July 29, 2014

Ubuntu Ported To the Galaxy S II

The Galaxy S II isn’t even officially available yet in the U.S., but it’s already been rooted, overclocked, and the first few custom ROMs are coming up as well. I used to run Ubuntu on my original Galaxy S (Just for fun of course, you can’t effectively use Ubuntu on a 4″ screen), so I decided to port Ubuntu to the Galaxy S II.

As you can see in the photo above, I succeeded. Ubuntu on the Galaxy S II works as a proof-of-concept, but it has a few major bugs:

  • It’s not running natively, only through VNC
  • Resolution is to high
  • The performance isn’t particularly good
  • Stability issues
  • LXDE (Unity or Gnome3 preferred)
  • No browser (yet, Firefox doesn’t run)

Those can be overcome, but it will definitely take some time. I’ll release a  beta version soon, but for now you can check out the screenshots after the break.