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.

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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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