Nexus S Boots Ubuntu

Evan Selleck - Jan 10, 2011, 11:35am CST
Nexus S Boots Ubuntu

There’s no doubt at this point that the Nexus S from Samsung, which out of the box runs Android’s latest version of Android (2.3), is a versatile device. We’ve already seen the handset boot up MeeGo, and now the developer is at it again. This time, though, we’ve got Ubuntu loading up on the device. The XDA developer forum member, stroughtonsmith — or Steven Troughton-Smith– has gone through the same method of bringing MeeGo to the device, but focusing his attention on Ubuntu this time around.

The Nexus S, while running the different Operating System, isn’t a perfect handset, and if you’re thinking about doing this, you should definitely not do it on your personal, every day device. stroughtonsmith points out that, as of right now, the touchscreen isn’t working. However, he says that is something to do with his kernel, and that it should be fixed soon.

stroughtonsmith used the same Ubuntu image that was used in the HD2 process, but he used the same process to bring Ubuntu to the device that he used bringing MeeGo to the handset. Of course, there’s instructions through the source link below, and we shouldn’t have to say that you should be extremely careful when attempting anything like this, on any device. So tread carefully, if you do decide to step forward.

[via XDA; thanks, Steven!]


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5 Responses to Nexus S Boots Ubuntu

  1. I think Google needs to make Android a more “full OS” that can take advantage of all the Linux programs out there. . . and design a desktop UI that can be loaded instead of the mobile UI–that way when docked like the Atrix it will automatically load the desktop UI. Yeah, I know Google thinks Chrome OS is their netbook and above OS but its far behind, and many don’t want a 100% cloud experience and we all would like one unifying OS. . . let both operating systems do everything they can and see which one wins, don’t hold either of them back, Google.

  2. At this rate Ubuntu will be ported on my toaster & then my robots!

    Good job Ubuntu & the ‘scientists’ behind such hacks.

  3. I cannot wait for the day when smartphones have become commoditized and such articles are no longer news.

    Just buy a set from the manufacturer of your choice, install your favorite OS, and enjoy!

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