Would it be possible to run Linux (say Ubuntu) from the SD card on the Droid now that it's been rooted.
No reason to do this, just wondering.
I suppose it could be possible, but it's very unlikely. You'd need to recompile UBUNTU to run on an ARM processor, then somehow figure out how to get all the drivers and necessary frameworks compiled for ubuntu.
Basically, its so time consuming that its not even worth it.
Thanks for the little "sh shell" nugget. I understand that this is a phone forum, and not a Linux forum, so I am trying to get my head around all of this without making anyone here cranky. I googled and wiki'd sh shell, and I think I am now off to the pony races. Kinda frustrating sitting at the
SU # knowing that there is a world of opportunities at my fingertips, but knowing where to start, or what to type.
You're quite welcome. The SH shell isnt too difficult to script through, and much of it resembles a stripped down version of BASH. It'll be interesting to see what people can do with it. If you need any help, send me a PM and I'll be happy to do what i can.
Thank you for the kind offer. I am not ready to take you up on it yet, but perhaps once I get a little more wet. I googled Linux commands last night, and I could see that I did not even understand which shell/version I was dealing with. Your post clued me in as SU was taking me to the sh subdirectory. Heck, I even now understand what Bash means. Scarey.
I wiki'd sh this morning, and on the page found a nice link to a scripting document prepared by a gent in 1997. Once I figure out the simplist shell to use on the PC, I think I have enough to get started. Just gotta figure out a way to format my noggin to clear the DOS commands from long term memory....This is really scarey, but I still use a few dos batch files on my work PC. Perhaps I will end up being a Linux junky before this all over.
If you want to learn Linux, install a CLUI Linux or BSD flavor on your PC or using a virtual machine (vmware or Virtual PC) (if a CLUI Linux distro still exists). Most BSD and Linux distros are free and the VM tools are free too. Just don't get one like Ubuntu which does all the stuff for you and you barely even know you're in Linux
This is how I learned back in the late 90s. Had an old Mac (back then they did not run Linux natively), and ran a program called MacBSD (based on NetBSD) which "rebooted" the Mac into BSD mode. I have fond BSD memories!
EDITED: Also, I think MS includes a Linux shell with Win XP/Vista/7 Pro. Go to Programs, Windows Features, I forgot what it's called but I think it's something like UNIX shell...and there's a freeware Linux type shell for Windows. I forget what it's called (I'm sure someone here knows), but it works really well and installs really easily too.
I have the superuser zip now after doing the update. Can I just rename the file to update.zip and put in the root of the sdcard to run it? Or is there something else that needs to be done?