The current release may not be very stable, but it looks really promising! The screen is working flawlessly and responds as if it would on any Android device. The people responsible behind this port call themselves HTC Linux and we’re pleased with the work they’ve put into making this a dream come true. At the moment though, Android 2.1 and Ubuntu both are a little buggy, but these bugs are being worked on and hopefully will be removed with time. Now if only we could get Android2.2 from Nexus One on this monster of a device, that would be something!!
If you are feeling adventurous, head over to XDA-Developers forums now and grab all the necessary stuff to get this working. We will do a step by step guide of our own soon. Stay tuned for that!
Ubuntu ‘Karmic Koala’ for HD2 version 0.1
Needs Storage Card with at least 2GB free space. Recommended is a fast Storage Card (Class 4 is ok) This is intended to be used as a netbook/desktop type setup with keyboard and mouse connected via USB. Check this site for information on how to do this. Be sure to read included README.txt for install instructions, features and developer information. Quick instructions: Put the ubuntu directory into the main/root directory of your Storage Card and tap HaRET executable. Size: 635M md5sum: 327a4b2c17e14dd5649964fe18f837e9 Mirrors: http://linuxtogo.org/~lgorris/hd2/hd2-ubuntu_0.1.zip
Random files for testing http://media2a.com/android/Android_Boot_Test_TS.zip Just extracted to Storage Card root directory and tap run HaRET executable.
Builds for advanced users zImage (latest kernel build) http://linuxtogo.org/~lgorris/hd2/zImage HaRET (bootloader) http://www.netripper.com/leo/haret-p…D8250-ONLY.exe startup.txt (bootloader configuration) http://linuxtogo.org/~lgorris/hd2/startup.txt rootfilesystem (initrds etc.) Old Media Player Demo check README.txt http://linuxtogo.org/~lgorris/hd2-mediaplayer_0.3.zip http://bit.ly/9p4tnn
Here is a video of it in action.
So there you have it, a great way to turn your phone into an HTC EVO 4G but without the 4G capabilities of course, and with an option of running Ubuntu as well. Do you think it would be fair to call the HD2 a lite version of the EVO 4G (without 4G), since most of the hardware specs are same as the HTC EVO 4G, and now that it can also run Android 2.1 alongside Windows Mobile 6.5.
UPDATE 1: And here it is running on my European version of HTC HD2 !
Oh and this image (compressed) was taken from my iPhone 4.