Root [WebTop] Atrix/Photon UbunTop v1.0.0 (a.k.a Mr. Creosote Edition) 6/22/12


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I woke up this AM, dropped the phone in the dock and NOTHING. Pulled the dock apart and no blown circuits but no power to control circuits either. While I was away I had to get rid of my other docks and am dead in the water (I don't have an HDMI monitor either). I have a big move coming up and cannot afford to replace lapdock for at least a few months. By that time Moto ICS will be out and I expect the user base to shrink to a handful of diehard users. So as of 9/12/2012 this project is officially dead. I can upload the unfinished 1.2.0 if anybody wants to take over to project. Just PM me. Sorry guys. (I guess it's back to Mars for me)

Atrix/Photon UbunTop v1.0.0
"And finally, monsieur, a waffeur-thin mint"​

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Webtop is great, as long as all you want to do is use Firefox and cloud computing. Beyond Firefox, WebTop, in it's current form, is mostly gimmick and PR. I also have nothing against chroot methods, but on the Photon you are running Linux, on top of Linux, on top of Android, a.k.a Linux. This isn't really for me so I sought to find a better solution.

After many hours of searching and testing I've been able to combine existing methods used on the Atrix and a couple changes I made myself to bring you Atrix/Photon UbunTop . This mod turns WebTop into more of a tool while eliminating the additional layer of Linux. Atrix/Photon UbunTop includes almost all of the basic features used by computer users on a daily basis. Here's a list of the main features of Atrix/Photon UbunTop:

Listed in the order of Linux Noob to Linux Pro (Yes, even I was a linux noob once.)

Webtop+: Stock look UI with enhanced dock!
Stock looks with hidden power inside!
Stock UI with PCMANFM Desktop

UbunTopLX: Pure LXDE!
Even faster and lighter still, with more control than Webtop+ with just a simple file swap!
LXDE Panel & Desktop

Easter Egg: Ubuntop Core (Openbox, just Openbox. Not for the timid!)

Bluefish (editor for websites, scripts and programming code)

Firefox (I strongly suggest installing the adblock addons. I would have included them but doing so breaks the install)


OpenOffice (draw,presentation, spreadsheet, word)



Download Links:
Atrix/Photon UbunTop/Webtop+: (in the downloads section)

ClockworkMod Recovery (do not use bootstrap or safestrap)
Any UnLocked Blur ROM (Webtop does not work on CM7 or CM9)
webtop2sd is required for Atrix users because there is only 1.3MB free space otherwise (after resize2fs this is not an issue for the Photon)
7zip (I use a very particular 7zip setup to ultra compress files that winrar and similar can't extract)

Instructions: deviations from the instructions will cause things to not work
Download and extract the zip using 7zip and copy the contents to internal storage
Your directory structure should be /sdcard/UbunTop/!stuff!
Reboot into recovery
Perform a full backup just in case (to include /osh)
Flash via CWM
Launch Webtop+
Reboot into recovery and flash
Relaunch Webtop+ and enjoy!
* Everybody needs to read the "READ ME!!!" file. If Ubuntop doesn't work correctly and you have not followed the "READ ME!!!" then that's probably why
* If Firefox can't access the internet, reboot into recovery and wipe cache

  • To install "prepackaged" applications follow the instructions in the "READ ME!!!" file in the UbunTop folder on your internal storage
  • To switch back and forth between Webtop+ and Ubuntop- Follow the instructions in the "READ ME!!!" file in the UbunTop folder on your internal storage
  • REQUIRED FOR ATRIX USERS- Install and run Sogarth's webtop2sd

Webtop+ Custom Dock recovery after flashing a ROM, hard reset or wiping /data:
Launch Webtop+
Reboot into recovery and flash
Relaunch Webtop+ and enjoy!

Many Thanks to:
Sogarth (webtop2sd)
SystemR89 (Debian install)
arvati (WebTopScripts)
jokersax11 (the original script)


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Webtop+/Ubuntop with 4G 1/31/12
SBF 198_7 OR 198_6
WebTop+ v1.2b with UbunTop Upgrade (289MB)

Advantages: As long as any updates are rootable you only need to root, install webtop2sd and use the "reinstall executable" option.

  1. Flash 198_7 or 198_6 SBF then Root, unlock and install CWM Recovery.
  2. Reboot into recovery, go to "mounts and storage" and format /cache and /osh then flash WebTop+
  3. Reboot then install and run webtop2sd (suggest a 3GB partition at minimum)
  4. Factory reset phone Menu/Settings/Privacy/Factory Data Reset DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP
  5. Flash 198_7 or 198_6 SBF then Root
  6. Install webtop2sd and use the "reinstall executable" option
  7. Launch WebTop+ and enjoy!

Change Log:
Atrix/Photon UbunTop v1.0.0
Added the Atrix to supported devices
Updated to latest Webtop version WT-1.2.0-180
ALL wallpapers removed except one (saved 10MB)
all screensavers except popsquares removed (saved 3MB)
language-pack-es and language-pack-es-base
firefoxaddons (moto)
oss-addons (moto/firefox)
netcat dummy package
A ton of other KB here KB there shaving to get it to fit
Additional Changes:
gpicview replaces EOG (think Win7 like image viewer)
Revert back to "Upgrade" system, again to make it fit
UbunTop Upgrade has both Full and Individual choices now

UbunTop v1.3
Merged UbunTop & WebTop+
3 desktop environments (Stock Enhanced, XFCE, LXDE)
WebTop+ changed to custom stock UI
Customized stock Webtop dockbar via flashable zip
Smaller total file size
Increased free space
Removed xfmedia
Installed VLC
Added Bluefish
Firefox tweaks now permanent
Firefox now defaults to Google search on launch
Quick switching between different desktop environments
Webtop+ and UbunTopXF now uses stock wallpaper as default
(may be forgetting some stuff)

UbunTop v1.2 & Webtop+ v1.2 with UbunTop Upgrade Pack
Updated to WT-1.2.0-174
New CWM flashable zip (Many thanks to joker for this)
Install time is now down to 3-5mins!
New UbunTop Upgrade Pack

WebTop Plus v1.1
Initial Release (will only be updated when webtop base code is updated)

UbunTop v1.1
Updated to WT-1.2.0-160
Added eog (Eye of Gnome)
Removed OOffice pdf import plugin due to compatibility issues
More tweaks and enhancements for better memory management and smaller footprint

UbunTop v1.0 (Available here just in case)
Inital release

When reporting issues please give the following info:
Clockwork version AND color
Changes you have made and steps taken
Detailed description of the issue

Known Issues
The bottom panel is sometimes invisible after install. (rightclick at the bottom of the screen brings up the panel settings menu and panel)
No PDF editing. Tried pretty much everything out there and all attempts failed. Missing dependencies, build fail, fail to launch.Sorry guys.
Thunar fails to connect to XFCE trash service

UbunTop for locked MoPhos DONE
Figure out why Thunar fails to connect to XFCE trash service.
Make a standard flashable zip DONE
Fix mailmerge in OO or kill it
Add a WYSIWYG editor?
Add QEMU and/or wine support
Remote Desktop support
Fix Theming (Coming soon)
Release a "Build your own" Webtop DONE
Sleep !keyboard face doesn't count!
Oh crap I forgot to install eog (Eye of Gnome) DONE
Needs more polish and maybe some spit too

Enjoy and support those that make our electronics better by hitting the thanks button, voting on the thread or submitting to portal.


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Latest release is now live! It took many hours of again digging through webtop. This time it was even worse as I had only 755MB to work with to fit it on the Atrix. For the Atrix, the good news is it fits, the bad news is it's broken unless webtop2sd is used as it has a whopping 1.3MB of free space otherwise.

I had planned for a fully universal release for all webtop enabled phones but we have unlocked bootloaders and many others do not. Sorry guys.