Install Ubuntu/Lubuntu on Samsung Galaxy S2

Install Ubuntu/Lubuntu on Samsung Galaxy S2

Today we're going to give you the up and up on how to install Ubuntu or Lubuntu on your Samsung Galaxy S2. Will this be a difficult task? Yes, a little bit, but together we're gonna get that Linux love running your Galaxy S2 in no time.

To get started, you'll need to be rooted. If you're not, then this simply will not work, so we're going to assume you're using a rooted Samsung Galaxy S2 in the first place.

The next thing you're going to need are the following files:

1. Ubuntu Image File

2. Installation Script

If the links aren't working for you, you can always find more in the XDA link at the bottom. Additionally, this tutorial will help you install Lubuntu, as it is lighter and works better with the Galaxy S II.

Now that you've got everything prepared, let's get this show on the road.

The first thing you do is take both of those files you downloaded and place them on the root of your SD Card. Can you put them somewhere else? Yes, you can. Do you want to? Unless you're familiar with changing directories in a terminal, I highly recommend that you don't.

Once there, you're going to grab Terminal Emulator from the Android Market if you don't have it yet.

To recap so far, you've got the Ubuntu image and script on your SD card and Terminal Emulator installed. Now, it's time for good old installation goodness.

You're going to open the Terminal Emulator and type the following commands. Make sure you follow the instructions exactly or bad things will happen. Things that are even worse than season 3 of Misfits.

su
*hit enter and accept root permission*
cd sdcard
*hit enter*
sh ubi.sh

If everything was prepared properly, then you'll receive a lot of text telling you that if you have more than 255 apps installed on your device than it won't work. If you don't, it'll start installing. If you do, then you're in my prayers.

Once finished, you'll need to download a VNC Client for Android. I personally prefer this one because it has my favorite feature; it's free.

Open it and enter the following information:

Password: ubuntu
Address: localhost
Port: 5900

Then hit connect. Finally, you simply need to set up your mouse. In order to do so, first hit Menu and select Input Mode then Touchpad. At this point, you may gingerly place your phone upon the nearest surface and do a quick victory dance.

To turn it off, hit Menu then Disconnect. In the Terminal Emulator window that's still open, simply hit Menu and Close Window.

There you have it, you have some Ubuntu goodness installed on your Samsung Galaxy S II for whatever you may need it for. Personally, I'd go with bragging rights, but some people do good work in Ubuntu.

If you run into any troubles or want to install regular Ubuntu as opposed to Lubuntu, you can find the download links and troubleshooting tips in the XDA Thread.

[Editor's note: say welcome to Joe! He's going to be sharing some mobile tips and hacks here on Mobot - Emma]

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Treab  Feb. 4, 2012 at 15:45

... is it me or does emma work for phone companies trying to get us to brick our phones and buy new ones.. cause this looks seriously risky.. or maybes its the way 'joe' writes "you're in my prayers"...

JoeHindy  Feb. 4, 2012 at 16:21

Hello Treab :)

My prayers only go out to those who have 255 or more apps. Mostly because I cannot name 255 apps, let alone use that many.

Treab  Feb. 4, 2012 at 16:23

dont you come on here with no outfit and only that badge :p

being naked on the forums HAVE YOU NO SHAME ;)

JoeHindy  Feb. 4, 2012 at 16:27

HAVE YOU NO SHAME ;)

Of course not, I'm American! :P

Treab  Feb. 4, 2012 at 16:29

oh gawd what has emma done ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 4, 2012 at 16:29

Treab, you reminded me to add my star to my avatar, cheers mate ;).

Treab  Feb. 4, 2012 at 16:30

just remember who saved the world :p

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Observer/Pix/pictures/2009/03/29/riddell-main.jpg

gordo to the rescue ..

and matt that doesn't suit you :p

Treab  Feb. 4, 2012 at 16:31

question which is better (1) above or (2) below?

http://jeffreyhill.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341d417153ef0105365356a9970b-pi

JoeHindy  Feb. 4, 2012 at 16:33

My vote goes for two. "Maybe the bank will lend it back to me"...classic! lol

Treab  Feb. 4, 2012 at 16:38

I will warn you now... the american jokes will be chronic ;)

2 for now..

http://www.mandastep.co.uk/images/fitness-jokes.jpg

http://weird-websites.info/Weird-Jokes/American-Jokes/images/fat-americans-pictures-cute-French-girls-photo.jpg

more will appear ;)

JoeHindy  Feb. 4, 2012 at 16:41

more will appear ;)

Hahahaha! It's funny because it's true! We do have some fat women in this country.

Treab  Feb. 4, 2012 at 16:43

some... the only reason america has a size zero dress size is so they dont feel bad about putting on a size 30 ;)

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2012 at 16:46

Hi Joe :D

You're fired for talking to Treab :p

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 4, 2012 at 16:46

Treab, be nice :p. Consider yourself warned...

It's nice to have you on Mobot, Joe. I see you've met our tamed troll, Treab ;).

JoeHindy  Feb. 4, 2012 at 16:48

some... the only reason america has a size zero dress size is so they dont feel bad about putting on a size 30 ;)

After size 15, we call them tarps. http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp202/nickpatey/its_a_tarp.gif

Treab  Feb. 4, 2012 at 16:52

:( Lastly for today... BUSHISMS :D

'I'm the commander — see, I don't need to explain — I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being president.''

—President George W. Bush, as quoted in Bob Woodward's Bush at War

''There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.''

—President George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002.

''And so, General, I want to thank you for your service. And I appreciate the fact that you really snatched defeat out of the jaws of those who are trying to defeat us in Iraq.''

—President George W. Bush, meeting with Army Gen. Ray Odierno, Washington, D.C., March 3, 2008

''People say, how can I help on this war against terror? How can I fight evil? You can do so by mentoring a child; by going into a shut-in's house and say I love you.''

—President George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2002

''You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror.''

—President George W. Bush, interview with CBS News' Katie Couric, Sept. 6, 2006

''It's important for us to explain to our nation that life is important. It's not only life of babies, but it's life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet.''

—Presidential candidate George W. Bush, Arlington Heights, Ill., Oct. 24, 2000

''Then you wake up at the high school level and find out that the illiteracy level of our children are appalling.''

—President George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2004

''Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?''

—George W. Bush, Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000

let us salute the american flag...

http://www.thecupcakeblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/American-Flag-Cupcake-Cake.png

:p

you really shouldnt have told me joe ;)

Treab  Feb. 4, 2012 at 16:53

I <3 The USA!!!!

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 4, 2012 at 17:00

^^^^^ No power, eh ;)?

Treab  Feb. 4, 2012 at 17:00

i wanna report that 'moderated' post for spam :p

Treab  Feb. 4, 2012 at 17:01

''Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?''

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 4, 2012 at 17:02

It'll be me and Jan that get the spam report ;)...

''Rarely is the question asked: Is our troll learning?'' :p

JoeHindy  Feb. 4, 2012 at 17:05

''Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?''


LOL! I want it on the record here and now that I was too young to vote both times that guy was elected president. I will give him one thing though, comedy in this country became ridiculously good during those 8 years... :D

Treab  Feb. 4, 2012 at 17:05

explains why jans spam never gets deleted even when i report it lol.

NEVER ;) you have nothing to teach me padowan :p

Treab  Feb. 4, 2012 at 17:06

''Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?''


LOL! I want it on the record here and now that I was too young to vote both times that guy was elected president. I will give him one thing though, comedy in this country became ridiculously good during those 8 years... :D


he was comic gold... almost as good as the italian stallion... berlusconi

JoeHindy  Feb. 4, 2012 at 17:11

''Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?''


LOL! I want it on the record here and now that I was too young to vote both times that guy was elected president. I will give him one thing though, comedy in this country became ridiculously good during those 8 years... :D


he was comic gold... almost as good as the italian stallion... berlusconi


Yeah he was, it's pretty bad when you're leader is so bad that when you travel abroad you don a fake accent and pretend to not be from there lol.

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