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[ v2.0 BETA ] BuilduntuVM - Compile Android ROMs with Windows or Mac OSX

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    BuilduntuVM is a custom branch of the Ubuntu operating system for compiling Android ROMs from source. It includes everything you need to sync with the repo of your choice (Cyanogenmod, AOSP, etc) and start building.

    - Xubuntu 16.04 base
    - Installed all necessary software for compiling (list available in the guide link above)
    - Unnecessary programs removed (media players, games etc.)
    - Geany for editing code
    - Repo located in ~/bin and added to PATH
    - Quick access drop-down terminal (Ctrl-F12)

    All you have to do is download the source!

    The only requirement is that your host machine supports a 64 bit OS. 32 bit systems will not work!


    1. Download and install VirtualBox for your host system from here.
    2. Download the latest builduntu zip archive and extract builduntu.ova to your hard drive.
    3. Start VB, click File > Import Appliance. Select "Open Appliance" and choose builduntu.ova, then click Next to import the virtual machine.
    4. Highlight builduntu in VirtualBox Manager and open Settings. Under "System" you will want to give it more RAM and Processor Cores. The higher these values are, the faster you will compile ROMs.
    5. Start the machine, pull up a terminal and initialize a git repo. Once the source is finished downloading, you're ready to go!


    Click here for mirrors!

    Username/Password: android/android

    Feel free to donate to the new hardware fund (donate) if you like my work. It would be greatly appreciated!

    Please hit the "Thanks" button if this post helps you out!

    v1 - Initial Release Dec 26, 2013
    v1.0.1 - Released Jan 03, 2014
    .. Added swap space
    .. Increased dynamic drive max to 100 GB
    .. Installed latest VirtualBox Guest Additions
    .. Updated
    .. Optimized
    v1.1 - Jan 16, 2014
    .. Updated and repackaged OVA file for VMWare
    v1.2 - Feb 04, 2014
    .. System updated
    .. Packaged Manifest for data integrity verification
    .. FINAL 13.10 edition (future releases will be based on 14.04)
    v1.3 - Feb 08, 2014
    .. Revised version numbering because I felt like it
    .. Rebuilt with Ubuntu 14.04 base system
    .. Increased swap space to 4 gb
    .. Increased max disk size to 500 GB
    v1.3.1 - Mar 02, 2014
    .. Rebuilt from scratch using the latest Xubuntu 14.04 Beta 1 release
    .. Testing semi-automated environment script
    .. Began torrent distribution
    v1.3.2 - Mar 20, 2014
    .. Rebuilt from scratch again with new Builduntu Install Disc
    .. It's just plain better
    v1.4 - Apr 20, 2014
    .. Rebuilt using Xubuntu 14.04 LTS Official Release base (via Builduntu Install Disc)
    .. Added Guake drop-down terminal for more efficient command line, check it out!
    .. HD space reduced to 250 GB dynamically allocated (was anyone ever getting close to 500 before?)
    .. Shared folders should be working now (you can build in a directory on your host system, add the folder via Settings in VirtualBox)
    v1.5 - Dec 27, 2014
    .. Xubuntu 14.10 base
    .. Installed ccache
    .. JDK7 for Android L builds
    v1.6 - Jul 17, 2015
    .. Xubuntu Core 15.04 base
    .. Switch to LVM
    .. Reduced OVA size (almost 1 GB smaller!)
    .. Removed Guake in favor of xterm drop-down. Ctrl-F12 for the terminal hotkey
    .. Cleaned up package list
    v2.0 - Apr 29, 2016
    .. Rebase to Xubuntu 16.04 with Builduntu ISO v2
    .. Transition to OpenJDK 8 for Android M builds
    Can I install it like any other Ubuntu on my PC? (I don't use VM)

    can i use this as dual boot / normal OS???
    i dont want a virtual os

    Ask and ye shall receive.
    Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong!? I'm definitely not on a 32 bit system. I've dual booted my laptops but have no experience with virtualbox. I followed the directions and all I get is grub and when I try to boot in I just get a black screen with a static underscore. Screenshot is attached below

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using XDA Premium 4 mobile app

    right click to builduntu
    change version at general to ubuntu 64bit
    Now that 16.04 is officially out (16.04.1 to be precise), I'll work on an official 2.0 image. Apologies for the delay, been crazy busy with work and moving. I will leave Java installation up to the individual user, since it appears 7 and 8 are in common use. Thanks for the support everyone!
    Forgot to mention this, I found out why shared folders weren't working for me.
    It turns out the default user "android" needs to be added to the vboxsf group.

    sudo adduser android vboxsf