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For those of you Ubuntu/Linux lovers, now there’s a way to easily install Ubuntu on your Nexus 7 natively, brought to you by the company Ubuntu themselves.
Now, the installation instructions on Ubuntu.com wasn’t working for me so I had to install the files manually but it’s easy to do. (For those of you with latest Ubuntu 12.10 or higher, you can skip to the original method, I found out it was because I have an older version of Ubuntu.)
Download the following three files, the Installer, Fastboot, and ADB:
Download Ubuntu Installer
Open a terminal and type:
sudo dpkg -i ubuntu-nexus7-installer_1.0~q_all.deb
For 32-bit systems do:
sudo dpkg -i android-tools-adb_4.1.1+git20120801-1_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i android-tools-fastboot_4.1.1+git20120801-1_i386.deb
For 64-bit systems do:
sudo dpkg -i android-tools-adb_4.1.1+git20120801-1_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i android-tools-fastboot_4.1.1+git20120801-1_amd64.deb
Once it’s done, type “Nexus” and you should be able to find the Nexus 7 Ubuntu Installer. Watch the video tutorial if you have trouble!
If you are on Ubuntu 12.10 or higher, you can also do this:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-nexus7/ubuntu-nexus7-installer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-nexus7-installer
But did not work for me and gave me this error (if you have an older version of Ubuntu):
W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-nexus7/ubuntu-nexus7-installer/ubuntu/dists/oneiric/main/source/Sources 404 Not Found
W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-nexus7/ubuntu-nexus7-installer/ubuntu/dists/oneiric/main/binary-i386/Packages 404 Not Found
Also, you can check for latest versions here.
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Nexus 7 Reference
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