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How to install Ubuntu on Nexus 7

Canonical, the developer of the Ubuntu operating system (Linux-based operating system) for PCs, announced at CES 2013 that the first official version of Ubuntu for smartphones will be released in February 2013. The new system should be available. at the end of the month, by downloading first to the Galaxy Nexus. Until that happens, I shortened my wait time and, I installed Ubuntu on my Nexus 7. Precisely, this preliminary version 13.04 that I installed on my 7 inch tablet from Asus and Google. Canonical, the developer of the Ubuntu operating system (Linux-based operating system) for PCs, announced at CES 2013 that the first official version of Ubuntu for smartphones will be released in February 2013. The new system should be available. at the end of the month, by downloading first to the Galaxy Nexus. As I don't like to wait and I'm impatient, I installed Ubuntu on Nexus 7. Precisely, this preliminary version 13.04 that I installed on my 7 inch tablet from Asus and Google.

Read the entire procedure in fullIf you do not understand everything, you should probably not try to install now.

  • Before installing Ubuntu on your Nexus 7, you should definitely make a full backup of your device. This can be done with the Ultimate Backup tool or any other similar application. Basic fastboot knowledge is required to install Ubuntu. Neither I nor AndroidPIT is responsible for any damage to your tablet. The operation of your responsibility. Your tablet's bootloader must first be unlocked and all necessary drivers must be installed on your computer. For this installation, I used a 16GB Google Nexus 7 and Windows 7 64-bit version on the PC.
  • After installing Ubuntu, it replaces Android. Dual-boot is possible, but this tutorial is simply meant to install Ubuntu. To get back to Android again, you can, for example, use the Nexus 7 Toolkit.

Back to the topic: There are several ways to install Ubuntu, we opted for the method via fastboot. For this you will need the Android SDK installed or the SDK tools. In my case, I used the SDB tools with ADB and fastboot.

You obviously need an Ubuntu image for Nexus 7. You can find it on the Ubuntu download page here. You should download the raring-preinstalled-desktop-armhf + nexus7.bootimg and raring-preinstalled-desktop-armhf + nexus7.img.gz files (beware of extensions .bootimg and .img.gz). Unzip the second file (long .img.gz) and copy, as well as the first, into the SDK tools folder. You must then change the extension of the uncompressed image file .img (which .raw in the base).

Fastboot and Ubuntu image installation.

1. Put your Nexus 7 in fastboot mode (power button + volume up + volume down + release when you see Android) and connect it to your PC.

2. Then, on your PC, open the folder that contains the SDK tools and downloaded files and decompress them; press Shift while right-clicking and select: Open Command Prompt. From the following commands, all data in 7 Nexus will be deleted. Then the boot images and Ubuntu will be installed.

3 Enter the commands:

fastboot erase boot (clears the current boot image) fastboot erase userdata (erases user data)

fastboot flash boot raring-preinstalled-desktop-armhf + nexus7.bootimg (flash to boot image) fastboot flash userdata raring-preinstalled-desktop-armhf + nexus7.img (flash to Ubuntu image)

note: If you rename the files, adapt them.

fastboot reboot (restart the tablet)

Install Ubuntu

Your Nexus 7 reboots and after displaying the Google logo starts installing Ubuntu. Do not worry if the message "Preparing the root filesystem, please wait, this will take a few minutes …" displayed for a few minutes, this is normal.

After installation, you must proceed with the basic parameterization. Note that errors are possible at this stage.

Coming Soon: The Ubuntu Test on a Nexus 7.

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