AndroiLinux.com is dedicated to the development of Linux applications running on top of Android operating system.

About Author – Max Lee

Back in July 6th 2010, I decided that it would be possible to put Ubuntu linux on Nexus One since there were already numerous Debian ports to G1 Phone and Ubuntu is Debian-based.

Why are you doing this?

I think being able to run Linux operating systems on Android brings a new level of possibilities never imagined before.

For example, can you imagine in 20 years that over 50% of web servers in the world running off these old Android smartphones that run linux?  It’s certainly possible at the pace our technology is developing.

My goal is to put various different Linux operating systems running on Android.  I am specifically talking about Chrooted Linux OS on Android.  We could replace Android with Linux completely but then you wouldn’t be able to use your Android phone as a phone anymore.

Android/Linux Development

Bringing linux apps to Android brings a ton of more free software to existing Android platform.  If we can figure out a way to run Ubuntu in the background while Android runs super fast, then we can essentially double the capacity and capabilities of Android.  For example, run a web server off your Android device or maybe run an automated home security system, all integrated with Android/Linux services.

This is just a site I started because it interests me.   Please feel free to subscribe to our e-mail list so you can stay updated on my latest Android Linux adventures.



Max Lee

My main tech blog over at Zedomax.com

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  1. Hey,
    I’m going to install Ubuntu on my Phone right now. Seems to be awesome Work!
    But there haven’t been any updates on this site since February, so is development still going on?

    1. Hi Bjorn,

      Yes, I’ve been a bit busy but will get back to working on this soon, I’ve picked up an Atrix 4G and Optimus 2X so will have an updated tutorials on dual-core phones plus tablets too later on.

      Best, Max

  2. i allready signed up for your newsletter. the sign up- popup is driving me crazy. i would like to enjoy this great informations of yours. how can i get rid of it?

  3. Hey,
    Just wondering is the ubuntu physicly installed on the android phone or is on a diffren computer and just using vnc?

  4. Hey i have a optimus gt540 it runs on arm-v6 architecture i read this is arm-v7 will it still run or is it possible to run it my processor is overclocked to 825mhz and have 512mb swap and 3gb partition so have set up ready for this just thought id ask 🙂

  5. Made my own (bootfedora).
    Tell me what you think 😀
    Also, feel free to contact me. I have a lot of ideas about this, including quite the opposite to what you said:
    “…Android with Linux completely but then you wouldn’t be able to use your Android phone as a phone anymore.”
    I know that’s not true at all. It would take a lot of work but you could most definitely replace the Android OS and use your phone as a phone. Most likely, however, you’d need a separate pre-compiled “image” (zImage and a rootfs) for each specific device.

  6. hey, love the great work you’ve done with ubuntu and android.. Well done! And marvelous work with the Transformer and the 10.1! Wish you would spend some time making a tutorial on Ubuntu linux on a Acer Iconia A500.. Would really appreciate it! (: Keep up the good work!

  7. Hello !
    You did an awesome explainetion on how to install linux on android. Thank you!
    But I’ve just one question: will I need to be connected to “something” (PC, 3G, WIFI…) to run the GUI ?

  8. Really thanks for the instructions. I even made a mainframe of my Galaxy tab by compiling hercules-390 within the installed Ubuntu.

    Bernard van der Helm

  9. Hello

    Installing Ubuntu on android is great, but Windows is my favorite operating system.
    After I have installed Ubuntu could I use an emulator like QEMU for Ubuntu to install Windows and run windows programs by emulating a processor?

  10. i want linux on my tablet- or bsd. i don’t want android. android is total bloatware. when will we start to see linux distros for touchscreen devices?

  11. Hello max lee :-
    i hope you contact with me i have a idea to start new distro from scratch for android phone’s and tablet

  12. I was wondering if you might have any videos explaining how to leave android on a tablet and run ubuntu natively having a dual boot option. I recently purchased the ASUS SL101 (tablet with slide out keyboard) I would love to enjoy the games of android and the funtionality of ubuntu.

  13. Question: If you install a ubuntu, and then log in using VNC Viewer or similar software, will you still be able to use the android keyboard to type your messages? I’m wondering, because I use the different IMEs, and it would be nice, since Android has better IME implementations than SCIM or IBus.

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