Yeah, you read that right. Ubuntu on Android. Wait, I mean HOT DAMN, UBUNTU ON ANDROID!!
An ubuntu 10.10 maverick (with LXDE window manager) machine in your pocket. Perfectly usable from the phone itself using a VNC client, this allows you to install any ubuntu software onto your phone and have it with you always. Coupled with the (potential) ability for your phone to be hooked up to a television with TV Out (works with the Nokia TV Out cable available on eBay), and for (supposedly any) HID-compliant bluetooth keyboard and mouse to be linked up to the phone (requires Android 2.2), this really does become a PC in your pocket.
Not convinced that this could actually be doable without too much effort? Well, why not take a look at the instructions:
How to boot:
- Place ubuntu.sh and ubuntu.img in the same directory in your SD storage.
- Enter a terminal and enter ‘su’ to become a superuser (root).
- Navigate to the directory where you placed the files (e.g. “cd /sdcard/external_sd/ubuntu”).
- Execute the script by typing “sh ubuntu.sh”.
Not bad. That’s just 4 steps for those counting! Interested? Continue on to the original thread!
Ok. It's not quite that easy, and you will probably need some pretty recent/decent hardware to run it. It creates an Ubuntu instance on your phone just like any other app. You can switch back and forth between it and your 'phone' and it's running apps.
LXDE is a lightweight window manager (XFCE has been accused of bloat recently, and I won't even look at Gnome or KDE these days) and is used on the mobile version of Ubuntu. I intend to try it as my next WM when I do a nice clean Natty install in a few weeks.