How to turn your Oneplus 2 into a Linux mobile with Ubuntu Touch (easy)

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UBports Foundation, the German charitable foundation behind this project, continues to improve the experience and make it easy for users who wish to install this mobile operating system on their Android devices. Proof of this is the new UBports Installer for Ubuntu Touch they have released. Specifically, it will be easier for those who have a OnePlus 2, being able to transform this terminal into a Linux mobile easily.

You already know that Ubuntu Touch was a very promising mobile operating system, and with which that convergence that everyone was talking about could have arrived and that finally seems to have fallen into oblivion. Unfortunately, Canonical discontinued this project years ago, but this foundation has embraced it and kept it alive, as well as making the iOS or Android migration much easier.

Now there is a new UBports Installer or Ubuntu Touch Installer you can install the operating system in any supported device with minimal effort, without having to go around installing new ROMs by hand and risking if something goes wrong during the process and that it becomes useless because you do not know very well how to act.

This step can be done comfortably from your Windows PC, macOS or from GNU / Linux. You don't even need a specific system as it works fine on these platforms.

UBports Installer

Since the UBports Installer 0.7.4-beta version that was released a few months ago, there have been major changes and improvements. One of the most prominent is to include the OnePlus 2 smartphones between the supported list. Therefore, if you have one of these models and want to give it a second life with Linux, you can follow these steps to install Ubuntu Touch on it easily.

The first is download the latest stable version available, which is 0.8.7 at the time of writing this article. To download the latest version out there, simply follow these steps:

  1. Access this address on the official website.
  2. Low and click on the package button you want to download from the UBports Installer, either for Windows, macOS or for your Linux distro. In the case of Linux, you have DEB, Snap, or Universal AppImage packages, whichever you prefer.
  3. Once you download the package, you can install this package as you would with any other package of those characteristics. For instance:
    • You can open the DEB with Gdebi to install it graphically or use the package manager from the command line.
    • For the AppImage, give it execute permissions and double click on it.

Once it is installed on your distro, the next thing to do is follow these other steps:

  1. Run UBports Installer.
  2. Now, connect your OnePlus 2 (off) to your PC via the cable USB.
  3. In the UBports Installer, tap Select Device Manually.
  4. In the new window that appears, select your mobile on which you intend to install Ubuntu Touch and which you have just connected, in this case OnePlus 2.
  5. press Select.
  6. Now, on the next screen, you can leave the data as is or change the channel, that is, the OTA which you are going to install or version. For example, the OTA-15 or any newer version if you prefer.
  7. Once you finish making the changes you want, press install to install the system.
  8. It sends you a warning message, you have to Continue to continue.
  9. It will ask you for the password administrator of your system that you have to enter to continue.
  10. press OK to follow.
  11. Now, press the power button a few seconds until you see a Start screen.
  12. You will see that a message appears on your PC screen that you must to accept.
  13. If everything has gone well, you will see how different screens appear on your OnePlus 2 and in UBports Installer. You don't have to do anything, just wait.
  14. Then your OnePlus 2 restarts and the loading screen of Ubuntu Touch.
  15. It's ready!

Now you just have to enjoy your Ubuntu Touch on your terminal ...

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  1.   Enric said

    Hello, I have performed the installation as detailed above on a One Plus 2 smartphone from a laptop with Arch Linux and the installation has been very easy and extremely fast.

    Thanks for the article