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    Dual Booting the Transformer Pad with Other Linux

    Anyone out there gotten an actual Linux distro (aside from Android) running on one of these yet? I'm thinking of picking one up if I know I can get debian running on it for development purposes.

    I found a few threads here:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1055275
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1053641
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1054215

    That all talk about *maybe* installing Ubuntu, but not seeing anyone that has gone and done it yet. Any success in this area yet?

    ~Jeff
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    I'm looking for this too
    Gonna try to put ubuntu on my TF and let you know !
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    Let me know how it goes! If you can get Ubuntu/Debian ARM rolling on here and the touch screen and wifi both work at the very least I'll be picking one up.

    ~Jeff
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    This is the best link I found : Workaround to run Ubuntu now | Tegra Developer Zone
    At this time, It seems it's the only way to get Ubuntu working on a tegra2 ship (ie the TF tablet).
    I do want to keep Android on my TF that's why I'm going to wait for a double-boot solution

    Btw, I can't open your links.
    Bye

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    there is a way withh ubuntu 11.04

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allan View Post
    there is a way withh ubuntu 11.04
    Yes, a lot can happen in two months.

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    I tried and it's amazing
    First I rooted my TF to have the custom clockrecovery, then I flashed ubuntu and prime 1.7.

    Everything works perfectly, but Gnome is quite slow so I changed my Desktop manager (tried openbox and fluxbox, same performances).
    Using the TF with a mouse and ubuntu make me think it is really a notebook
    I can compile some C code with GCC, read PDF, browse internet with Firefox ... \o/

    Bad points are :
    You need an USB mouse because touchpad doesn't work.
    You need to have some linux skill (just a little)
    Connecting wifi is quite a challenge (but I did it)

    I followed this tutorial : Dual Booting Android 3.2 and Ubuntu 11.04 on an Asus Transformer Stream #0

    Enjoy
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    Quote Originally Posted by SabbatoR View Post
    I tried and it's amazing
    First I rooted my TF to have the custom clockrecovery, then I flashed ubuntu and prime 1.7.

    Everything works perfectly, but Gnome is quite slow so I changed my Desktop manager (tried openbox and fluxbox, same performances).
    Using the TF with a mouse and ubuntu make me think it is really a notebook
    I can compile some C code with GCC, read PDF, browse internet with Firefox ... \o/

    Bad points are :
    You need an USB mouse because touchpad doesn't work.
    You need to have some linux skill (just a little)
    Connecting wifi is quite a challenge (but I did it)

    I followed this tutorial : Dual Booting Android 3.2 and Ubuntu 11.04 on an Asus Transformer Stream #0

    Enjoy
    From that website (I believe stream0.org is your website), it appears that when you simply power up your TF now, you will have Ubuntu running on it and so to get Android you have to do the trick with the power+up-arrow trick every time. Is that correct?
    I wish the boot interface was something similar to a dual boot PC - it appears it is not.

    Correct me if I am wrong.
    VLBaindoor

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    Quote Originally Posted by vlbaindoor View Post
    From that website (I believe stream0.org is your website), it appears that when you simply power up your TF now, you will have Ubuntu running on it and so to get Android you have to do the trick with the power+up-arrow trick every time. Is that correct?
    I wish the boot interface was something similar to a dual boot PC - it appears it is not.

    Correct me if I am wrong.
    Stream #0 is my blog actually.

    The way I have dual boot setup is that each time you wish to change OS you need to enter CWM Recovery (using the Power+Up Arrow "trick" you mentioned) and select a different boot .Zip. Effectively this means that if you don't enter CWM at boot time, the Transformer will simply boot into the last used operating system, whether it is Android or Linux.

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    I too am looking for a way to install Backtrack on my Asus Transformer. As a few months have passed since the last post, lots of progress has been made with dual booting both Android and Linux. However, the only version of Linux I have seen work is Ubuntu 11.04. It is true that most (if not all) the tools of Backtrack 5 can be installed in Ubuntu, but there's just something about Backtrack that I think the users like us like.

    Anyways, getting your transformer to dual boot is now as easy as running one script, as Phillc has posted on his blog (thanks Phillc!)
    Dual Booting Android and Linux on Asus Transformer Part Two Stream #0

    This self contained package that automatically dual boots doesn't give you any options as far as which distro you'd like to use. There appear to be some workarounds, but they'll require work. The thing that I get stuck on is integrating an image of BT into OLiFE. In fact, I don't know where to begin. Any ideas?

    And happy new year!

 

 
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