Flashing Ubuntu to your Nexus 7

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  1. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

  2. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    I just flashed it. Took a little longer doing it manually from windows.

    Its booting up for the first time now (taking a long time). Hopefully I can get some screen shots up


    I'm working on getting installation files and instructions up for you guys so you dont have to be running ubuntu. Only need fastboot knowledge
  3. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique VIP Member

    Looks interesting but bugs like no screen rotation or issues with the keyboard kinda make it a deal breaker for me.
  4. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    Yeah it was cool for about half an hour. Then I spent 2 hours trying to get android back on it.

    Personal recommendation: stay away for now
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  5. colchiro

    colchiro Well-Known Member

    That was my feeling before I read your thread. :D
  6. darklide

    darklide Well-Known Member

    If you'd rather not let your Nexus 7 live out its life as a Jelly Bean-toting device, Canonical's freshly minted Ubuntu Nexus 7 Desktop Installer can help. Instead of allowing Ubuntu to ride shotgun with Android, the installer requires unlocking the device's bootloader, which wipes the slate clean. Once the Nexus 7 is unlocked, started in fastboot mode and connected to an Ubuntu machine, the one-click installation software takes care of the rest. Roughly 10 to 15 minutes later, your tablet will be running full-blown Ubuntu. Since development is currently focused on getting the core of the desktop OS up and running, there's no tablet-specific Unity UI to see here. However, Raring Ringtail is set to flesh out the mobile experience with an emphasis on sensors, memory footprint and battery life, among other features. Those who regret ousting Google's confection-themed operating system can simply reload their device with stock Android. For the entire walk through, hit the first source link below.

    Ubuntu lands on Nexus 7 slates with Canonical's one-click installer -- Engadget
  7. Claghorn

    Claghorn Well-Known Member

    Yes, but the problem is 10 to 15 minutes later your tablet will be running the Unity user interface. Windows 8 is definitely trying to be a worse interface than Unity, but I don't think it will make it.
  8. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    Moved to ATR section and merged with the current Ubuntu thread :D
  9. Teknologic

    Teknologic Well-Known Member

    What kernel does it use? Is hardware acceleration any good?
  10. KegHead

    KegHead Well-Known Member


    It's very easy to revert back to classic via the terminal.
  11. whs37

    whs37 Well-Known Member

    And if you really brick the device, you can always get a factory image from here.
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  12. robert0wnz

    robert0wnz Well-Known Member

    So guys, I heard ubuntu officially released it for nexus 7..
    is it worth taking chances? if so, where can I get it?
    please answer :p
  13. n4zty

    n4zty Well-Known Member

  14. robert0wnz

    robert0wnz Well-Known Member

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    n4zty Well-Known Member

  16. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    I tried it, its not ready for primetime.

    Moved to root section since you'll need to be rooted
  17. robert0wnz

    robert0wnz Well-Known Member

    how was it?
    describe us !
  18. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    I had a thread on it... let me dig it up.

    In fact, I'll just merge
  19. robert0wnz

    robert0wnz Well-Known Member

    I didn't get more replies so merging it was a bad idea if u intend to help me
  20. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    It shows you the prior conversation, containing my comments on it (which you had requested).

    More importantly, It keeps all Nexus 7 unbuntu conversation in 1 place.
  21. n4zty

    n4zty Well-Known Member

    ah good call Rx didnt realize there was already a thread about ubunu on the nexus 7 :D
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  22. robert0wnz

    robert0wnz Well-Known Member

    bump, I'm still not sure if it's worthy
  23. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    You're more than welcome to give it a go :). Especially since this is a tablet and its not like you'd be without a phone for a day.
  24. whs37

    whs37 Well-Known Member

    Before you do, make an image though.
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  25. TheAtheistReverend

    TheAtheistReverend Anybody want a peanut? VIP Member

    I thnk the whole Ubuntu on Android thing sounds awesome. Dock it to a keyboard and monitor and you have a "PC". Walk away and have your tablet.
    Hope you can eventually run Mint, Xubuntu, etc.

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