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Linux desktop on Android

Unread post by Vasant » Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:15 am

Hi,

We have a new release of VolksPC OS based on Debian Buster XFCE. This release is completely portable and
can run on any rooted Android device. It behaves more like an Android application.
Here is a clip of VolksPC OS running on ODROID-N2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbVtqfnRhwI&t=13s

And also on ODROID-C2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNzru9WAoYg&t=17s

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Unread post by Truly » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:49 am

Very interesting and now I'm thinking what can I use this for?

Got a rooted Google Nexus laying around with Linage OS 9, so I can use it to try this out.

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Unread post by Vasant » Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:21 am

Sorry maybe my post was not very clear. It is portable but the Installer app still needs driver matched for the target platform. In other words there is not one solution that will cover every platform. In the Linux world drivers have to be matched to kernel versions.

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Unread post by meveric » Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:21 pm

as long as it doesn't have desktop hardware gpu acceleration it's a nice gimmick but not so useful in my opinion.
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Re: Linux desktop on Android

Unread post by Sav » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:15 pm

meveric wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:21 pm
as long as it doesn't have desktop hardware gpu acceleration it's a nice gimmick but not so useful in my opinion.
I agree. The real step forward for the N2 must be a truly usable (and hardware accelerated) desktop OS.

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Unread post by kardanadm » Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:57 pm

I would love to try, but you only have the option to purchase. is not an experienced user and would love to know what I'm getting.

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Unread post by rooted » Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:02 pm

meveric wrote:as long as it doesn't have desktop hardware gpu acceleration it's a nice gimmick but not so useful in my opinion.
It's still useful to run Linux services and such, nothing that can't already be done by other methods of course.

Hardware acceleration would make a huge difference in useabilty I agree.

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Re: Linux desktop on Android

Unread post by mad_ady » Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:07 pm

Let's not forget that native linux on N2 doesn't have hardware acceleration yet, so, apart from maybe a few kernel differences, this hybrid approach should be as good as native linux for desktop. Also, the N2 is a beast and can play 1080p video in a browser without acceleration (I think).
One thing that might make integration better would be having xdg-open or the browser fire android intents - e.g. clicking on a youtube link could start and switch to the android youtube app.

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Re: Linux desktop on Android

Unread post by everlasting » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:31 am

mad_ady wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:07 pm
Also, the N2 is a beast and can play 1080p video in a browser without acceleration (I think).
it can play it and no dropped frames, but if you take the same video from youtube and play in in coreelec/android theres a big difference.
the browser experience is inferior

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Re: Linux desktop on Android

Unread post by meveric » Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:06 pm

mad_ady wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:07 pm
Let's not forget that native linux on N2 doesn't have hardware acceleration yet....
Well you can run hardware accelerated OpenGL Desktop applications to a certain degree, just not OpenGL ES Desktop applications :D
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