Earlier we covered quite a few posts of Ubuntu being ported to various Android mobile phones and tablets, so that is not something new to users who’ve been following Android development for a year or so. This time it is the latest Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi US that – thanks to RootzWiki forum member poitee – has managed to run Ubuntu natively. Porting Ubuntu onto Android devices is not the easiest of things to do, as it involves a constant battle with drivers and compatibility issues.
Now before we go any further with this, you should know that this is not meant to be used as a daily OS but is there for developmental purposes and for those who love their Galaxy 10.1 to bits and would feel good knowing that this feat is possible. It’s not that you want to run Ubuntu on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, it’s the fact that it can actually be done. Below you can see a video of Ubuntu running on the device, courtesy of the developer.
The port is in its early stages (Alpha) and there are quite a few glitches to it. The touchscreen is not working at all for now, so you might want to keep a USB mouse and keyboard around if you want to be able to interact with the OS. Bluetooth connectivity and sound output have not been tested yet, so whether they work or not, remains to be seen. Wi-Fi and USB connectivity is working.
Whether all these issues will be fixed in the future or not, remains to be seen, but if you’re brave enough to battle all these issues and try out this port on your Galaxy Tab 10.1 to show off to friends, you can head over to the forum thread at RootzWiki to read up the installation instructions straight from the developer and for any updates or queries.