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Samsung Galaxy Nexus has received Linux-on-Android Project support. Linux-on-Android lets users to install several Linux distros on their supported device, according to a post on the XDA Developers' forum.

Linux-on-Android uses the chroot method in order to bring Linux distros to the device. The chroot acts as a virtual machine on the device. Using the chroot method, users will have the ability to run Linux without having to overwrite anything or without causing any damage to the device.

"This method of running linux distros with android has been around for some time. I have worked on my scripts to make the process more user friendly and give you far more options from the word go," claims recognised developer known as zacthespack on the XDA Developer's forum.

"This project aims to bring a range of linux distros to your android device through a method known as 'chroot', see it has running a linux distro within a virtual machine on your phone," adds zacthespack.

The scripts reportedly start by mounting the Ubuntu image file within the Android file system and then mount the SD card.

Once the distro is running on the device, users can run and install any Linux software.

Some of the Linux distros users may choose from include the following:

  • Ubuntu 12.04 v4 Core (just the basic install of Ubuntu without GUI and about 200MB to download 750MB once extracted)
  • Ubuntu 12.0.4 v4 Small (Includes the LXDE desktop about 400MB to download and 2GB once extracted and gives about 1GB of free space. It includes normal programs like Firefox)
  • Ubuntu 12.04 v4 Full (Measures 1.3GB to download, 3.5GB once extracted with about 1.5GB free space)
  • Backtrack V10 Image
  • Debian Core v4
  • Debian Small v4
  • Debian Large v4

You can download the above files from here.