Ubuntu – replace the Android OS with Ubuntu on the Zeki 7.0″ Android Tablet


I just ordered this tablet from Target, but I would much rather have Ubuntu on it than Android. Is there any way I can remove Android and install Ubuntu with the necessary drivers? It seems like it should be possible, but I have never heard of it being done.

Best Answer

I think you can download an ARM image at cdimage.ubuntu.com. See http://www.ubuntu.com/download/arm

  1. Download the images at http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/12.04.1
  2. Place the SD card at your host computer.
  3. Make sure the SD card is not mounted (just umount it if needed)
  4. Identify the correct raw device name (like /dev/sde - not /dev/sde1) Run the following command to write it: (replacing omap4 and sde with the right values i.e. just omap for a beagle image.)

    zcat ./ubuntu-12.04-preinstalled-desktop-armhf+omap4.img.gz |sudo dd bs=4M of=/dev/sde ; sudo sync

Warning /!\ Some people have reported issues with this method. If this doesn't work, try the following commands: 2. gunzip ubuntu-12.04-preinstalled-desktop-armhf+omap4.img.gz 3. sudo dd bs=4M if=ubuntu-12.04-preinstalled-desktop-armhf+omap4.img of=/dev/sde 4. sudo sync

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