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.

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Thijs Koot
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If you see a scratched phone running an unfamiliar looking Android version, you know it's Thijs. Apart from breaking and fixing phones, he loves to play the guitar as well.

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8 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    May 26, 15:22 Reply

    “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?

    • Thijs Koot
      May 26, 15:37 Reply

      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. Ranbit
    June 10, 13:11 Reply

    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

  3. Meehee
    December 11, 21:49 Reply

    You wrote its ported but you use VNC?? It’s not ported at all then..

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