Install Ubuntu on HP Touchpad

HP TouchPad is latest addition as iPad competitor by HP. It comes with 1024×768 pixels, 9.7 inches, multitouch, capacitive screen.802.11a/b/n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 for connectivity. It have Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 APQ8060, dual-core ARM, 1.2GHz processor, Qualcomm Adreno 220 core Graphics, 1GB RAM and 16-32GB storage space.

With these specification many users are wondering whether they can install Ubuntu on it or not. Well, installing Ubuntu on HP TouchPad is possible but it is quite complicated, it requires deep understanding of Linux and complex coding. I am just giving brief overview of steps that you can refer to install Ubuntu on HP TouchPad.

  1. Install Preware which will enable installation of homebrew utilities which are not available in default WebOS App Catalog. You can get detailed instructions about installing Preware in WebOS Internals Wiki
  2. Now install meta-doctor scripts but first you have to install Git, Palm Novacom and Java runtime.
  3. Now create ext3fs partition for Ubuntu.
  4. After creating Ubuntu partition you have to mount partition to your device boots. (more instructions)
  5. Now its time to install Ubuntu 11.04 CHroot but first make sure WebOS Internals Testing Feeds are enabled.
  6. Install Xecutah and Ubuntu 11.04 CHoot and run XServer
  7. Now return to Xecutah and tap Ubuntu 11.04 CHroot

After following these steps you will get command line interface of Ubuntu, you can then install GUI by installing XFCE or LXDE. You can also install Gnome or KDE but both of them will be quite heavy for your hardware. Also note that HP TouchPad comes with ARM processor so many Ubuntu applications will not work on HP TouchPad.

Note: This tutorial is for educational purposes only, I will not be responsible for any damages or loss caused by following these instructions.


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