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.


  1. “It’s not running natively, only through VNC”

    So what’s the host OS then?  To claim ‘Ported’ and then state the above is a bit misleading don’t you think?

    • It’s running in a terminal, trough chroot, but that only gives you a shell. If you want a GUI, you’ll have to use a VNC client.

  2. Can you post a guide soon?  I really want to get it running on my sgs2 and there is nothing out there that is a good workaround or even working properly for the sgs2