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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Ubuntu Running on HTC HD2


Just a big hurdle in the way of porting Android onto the HD2 was finally overcome. In short, the bootloader called HaRET has been patched in order to avoid CPU crashes when booting Linux through it.
And we rightly labeled that as a major breakthrough because now, the devs working on this project have apparently managed to successfully run Ubuntu, a Linux distribution often used on desktop computers, on the HD2. You might point out that this isn’t such a good operating system for a smartphone – you can’t even make calls – but don’t forget Android is also Linux-based, so…
Android is working. It was a very simple problem with a missing configuration setting in the kernel which is fixed now.

There have been a lot of successful "ports" of Android on Windows Mobile devices, like the Touch Pro2. These projects involve getting a linux bootloader to run (haret.exe) so that Android, or any other Linux-based OS, can boot. Over at XDA, they've been working feverishly to get Android working on the HTC HD2, and have made a lot of progress. Case and point, the developers behind the HTC Linux Twitter account have just posted an image of an HD2 running Ubuntu, which, like Android, is a Linux-based operating system. They even managed to connect a mouse and keyboard, seen below. This is a good sign! 






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