Wednesday, January 9, 2013

How to install the Ubuntu on Nexus 7?

Recently, Ubuntu has become hot with the release of Ubuntu of phones. The special free Linus-based operating system allows you to experience both desktop and the Android. And since Canonical launched Ubuntu for Android, Android users can enjoy the service. Good thing is that, Ubuntu is now available on Nexus 7.So do you want to install Ubuntu on your Nexus 7?Or do you want to get two completely different operating systems on Nexus 7? If your answer is yes, then you can check out how to install Ubuntu on Nexus 7.

In order to install the Ubuntu, you’ll need a computer with Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, a Nexus 7 with 8GB ,16GB or 32GB of storage, and a USB cable to connect the tablet to your PC.

Step 1:Unlock the bootloader
Warning: Unlocking the bootloader erases all data and resets the device to factory defaults. So keep in mind to make a backup using TWRP or ClockworkMod to save your files on an external storage device. Also, you may void your warranty.

To install, you must first unlock the bootloader in order to flash different images to the device. You can use the All-In-One Nexus Root Toolkit to simply finish the operation of you can follow the Canonical’s instructions.

Step 2:Install Ubuntu Nexus 7 Installer

  • Launch Ubuntu’s Terminal app and enter the following commands one by one:
      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-nexus7/ubuntu-nexus7-installer
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install ubuntu-nexus7-installer
  • Connect Nexus 7 with the computer via the USB cable(make sure no other connected devices) and boot the Nexus 7 in fastboot mode.
  • Turn off your Nexus 7. Press and hold Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons until you see the Android mascot.
  • Search for Ubuntu Nexus7 Installer from the Ubuntu dashboard. Launch it. Follow the on-screen instructions.
Ubuntu Nexus 7 Installer
After less than 20 minutes, you can run the Ubuntu on your Nexus after a boot if the steps are right.

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