Ubuntu Running In HTC HD2
By on July 3rd, 2010

The developers at XDA have been working on getting Android to run in the HTC HD2 for quite sometime. In their quest, they have reached a major breakthrough by installing and running Ubuntu in the 4-inch device.

As you can see in the picture above, it is the desktop version of Ubuntu that is running.

Although they have reported that Ubuntu is running smoothly, Ubuntu is by no means a good operating system for a phone. Ubuntu is a Linux distro which has been designed for desktop and laptop computers not for phones. So even though it runs fine, you cannot do many functions crucial for a phone like making calls, texting etc. Moreover the interface has been designed for larger screen and will be a real pain to use in a 4-inch screen.

Nonetheless running a desktop OS on a phone is a really great achievement.

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  • Jack Fuller

    One has to chuckle a little at this news:

    ” So even though it runs fine, you cannot do many functions crucial for a phone like making calls, texting etc. ”

    Still, this does say a lot for the flexibility and applicability of Linux for running many types of devices.

  • http://flavors.me/dexter_greycells Abhishek S.

    Would have been lot better if XDA could have presented the use of Ubuntu on HTC HD2 in the landscape mode rather than the portrait mode.

    If Ubuntu becomes big someday, I am sure Canonical will work on porting it to mobiles too…

  • matt jones

    Why would they not have used Ubuntu Mobile?

    • http://digitizor.com Ricky Laishram

      Considering the fact that the last stable release of Ubuntu Mobile was 2 years ago, I don't think it would be a good choice.

  • http://timmyjohnboy.com Tim

    Isn’t Android built on Linux? Either way, still a cool accomplishment and it sure makes a cool pic!

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