How To Run Ubuntu Linux On Galaxy S III [Tutorial]

There are many you have Ubuntu (Linux-based OS) dual-booted with the Windows PCs, now it can be done for Android devices. As a Samsung Galaxy S III owner you can join the party by loading Ubuntu or using Backtrack Linux on their Android smartphones.

An independent developer called tiborr have being come up with an awesome method of his own solution to keep Galaxy S3 happy in the mean time. Here’s an step-by-step guide ready for those who are pretty interested in trying out the full Ubuntu experience on the Samsung’s Galaxy S III.

While now a days Galaxy S3 smartphone becomes one of the most popular device and making some serious inroads with development that seems to be speeding up with every step. That latest one to hit SGS III users is Ubuntu and Backtrack Linux being added onto the Android-powered device.

Before you get started you have to note that to be patient and must be familiar with the executing scripts, and you have to make yourself ready to follow this, and learn more about how you can get Linux running on your Galaxy S III.

DISCLAIMER: Vsszone will not held responsible for any damage incurred to your device as a result of following this tutor. Proceed at your own risk.

You will need several pre-requisites before following this guide. Your Galaxy S III:

* Must be rooted (instructions here)
* have kernel with loop support
* tiborr tested this on Omega 4.0 ROM and so it is suggested that you flash it as well
* Have USB Debugging enabled (fraom Settings > Developer options)
* Requires the following apps installed: Ubuntu Installer, android-vnc-viewer [Play Store], Terminal Emulator [Play Store] and BusyBox [Play Store]

That done, to avoid any issues, install the Omega 5 ROM featured here. Make sure USB debugging is enabled on the device. Now run the app and download the Ubuntu file.

Step 1: Download [SourceForge]. Once this is downloaded, copy this script ( and the ubuntu file downloaded via Ubuntu Installer onto the internal memory of the phone in a folder named Ubuntu. Transfer it directly under /sdcard (i.e. root directory).

Step 2: With all data on its place. Launch Terminal Emulator and type the following commands:

”    su

    cd /sdcard/ubuntu


Step 3: Now asked to input the resolution of your device, so in the case of SGS 3, type the following 1280×720 and then enter Y to keep this as  default resolution.

Step 4: The Android Terminal will ask for a password. According to the developer, this is ubuntu. So, enter it twice!

Step 5: Exit the Terminal app and launch VNC Viewer. Enter the following information:

Step 6: After setting up completes. Simply Tap on Connect.

If you followed the above steps correctly, you must now be booting into the most popular Linux distro right on your smartphone. But the Ubuntu Linux was never meant to be used on a 4.8″ display, so the experience of course isn’t going to as spectacular as you expected.

The fact that you’re now running Ubuntu (albeit through VNC Viewer) is pretty enough on its own. With its 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and the beautiful 4.8” Super AMOLED HD display, the Galaxy S III is the perfect smartphone for running Ubuntu for Android. Still waiting to bootup a desktop-class OS run on a smartphone!

For updates and queries related to this awesome mod, head over to the forum thread at XDA-Developers.