Free Your Nexus 7 - Make It Run Ubuntu!

This time on the show, installing Ubuntu on the Nexus 7. Plus, EtherApe, Backbox and Matriux. All that and more, this time on Hak5!

How to Install Ubuntu on a Nexus 7

What you need: Nexus 7, micro USB cable, Ubuntu Nexus 7 Desktop Installer on your PC, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or later. First, download Nexus 7 installer on your Ubuntu machine. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-nexus7/ubuntu-nexus7-installer sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install ubuntu-nexus7-installer Now unlock your Nexus 7: Reboot into the Android boot loader. Power down, then hold the volume down button and press the power button. Continue holding these until you see the boot loader UI.Plug in the device to your laptop with your micro-usb cable. The device now displays the boot loader GUI. Verify it is seen with this command: * $ sudo fastboot devices. Unlock the bootloader: sudo fastboot oem unlock. Then reboot: sudo fastboot reboot-bootloader. Should see LOCKSTATE UNLOCKED. Now install Ubuntu 13.04 (developer preview). Search for Nexus from the Dash. Follow on screen instructions. Flashing takes 2 minutes, rebooting takes 10-15 minutes. Feedback

Nick says: In Backtrack. Go to System Tools > EtherApe and have fun!

Jonathan asks: I live in the suburbs of Los Angeles and for many years I have only had access to a few internet service providers with high prices and limited speeds. Sometime speeds are up to 8Mbps download and 1Mbps upload, but I rarely see that. Sometimes my slow internet connection makes it impossible for me to get what I need done. I use linux desktops/servers and an apple laptop on a daily basis and I have read many ways to optimize my internet connection, but many simply say to just run anti-virus. I've looked into projects like squidproxy, but they seem to have little to no effect on performance. How would you make the most of your internet connection and what tools and techniques would you recommend using?

"init 0 says: Thanks for the excellent review of Backbox. I've used the cozy little distro and have to say that it's impressive. I'm currently remixing it with the Cinnamon desktop and it's turning out to be very promising. The main issue that I have with Pentoo is it's long refresh cycle. The last major release was in 2009. It was a great distro then and I can hardly wait to see what the latest iteration will hold. One distro that you may want to take for a test drive is Matriux. This French distro is a great middle ground between Backtrack and Backbox. It's more suitable than Backtrack as a day-to-day OS and is more robust than Backbox. Still, no matter how far I roam, I always find myself coming home to good old BackTrack. Thanks for all that you and Darren do for the community."