The Linux Meego and Ubuntu operating systems are now able to operate on Google’s Android Nexus S smartphone. However, running Meego and Ubuntu on the Nexus S is not very smooth. Steven Troughton-Smith at High Caffeine Content has spent time to test Google’s latest smartphone.
The display output and the touchscreen do not function well. The first non-Android OS runs on the Nexus S. It is necessary to build a Meego rootfs in ext2 format and the developer has already built a kickstart as a base. Users can copy it to linux/rootfs.ext2 on the Nexus S’ internal memory with the compiled image. Next, users are able to utilize his boot.img and fastboot to start it with “fastboot boot nexuss-meego-boot.img”. Users can also flash it to recovery if they want to dual book. Troughton-Smith’s kickstart has been supported and this can be utilized to get a root shell such as on any Android device.
By using the similar method and kernel, users can apply this process to boot Ubuntu onto Google’s Nexus S smartphone. The Finnish phone company and Intel, which co-develop the Meego OS, will be satisfied as tinkerers and modders are paid attention.