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Is it possible to install Ubuntu on my Ainol Novo7 Venus?

I don't want any tablet-version of ubuntu, because I like ubuntu how it is and think there is no need for a tablet-version (I know there is no tablet-version, but many questions after it).

So I want to install full desktop-ubuntu 12.10 with unity and everything, but I want a dual-boot with my existing android installation. Is that possible? If so, how? Is 16gb enough for ubuntu or should I buy an extra sd-card for it?

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I don't seriously know a way to install Android alongside Ubuntu dual-booted. It requires a complete change to the bootloader and is difficult to manipulate.

However I think you can install Ubuntu (if you want to wipe out Android by downloading an ARM image at cdimage.ubuntu.com. See http://www.ubuntu.com/download/arm

  1. Download the images at http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/12.04.1
  2. Place the SD card at your host computer.
  3. Make sure the SD card is not mounted (just umount it if needed)
  4. Identify the correct raw device name (like /dev/sde - not /dev/sde1) Run the following command to write it: (replacing omap4 and sde with the right values i.e. just omap for a beagle image.)

    zcat ./ubuntu-12.04-preinstalled-desktop-armhf+omap4.img.gz |sudo dd bs=4M of=/dev/sde ; sudo sync
    

Warning /!\ Some people have reported issues with this method. If this doesn't work, try the following commands: 2. gunzip ubuntu-12.04-preinstalled-desktop-armhf+omap4.img.gz 3. sudo dd bs=4M if=ubuntu-12.04-preinstalled-desktop-armhf+omap4.img of=/dev/sde 4. sudo sync

16GB SD card should be enough to install. However as you install more and more apps and files it may not be enough. 32GB or 64GB is a good option.

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