How to Install Linux on a Micro SD & Run on Blackberry

Updated February 21, 2017

The BlackBerry smartphone is so smart that you can install any operating system on it fairly easily. One way to do this is to install the operating system of your choice, for example, Linux, onto a Micro SD card and then use the card to install the data onto your BlackBerry. You will need the help of a program that will allow you to create a bootable drive for your SD card, such as UNetbootin.

Download a program such as UNetbootin or Pendrivelinux, that will allow you to create a bootable live USB drive for Linux.

Run the program you've downloaded by double-clicking on the desktop icon.

Select "Linux" as the ISO file or distribution that you want to download.

Select your Micro SD card as your target drive.

Select the "Chmod +x./unetbootin-linux" command, or go to "Properties" and "Permissions" and check the "Execute" box to start the application.

Click "Start" and "Restart" to reboot your computer.

Enter a password and select Linux for "Distribution" and USB Drive for "Target."

Click "Start" and "Restart" to reboot your computer.

Select "F1" while your computer is starting up to launch the BIOS menu.

Select "USB Drive" as the start-up target.

Double-click on the device in the system tray, located in the bottom right corner of your computer screen.

Select "Safely Remove Hardware."

Push on the Micro SD card and remove it from your PC.

Insert the Micro SD card into your BlackBerry.

Go to your BlackBerry and select the "Media" icon.

Click "Options" and select the Linux operating system saved on your Micro SD card.


Ensure you have enough memory on your Micro SD card and your BlackBerry for the Linux OS.

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Krista Martin has been writing professionally since 2005. She has written for magazines, newspapers and websites including Live Listings, "Homes & Living" magazine and the "Metro Newspaper." Martin holds an honors Bachelor of Arts in English from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Master of Journalism from the University of Westminster.