install the VirtualBox extension pack for full USB support
-> keep in mind: Even running in a VM is supported you will have best performance and best user experience when running from DVD/USB-Stick instead
... burn it to a DVD (very stable and easy but slowest in boot)
... or flash it to an USB stick (very stable and easy and CAN be the fastest - it depends on your USB stick speed ... if you use a slow USB stick its slow right?!)
... or connect it in your VirtualBox VM (read FAQ #4 for the persistent mode option if you want to use it there as well)
For flashing to an USB stick I would recommend rufus but any of those should work
Quote:Originally Posted by richie16171
(hint: I extended the guide from richie with all URLs and UUI and other stuff)
Rufus is a multi-purpose USB iso writer. Simply select the the USB drive, the FWUL ISO/IMG, select DD mode and click start.
Since Rufus does not care if the drive is properly formatted or not and provides a GUI it may be the easiest and most robust tool to use.
For a guide with screenshots look here: CLICK
This method does not require any workaround and is as straightforward as dd under Linux. Just download the FWUL ISO/IMG, and with local administrator rights use the USBwriter utility to write to your USB flash memory.
Simply choose the FWUL ISO or IMG file, your Flash Drive and click Install.
win32diskimager is another graphical USB iso writing tool for Windows. Simply select your ISO or IMG file and the target USB drive letter (you may have to format it first to assign it a drive letter), and click Write.
For using FWUL in a virtual machine download VirtualBox + the VirtualBox Extension pack
then add a new VM in VirtualBox with the FWUL ISO connected
-> 512 MB RAM for the VM is the lowest possible (you may fail to use any installer though but adb and fastboot will work out of the box) but it would even work with less. Not that smoothly of course and when you install things you will get out of space easily..
-> 2+ GB RAM for the VM is recommended. The more the better but if you have issues with RAM but when you have enough free disk space instead you can use the persistent mode with VirtualBox! Check out FAQ #4
- Boot FWUL
- Login with username/password: android / linux
- Open the terminal application (at the bottom the black small window or open the "Windows" menu and choose from there)
- type in:
open the simple-adb GUI (desktop)
XDA had problems in the past regarding file upload ...
so I decided to choose AndroidFileHost as our primary download server from now on.. XDA will always have the latest forgeful ISO at least but for a complete set AFH has them all.
Main Download Server:
- persistent mode ( read FAQ #4 ): Latest version (click)
- forgetful mode ( read FAQ #4 ): Latest version (click)
Download Mirror (XDA):
- Go to the Download tab in this post
Support / IRC Channel
IRC means Internet Relay Chat and you will get best support there only.
Choose how to get in:
- PC (HexChat and Pidgin are only 2 of them! This list is not complete!)
- Android (Yaaic, AndChat, HoloIRC, AndroIRC are only a few of them! This list is not complete!)
- Web (KiwiIRC-Web,FreenodeWebchat])
- When you have to choose a channel it is: #Carbon-user
- When you be asked for a server network choose: freenode
See Post #2
- All issues can be found at the github issue tracker
- If you find an issue please open a new issue at the github issue tracker
See Post #4
- The whole Arch Linux community for the best Linux experience ever
- www.androidfilehost.com for mirror our files without any costs
- https://github.com/M0Rf30 for the amazing list of android udev rules
- AdamOutler for creating JOdin
- @mhashem6 for simple ADB!
- @dibbled for creating the FWUL logo
FWUL - Forget Windows Use Linux - an adb/fastboot ISO, Tool/Utility for all devices (see above for details)
Source Code: https://github.com/Carbon-Fusion/build_fwul
Current Stable Version: 2.3
Stable Release Date: 2017-09-23
Last Updated 2017-09-22