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Just as the title says. In order to install another ARM based Operating System or to dual boot your phone, do you have to have root access?

I'm currently using a Motorola Atrix, not sure if that matters or not.

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Are you looking to install it directly to the hardware? I haven't actually seen anyone do this yet, though it's possible it may be out there somewhere. Usually it's just a chroot environment alongside Android that either 1) Replaces the webtop distro with a full-blown install (for the Atrix) or 2) Runs with a VNC server up so that you can connect to it from the Android userspace via a VNC client. –  eldarerathis Apr 14 '11 at 14:36
    
+1 I didn't know much about the process overall, but interesting that there is a webtop replacement distro. That'd be slick for the Atrix which is what I'm running. I'll check that out! Do you have any info on the webtop replacement? –  Mat Nadrofsky Apr 14 '11 at 19:14
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I'm not incredibly familiar with it as I don't own an Atrix. There's a thread on XDA about it, though, and (if nothing else) it's a pretty interesting read. Seems like it's a pretty well-functioning install all things considered. –  eldarerathis Apr 14 '11 at 19:22

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Yes. See this method or this one, for example.

As per eldarerathis' comment, these are both for running Ubuntu in a chroot environment.

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What about LXC? Does LXC require root, too? –  imz -- Ivan Zakharyaschev Apr 17 '13 at 0:33

In theory, probably, no -- https://groups.google.com/d/msg/proot_me/h3rDV8na9kc/4mSCyOsX28UJ!

With the help of proot, which would simulate chroot (otherwise requiring being root).

https://sites.google.com/site/taldewandroid/ is a working implementation of this idea for the OpnWRT distro (not yet Ubuntu though).

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