Install Linux Ubuntu on Samsung Galaxy S III Android – Tutorial

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Install Linux Ubuntu on Samsung Galaxy S III – Tutorial

We already have our hands on the feature equipped adorable Samsung Galaxy S III for a while but still all the Linux fans haven’t got a taste of their OS over the device.

Although the support for Ubuntu in Samsung Galaxy SIII is expected to roll out sometime soon yet for all those crazy Linux fans who desperately wanna experience their niche OS on their Android Device here comes a quick but temporary solution.


The independent developers Tiborr have emerged onto the scene with their working solution to relieve our anxious minds.


Before we proceed please bear in mind this solution is only temporary and still in beta phase but we will not be responsible for any damage to the device. Attempt this working at your own risk.


There are certain prerequisites for this installation listed below precisely.

  • The Android Device must be rooted.
  • The device must be compatible with Flash and have kernel with loop support.
  • The device must have USB debugging enabled (from Settings > Developer options)
  • The following apps are recommended to be installed on your device before proceeding: Ubuntu Installer, android-vnc-viewer [Play Store], Terminal Emulator [Play Store] and BusyBox [Play Store]


Step 1: Connect the device to Internet and Download [SourceForge], transfer it directly under /sdcard (i.e. root directory).

Step 2: After download has finished launch Terminal Emulator and type the following commands:


cd /sdcard/ubuntu



Step 3: Type in the following


and then enter Y to keep this as default resolution.

Step 4: The terminal will now ask for a password. According to the developers guideline, this is ubuntu. You may have to enter this twice.

Step 5: Exit the Terminal app and launch VNC Viewer. Enter the following information:



Step 6: Tap on Connect.

If you have successfully followed through the procedure than by now you might have been able to enjoy a flavor of Linux on unsupported Samsung Galaxy S III. Although the graphics and output may not be as fascinating as on a Laptop but still you will get a chance to enjoy Linux distro on unsupported Android device.


The eye catchy features like 1.4 GHz quad core processor, 1 GB RAM and 4.8″ inch Super AMOLED HD display make Samsung Galaxy S III a perfect match for running Ubuntu distro.

Anxiously waiting for Ubuntu team to roll out a special Android version of their OS till than keep enjoying this working solution. Keep the comments rolling in.




DISCLAIMER: This tutorial is provided only for informational and educational use. We are not responsible for any damage caused in the device due to the working procedure, attempt this tutorial at your own risk. Technical Competence is required for this solution to work properly.

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