How To Install Ubuntu On Galaxy Tab, The 10.1 Inch Model


How To Install Ubuntu On Galaxy Tab, The 10.1 Inch Model

Although Android is the most wanted operating system out there, some of you may appreciate porting another OS. In this case, we will handle Linux fans, in a medium complexity guide on how to install Ubuntu on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This is possible due to the guys over, but we took the liberty to simplify the steps and add a bit of our flavor.

In a few words, we are not going to replace the original OS, just add another one to the gadget. By using Linux on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, you are actually going run it as a side application. Whenever you want to head back to Android, a simply kill command will exit Linux. You can see this process as a dual-boot method, with possibilities of even attaching a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard. We’ve got a couple of screenshots below that can prove that.

Installing Ubuntu on the Galaxy Tab will be quite a journey. We will need a vast number of applications prior to this main part. Amongst them, you shall find ClockWork Recovery, BusyBox and the Android SDK. You are also going to need a rooted tablet. If you started as we did, with a stock tablet, do not worry as all the required steps are presented below.

Linux on the Galaxy Tab 10.1

How to install Ubuntu on Galaxy Tab, the 10.1 inch model

First, you will have to root the tablet. You can use our guide here. If you are already rooted, proceed. The next three parts are going to handle additional programs, needed to install Linux on the Galaxy Tab. If you have them installed, just skip these parts.

Install the Android SDK

Download the adb files compatible with your operating system using the links below and then unzip them. Move the “adb” folder to the root of your hard drive. For Windows users, this should look like “C:adb”.

Install Clockwork Recovery

Clockwork Recovery has been recently made available for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 inch model. You can install it by using this guide. Due to the big number of steps, we’ve chosen to skip this part. However, if you guys find it difficult to use, post a comment below and we will write our own steps.

Install BusyBox
  1. Check if the USB debugging is turned off and then connect the tablet to a computer, using the USB cord.

  2. Now download BusyBox and move the file to the root of your tablet.

  3. Unplug the cable and on the Tab, go to ROM manager. Touch on “reboot into recovery” and the tablet will boot using Clockwork.

  4. Using the volume buttons, select “Install zip from SD card” and hit Power to confirm.

  5. Now go to “Choose zip from SD card”, hit Power and find the BusyBox zip file we previously downloaded. Hit the Power button once more and then select Yes.

  6. After installation simply reboot the device.

Installing Linux
  1. Download Ubuntu and unzip the file. Move them to the root of your Galaxy Tab.

  2. Open the terminal or command line. In Windows, you can do this by pressing the Windows button + R keys, typing cmd.exe and hitting Enter.

  3. Make sure you have the Galaxy Tab 10.1 drivers for USB installed correctly and type the following commands, each followed by an Enter key:

adb commands

Setup your VNC server password and then continue.

How to use Ubuntu
  1. Download the Android VNC Viewer using this link.

  2. Start the program, set the IP to and the port to 5901. To login, use the password you set above.

  3. You should see the Ubuntu desktop. Android is running in the background, so don’t worry, you can easily switch by closing VNC.

How to start Linux after a reboot

Type the following commands, each followed by an Enter.

Linux after reboot


  • Ignore the bootubuntu error.

  • When attaching a Bluetooth mouse, it may be a little off set. To fix it just do the followings:

    Fixing the mouse

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