Nook Color hacked to run Ubuntu

Posted January 9th, 2011 by Support
Ubuntu on Nook Color

Ever wondered if your $249 e-book reader was able to run a full-fledged desktop operating system? Wonder no more, for the wizards over at XDA-Developers have managed to port Ubuntu to Barnes and Noble’s tablet slash e-book reader.

First off, you’ll obviously need to have rooted your Nook Color. The Ubuntu install boots off of the SD card, and as such won’t replace the Android OS the Nook Color ships with. To run Ubuntu on your Nook Color, you use an Android VNC app. It’s all detailed over on this forum thread, and make sure you follow the instructions precisely if you’d like to see how everyone’s favorite flavor of Linux performs on the Nook Color. Do keep in mind that the user who posted the hack does mention that it’s rather slow at the moment — so don’t expect stellar performance just yet. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of improvements can be made in future releases.

Nook Color hacked to run Ubuntu originally appeared on Download Squad on Fri, 07 Jan 2011 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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