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Install Ubuntu on Nexus 7 (news softpedia)

Written By Rivo Kumaseh on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | 1:16 AM

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The following tutorial will teach all users of the Ubuntu Linux operating system how to install their beloved distribution on the popular Nexus 7 tablet from Google and ASUS. 

Ubuntu for Nexus 7 was officially announced by no other than Mark Shuttleworth, the creator of the Ubuntu operating system, back in October 2012, but Ubuntu for Nexus 7 will see an official release this year, in April, accompanying the highly anticipated Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) operating system. 

With today's tutorial, we will try to teach Nexus 7 owners how to install the Ubuntu operating system on their tablet.

To begin, you will need to have a healthy and running Ubuntu OS installation, the Android SDK, a standard micro USB cable (the one that came with the Nexus 7 tablet), and, of course, a Nexus 7 tablet (8GB, 16GB or 32GB).

Step 1 – Installing the Ubuntu Nexus 7 installer

So, hit the CTRL+ALT+T key combination to open a terminal window in your Ubuntu operating system and type the following commands, one by one, hitting enter after each one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-nexus7/ubuntu-nexus7-installer
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ubuntu-nexus7-installer

Step 2 – Unlocking the Nexus 7 bootloader

WARNING: This step will ERASE ALL THE DATA ON YOUR TABLET. Make sure you've correctly backed up your device before proceeding. You have been warned!

Connect the Nexus 7 tablet to your computer using the standard micro USB cable. Download the Android SDK for your architecture from here and extract the archive on your desktop. In the terminal window, go to the extracted Android SDK directory with the "cd" command and enter the sdk/platform-tools folder. Type the following command:

sudo fastboot devices

You should see your device's ID. If you see it, type the following command:

sudo fastboot oem unlock

Editor's note: If you don't see your device's ID when running the above command, try to run the sudo ./adb devices command instead.

You should see the following screen on your Nexus 7 tablet:

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The "Yes. Unlock bootloader (may void warranty)" entry will be automatically selected. Just press the Power button on the tablet to unlock the bootloader. You will be notified when the unlocking process has been completed. Type the following command to reboot the tablet:

sudo fastboot reboot-bootloader

Step 3 – Installing Ubuntu 13.04 on Nexus 7

WARNING: Before proceeding with the installation, make sure NO OTHER DEVICES are connected to your PC via USB.

Now, with the Nexus 7 plugged into your computer's USB port, search the Ubuntu Nexus 7 Installer app via Unity Dash and open it.

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Follow the instructions, and the tool will automatically download and install the latest Ubuntu OS for your Nexus 7 device. The entire process will take about 5-10 minutes, depending on your Internet bandwidth and the specs of your computer.

When the installation process is complete, the Nexus 7 tablet will reboot and finish the actual Ubuntu OS installation, which could take about 10-15 minutes.

That's it! Keep in mind that if you own a Micro USB Host Cable (OTG Cable), you will be able to attach a keyboard and a mouse to your Nexus 7 tablet and use Ubuntu like you use your desktop PC.

For more details watch the video below...

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