Installing Software

Installing Software

Since the Mixtile Edge2 Android system is an open source operating system, it is always seeking for a way to make it easier to install new apps and software. We’ll use the Ubuntu system installation on the Android-based Mixtile Edge 2 as an example. The following describes the step-by-step method of installing Ubuntu on Edge 2.

Step 1: Preparing the environment

  • The user may need to set up a computer that runs Ubuntu or any other alternate Linux system.
  • If required, you may alter the system’s DNS by editing the /etc/resolv.conf file.
  • The Ubuntu image used in Android is the official version and it only contains SSH tools.

Optional: If you want additional tools, you must manually install them. The following is an example of vim installation:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install vim -y

Step 2: Login to Android system

  • Use the following command to install the adb tool on your computer:

    sudo apt install android-tools-adb
  • Power on the Edge 2 board via DC port input, and connect the USB-C port of the board to USB-A port of the computer via USB cable.

  • Log in to the Android system on your computer using the following command:

    adb shell

Step 3: Installing Ubuntu image on Android

  • Execute the following command on your computer to copy the Ubuntu image to the Android system:

    adb push /sdcard

Note: You need to input the correct path of the Ubuntu image where it is placed.

  • Execute the following command in Android system (via adb tool) to install the Ubuntu image to the Android system folder:

    cd /sdcard
    naos_cli install
  • Boot the installed Ubuntu system by executing the following command in Android system (via adb tools):

    naos_cli start com.hubware.ubuntu
    naos_cli list

If you can see the information in the screenshot below, the Ubuntu system in Android is running successfully.


Step 4: Test the SSH login

  • Check the IP address of Edge 2 board by executing the following command in Android system (via adb tool):

    ifconfig eth0
  • Log in to Ubuntu running on Android Using SSH on your computer

    ssh <root@x.x.x.x>

Note: x.x.x.x represents the IP address of the Edge 2 board, and the login password is root.