Linux on Galaxy: The speculation of the usage of a smartphone as a complete desktop PC when hooked up to an exterior observe is not new. The now-dead Ubuntu for telephones and capsules had ‘Convergence’ as certainly one of its major options, permitting you to run complete desktop Linux apps while you hooked up a keyboard and mouse (and show, in case your software supported that).

There have been a couple of identical ideas, however the first mainstream implementation was once Samsung DeX. If you docked a Galaxy S8 (and later, Note8), you must use Android apps on a bigger observe. Whilst nonetheless a distinct segment answer, it gained normally favorable critiques, and Samsung has persisted to shine the enjoy since then.

Samsung lately introduced ‘Linux on Galaxy,’ which is able to permit customers to run desktop Linux tool on their Galaxy telephone and DeX. It is going to be capable to “run more than one running programs,” possibly that means other distros (like Ubuntu, Debian, Arch, and so on). The signup web page says that Linux on Galaxy makes use of “the similar Linux kernel that powers the Android OS,” so there is no emulation or virtualization concerned. Possibly, this makes use of a chroot, very similar to crouton on Chrome OS and the quite a lot of root-only Linux installer apps for Android. Put merely, efficiency must be excellent.

Since there’s no emulation or virtualization, it is vitally most likely that solely Linux tool compiled for ARM will paintings with Linux on Galaxy. Whilst Linux tool is generally compiled for more than one architectures, there may be some x86-only tool, like Steam. Samsung did not point out particularly which units had been appropriate, however I believe the S8/S8+ and Note8 are integrated.

Samsung says that Linux on Galaxy remains to be in construction, however you’ll be able to join notifications of availability right here. If this works in addition to Samsung claims, it might make DeX a much more fascinating product, and much more of a desktop-replacement for some customers.


As OMG! Ubuntu! identified, Samsung has uploaded a video appearing an indication of Linux on Galaxy. It displays quite a lot of widespread Linux techniques put in on DeX, together with Firefox, Thunderbird, Terminal, Eclipse, or even GIMP: