For any Ubuntu version prior to 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) see this link: Install ADB And Fastboot Android Tools In Ubuntu Via PPA ~ Web Upd8: Ubuntu / Linux blog It will instruct you by telling you to add that PPA via terminal, update the repositories, and install ADB and fastboot without the need for the SDK, which is 32 bit only. The nice thing is this PPA and the package in 12.10 support 64 bit drivers for fastboot and ADB. For Uuntu 12.10, no PPA is needed. May be useful for anyone having issues. For Debian and others, I have no clue. (No N00buntu comments please). If you do have instructions for those, let me know, I will copy & paste it, quote it, give you credit, and add it to this OP. I am no developer but I can somewhat use the terminal. I've always kinda been in this semi-noob state, but I am willing to learn things. Since we're all finding out new stuff every day, I figure that link would prove useful.