How to setup an Android ROM cooking kitchen!

In this tutorial we will discuss how to setup some of the basic elements of a ROM kitchen. This tutorial is aimed at Windows users (let's face it, most folks are) and helping them navigate setting up Oracle virtualbox and installing Ubuntu. If all of that didn't quite make sense, no worries, you should be able to pick it up as we go through the tutorial. But first! A few pre-requisites...

  1. You need a halfway decent PC... Here are my recommended minimum specs (which pretty much any PC purchased within the last 2 years should meet).
    • Dual-Core 2 Ghz Processor
    • 4 Gb of RAM (you can get by with less but I don't recommend it)
    • 50 GB of free hard drive space
    • Windows XP w/ Service Pack 3 (highly recommend Windows 7 and highly discourage Windows Vista)
  2. You need to download a few things...
    1. Get Oracle Virtualbox from here (you want "VirtualBox X.X.X for Windows host: x86/amd64"): Oracle Virtual Box Downloads Page
    2. Get the Linux Mint 14: Cinammon 32-bit install ISO from here (pick your closest download server): Linux Mint Download Page
      • Linux Mint is free and is built on Ubuntu, another free and very popular linux distribution. Mint is a bit "cleaner" than Ubuntu.
      • Mint is a pretty good size download, if you are working on this small project past 9:00 pm, now is a good time to go make yourself some coffee...
      • Once it is finished downloading you should have something along the lines of: "linuxmint-14.1-cinnamon-dvd-32bit.iso"
  3. Okay... you have the virtualbox installer, you have your Linux Mint iso.... and you have a cup of coffee. It is time to set everything up! For this part of the tutorial I have made a video so watch and follow along!

You may want to bump tutorial videos up to full-screen as I record them on a 1600x1200 monitor and text can be a bit fuzzy unless you are doing full-screen viewing.

Next Tutorial: Get the OTHER Necessary Tools!