As many of you may know, I run Linux on my desktop computer and don’t have easy access to a Windows desktop that I can modify. So, when the time came to root my Kindle Fire at the beginning of this year, I had a bit of trouble. The Fire has been notorious for having problems with adb on Windows, and Linux was even worse. Eventually, I managed to get my computer to recognize the Fire so that I could root it, but it took quite a bit of work.
Thanks to the work of a concerned user from XDA, the process of setting up adb for the Kindle Fire on Linux (specifically Ubuntu) has just gotten quite a bit easier. A simple script posted on the forum will completely set up adb and fastboot with one run and automatically configures the utilities to interface with the Fire. Once it finishes running, users will be able to run both adb and fastboot commands directly from the standard Ubuntu terminal.
The usefulness of this script is probably relegated to, at best, a niche market, but I decided to write it up simply because setting up adb for the Fire on Linux was a particularly annoying process for me. In addition, anyone with a Kindle Fire who needs to get adb working could easily make a live USB disk with Ubuntu and simply run the script instead of setting up Windows drivers. Finally, the script could be easily modified to add other devices to the mix, making it a useful utility for Android and Linux users.