Ubuntu for Mobiles released onto Android Market

Ubuntu-for-mobiles-icon Linux-loving Dell Streak users recently received news that xda-developer and member of our own StreakSmart forums profclean2000 had created a custom Ubuntu 10.10 ROM for the Streak that evolved into a full-fledged Ubuntu port for Android devices everywhere, and would soon be releasing it as a simple .apk that would make using Ubuntu on any rooted Android 2.0+ device a piece of cake.

Well, that day has — sort of — arrived. Profclean2000 has released his Ubuntu for Mobiles application to the Market, but it isn't the one-click setup that was originally planned. Instead, the app is just a link to the original how-to guide (since removed from XDA) that'll get you all set up. 

What this means is that any would-be Linux user would have to not only be on a rooted Android 2.0+ device, but also be somewhat tech-literate in order to be able to tap in the command prompt commands to get Ubuntu 10.10 up and running. However, the effort promises to be well worth it, as Ubuntu for Mobiles delivers Firefox, Open Office, BitTorrent, and all your other favorite Linux features, all inside Android. You can even use basic cell phone functions, such as calling and texting, while using Ubuntu. 

While perhaps inconvenient, this decision by profclean2000 (known under the alias Linuxforandroid in the Market) is likely for the best, and still shows itself to be the best — if not only — way to get Ubuntu 10.10 running on the Streak and any other rooted Android 2.0+ device.


Links: Market (Streak) | Market (Web)

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Alex Winzenread

Alex Winzenread is a former editor at StreakSmart, which was merged into Pocketables in 2012. He has been writing in creative writing competitions since 2009 and has always been writing for leisure. In October 2010, he got his first smartphone and was instantly smitten. His hacking and modding obsession had officially begun.

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4 thoughts on “Ubuntu for Mobiles released onto Android Market

  • Avatar of Long time listener, first time caller.

    I bought it and while the instructions work, I felt a little ripped off that the only thing the 1.3mb apk does is tells you to copy/paste a link into your browser when the market description said “APK Opens web based installer”.

    Serious 1.3mb to give you some text. I still feel it’s money well spent in the regards to the work they spent on it, but the deception leaves a sour taste.

  • Understand your feelings, about the APK….

    However, how well does Ubuntu work on the Streak?

    Is it really practical to run Ubuntu on a device like this?


  • Avatar of LinuxForAndroid Dev Team

    Now a downloadable app from the market.

    Thank you again for all of your input.

    We republished the app in the market today and have completely overhauled the app and install process to make it much easier. I would like to apologize to the community as I have read through the posts and understandably some are upset because this went from free to a paid app. The reason is the file went from an 8 part download for the image to a single 1.5gb file. The hosting costs us quite a bit of the price we charge for downloading the files. We did not want to use free file hosting as this was a better option in our opinion for the end user (quite a few times unzipping the 8 part file into a single zip was creating an unusable ubuntu image in our testing). We also are using any of the remaining proceeds to pay the Dev who overhauled the app to the current version posted above to keep it looking and working nicely. This Ubuntu image will be updated frequently and updates are always free. We also are looking to port other versions of linux for Android and once again our under paid (almost free) Dev has been so kind to take this project on for us. If the MODS here see it fit to remove this post I would encourage them to do so as it is not our intention to take advantage of the hard earned monies of anyone who may decide to purchase this app to support our developer. If you chose to support our project we greatly appreciate it and thank all of the users who have purchased the app to date ;-)

  • Avatar of Long time listener, first time caller.

    It runs fairly well, I have been trying to install a more lightweight window manager on it as I think it would run better with lxde. As far as usability goes, it’s not a desktop replacement, but can be used for running ftp server, etc.


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