Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has managed to putt off another new hack on Nexus S. This time, he’s managed to get Ubuntu booting on Nexus S although the touchscreen doesn’t work yet due to kernel issues which he hopes to fix with MeeGo stuff.

Ubuntu on Nexus S

How Steven got Ubuntu working on Nexus S is that he used an HD2 Ubuntu image (v0.3), loaded it to the internal memory. No flashing required.

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to give it a shot, here’s a guide that can help you get going:

  1. Download Ubuntu for HTC HD2 version 0.3 ( download links at the end of this guide )
  2. Take the rootfs.ext2 file and drag it to your Nexus S in a folder called Ubuntu.
  3. Use fastboot to boot the following image: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/8657343/bootUbuntu.img
  4. Using ADB, push this file: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/8657343/xorg.conf to etc/X11/xorg.conf and reboot Ubuntu. This will fix the screen output.

As mentioned above, the touchscreen should be fixed soon. Meanwhile, you can enjoy Ubuntu on your Nexus S to some extent!

Steve was previously able to port MeeGo 1.1 to HTC HD2 as well.

Download Ubuntu for HTC HD2 version 0.3

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