LINUX on Android
It would be nice to have a native Linux to install onto our nice fancy tablets other than Android. Sadly this isn’t possible (well it is, Bodhi Linux in particular is doing a lot of work for ARM devices), but we do have another option. We can download a Linux image to our SD memory, and VNC into it.
The whole task of getting a working image, and setting up your Android device can be made pretty simple with the use of third party apps. For some time there has been a HD2 specific app just for this. The app we will use is called Complete Linux Installer and is available free from the Play Store. CLI covers everything from a selection of images to download (you can use images found from other sources), to instructing you on additional software that is needed.
Complete Linux Installer
As you can see then installer takes simple steps to get your Linux image up and running.
Ubuntu on an N7
The real question is why. To be honest, mostly it’s just because you can, but there may be an app or service that you cant find on Android that you want to have available.
At this years Ubuntu developer summit, starting on 29th October, Ubuntu were showing off Ubuntu running native on the Nexus 7. They released their resources including full source code on Saturday the 27th. This should hopefully open the doors for custom Linux ditros designed purely for tablet use. A lot of work still needs done regarding the default UI.
Grumpy old Scot with a taste in gadgets and technology that my pocket can’t match which always leads to everything I own being modded into oblivion as I try and make an 8086 run like a super-computer. I also make up my own words, and refuse to follow any spelling conventions.
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