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Thread: Linux is available for android

  1. #1
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    Aug 2019

    Linux is available for android

    I don't know is it possible to convert android phone to linux OD

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Ubuntu Mate 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: Linux is available for android

    Android **is** Linux already. There are a few tools you can load to gain access to the command line and use it like a linux server. For better control, the Android install needs to be root'd. If your intent is to load some GUI tool, that is a completely different issue, mainly about dependencies in the libraries available, limitations for input devices. People have loaded Linux desktops into a chroot and run those under Android. I did that a long time ago on a 10 inch tablet. The keyboard mapping was a challenge, even with a working USB keyboard, some of the critical keys couldn't be mapped correctly. Running 2 full desktop OSes, like a chroot effectively does requires a strong CPU and plenty of RAM.

    Any ability to directly load a Linux desktop OS onto any Android device is extremely limited by the hardware involved. Some will work. Some will not. Some that work need hardware modifications. Some do not.

    For server stuff, most Android installs should support running Linux Containers. I've not done that, but container support has been in the kernel a very long time and isn't dependent on the CPU architecture.

    In no way can 100% of android tablets be made to accept a Linux Desktop install. Look up your specific model, see what other people hacking it have been able to accomplish. That is where I'd start. is an example of a chroot on an Amazon Fire Tablet. They never got a full install working.
    Last edited by TheFu; 4 Weeks Ago at 04:33 PM. Reason: greatly expanded.


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