I would love to provide a video demonstration for this post, but alas, the Galaxy Tab I have in my possession does not belong to me. And this kind of hack, while doable, does put your gadget at risk. This one’s best left to more experienced hackers, and as always, pursue at your own risk.
Instructions for getting Ubuntu (the consumer’s favorite Linux distribution) up and running can be found here. The process is based on the same hack for the Galaxy S phones and requires–as listed in the thread–root access, Busybox, Superuser.apk, Android SDK, Android VNC Viewer, Terminal Emulator, and patience.
Now, if anyone wants to provide me with a free Tab to keep, I’ll be more than happy to produce a series of videos featuring my old daily driver on the 7″ touch screen. No? Well, it was worth a shot.