April 1, 2015

Ubuntu Phone First Configuration

Previously, I’ve written down my first thoughts about the new Ubuntu Phone. In this post I want to explain some first configuration steps:

WIFI configuration

I had the problem that I couldn’t paste my complicated password into the UI. A work around is the following:

  • Install the Terminal application from the Ubuntu store via the 3G connection. By the way: when the Terminal is started a password is asked. That is your phones lock screen PIN, which is also your root (sudo) password. Nobody tells you this, …
  • Try to connect to your WIFI. The latter creates in /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/NAME an entry with the NAME of your WIFI. Copy that file to your Mini SD-Card (/media/phablet/SOME_ID/NAME) using the terminal app.
  • Edit the configuration file on your computer and insert the WIFI password after “psk=”.
  • Copy that file back to /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections
  • Enable/Disable WIFI
  • The phone should connect.

SSH access

Surprisingly the phone comes with an openssh-server pre-installed. It just does not run. So what you do is the following:

  • Copy the authorized_keys file from another Linux machine to /home/phablet/.ssh
  • Type “service ssh start”

Now you should be able to ssh to the phone for the moment. To enable the service after each reboot automatically do the following:

  • Remove the keyword “manual” from /etc/init/ssh.override - now the server should start after reboot but doesn’t for some reason…
  • Additionally fire “setprop persist.service.ssh true”
  • Now reboot

SSH should be started automatically.



Of cause you want apt. Surprisingly this does not work from the beginning as / seems to be mounted read only. Type “mount -o remount,rw /”

Now apt-get update / upgrade / install work.

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