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hey guys, for those that havnt seen it today Ubuntu has been released for the Nexus 7 and for both 8GB and 16GB Models! wondering if anyone in the community has figured out how to dual boot it or if it is even possible? thanks all!

Heres the link of how to install if your wondering

What you will need:
Nexus 7 Tablet (8GB or 16GB)
Standard MicroUSB Cable (should come with the device)
Ubuntu Nexus 7 Desktop Installer installed on your development system
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or Later

Micro USB Host Cable (OTG Cable) - used for attaching keyboard, mouse, etc. Directions on how to get and use one of these are towards the bottom of this page.
Ubuntu Nexus 7 Desktop Installer
A simple one-click installer has been provided, and is available in a PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-nexus7/ubuntu-nexus7-installer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-nexus7-installer
Usage instructions for the installer are provided below.

Unlocking the Nexus 7
The Nexus 7 ships with a locked bootloader. You must unlock it in order to flash different images to the device. Fortunately, this is a trivial process, and you only need to do it once.

Warning: Unlocking the bootloader erases all data and resets the device to factory defaults.

Reboot the Android device into the Android boot loader. To do this, hold the volume down button and press the power button. Continue holding the volume down and power buttons until you see the boot loader UI. The device now displays the boot loader GUI, which looks like this:

Verify fastboot lists the device:

$ sudo fastboot devices
1234567891234567 fastboot
Start the bootloader unlock process:
sudo fastboot oem unlock
You are prompted on screen to unlock the bootloader on the Android device screen. Follow the on-screen directions to continue. Your screen should now look like this:

Complete the process by rebooting:

sudo fastboot reboot-bootloader
Or simply press the power button.

Installing Ubuntu on Nexus 7
Once all setup has been completed, the installation can start. To install, ensure the Nexus 7 is in fastboot mode, plug it into your computer (and make sure NO OTHER DEVICES are plugged in).

Find the installer in the dash (search for 'nexus'):

This will provide a Graphical Interface for installing Ubuntu. This tool will download the latest image automatically, and flash it accordingly. The flashing step should take about 2 minutes. Once the flashing is complete, the device will reboot and finish the installation. This step can take 10-15 minutes.

Returning your Nexus 7 to Stock Android
Warning: Disconnect ALL other mobile devices connected from your computer or they might get erased too. This will erase ALL DATA on your Nexus 7.

In case anything happens while developing, the system image for Nexus 7 can be found here:

After downloading the above tarball, uncompress it with the following:

tar zxvf nakasi-jro03d-factory-e102ba72.tgz
Then, place your machine into fastboot mode and run the resulting script:

cd nakasi-jro03d/
sudo ./
You may get the following warnings, which you can ignore, the restoration will continue anyway.

archive does not contain 'boot.sig'
archive does not contain 'recovery.sig'
archive does not contain 'system.sig'
Troubleshooting the Install
If you have problems installing the image, please use the following troubleshooting steps:

Detach the USB cable, restart the tablet back into fastboot mode, and re-attach the USB cable.
If problems persist, reboot your host PC.
If you still have issues, try a different USB cable.
If you have a 16G tablet, try using the 8G image.
If you still have issues after doing all this, return the image to stock using the directions above and re-try.
If none of that works, ask a question on Ask Ubuntu using the mobile tag, or ask for help in the #ubuntu-arm channel on freenode. If you believe it's a bug, file a bug against ubuntu-nexus7 in Launchpad.
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28th October 2012, 08:14 PM |#2  
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Ehm, do i miss something or is this ubuntu only installation?
Edit: i mean, not dual boot, but only ubuntu
28th October 2012, 10:22 PM |#3  
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Do I need a mouse and a keyboard to use Ubuntu? Or I can also without them?
28th October 2012, 11:00 PM |#4  
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Originally Posted by Rusl1TA

Do I need a mouse and a keyboard to use Ubuntu? Or I can also without them?

it has a built in touch keyboard/mouse, so you can do either way
29th October 2012, 03:39 AM |#5  
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you can use a touch screen for it, mouse and keyboard is compatible
29th October 2012, 03:40 AM |#6  
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what do you mean ubuntu only install?
sorry if you mis understood, but i posted the guide there but i am also curious if theres a dual boot avaliable.
29th October 2012, 03:53 AM |#7  
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is bluetooth not usable in the in ubuntu while installed?

And I saw this install method over at and I dont recall it being dualboot. It did a complete install of ubuntu only and erased android from the device
29th October 2012, 05:34 AM |#8  
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As of right now, dual-booting is not an option, however, this build did just come out today, and in the coming weeks, we'll likely have many updates and options, so i'd hang tight. Needless to say, it's a great experience
29th October 2012, 06:22 AM |#9  
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yess dual boot will be awesome.
29th October 2012, 06:23 AM |#10  
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Download and follow the instructions in the complete Linux installation guide. (Its an app in the play store) It works pretty well and you can use Ubuntu, Debian and a few others without wiping your system. I prefer the Ubuntu lite version. Something else to try out

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29th October 2012, 06:46 AM |#11  
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Originally Posted by technolust109

what do you mean ubuntu only install?
sorry if you mis understood, but i posted the guide there but i am also curious if theres a dual boot avaliable.

Why did you title the thread as "Dual Boot Ubuntu" then?? Confused as well.
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