Ubuntu now up and running on rooted Dell Streak


If you've ever looked at your rooted Dell Streak and wished Ubuntu was staring back at you from behind the screen instead of Android, then it's probably a good idea to make friends with pat.plus at the MoDaCo forum.

He/She has put up a simple tutorial over there on how to get Ubuntu Mobile "running piggyback" on the Streak (think "virtual machine") and is currently working on a native port of the Linux distro. The latter task is proving difficult thus far, partially due to the lack of bootloaders, so typing a few simple commands in ADB on your computer or a terminal emulator on your Streak is the way to go at the moment.


Getting Ubuntu running on an Android device using this method (or a similar one) is fairly common—it was originally done on the Nexus One last year and has also been done on the HTC EVO, for example—but since there aren't a whole lot of Streak devs out there, it's great to see it being done on the Streak too. Not many people have attempted a native install, but then again, not many people have an Android phone with a 5-inch screen!

If you want to check out Ubuntu on your Streak and/or can lend a hand in fixing bugs or furthering development, you'll find the full set of instructions and the folks who are talking about it at the link below.

[Android @ MoDaCo]
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