Samsung ‘Linux on DeX’ Enters Beta, Here’s How to Take Part - Note 9 and Tab S4 Owners Can Run a Full...

Posted on: Sat, 2018-11-10 - 11:07 By: admin

Samsung ‘Linux on DeX’ Enters Beta, Here’s How to Take Part - Note 9 and Tab S4 Owners Can Run a Full Ubuntu Desktop

Linux on DeX allows users to run a full Ubuntu desktop on select Samsung devices, with the ability to install and run traditional Linux apps, IDEs and command line utilities (where compiled for 64-bit ARM) too.

How? Containers.

The “Linux on DeX” app is an Android app that allows a secure container to be created inside of it, within which an Ubuntu image can be added. Ubuntu still runs on top of Android kernel and inside the Android user-space.

It’s all a bit like Crouton on Chromebooks, a method which lets regular Linux run alongside Chrome OS at the same time, sharing the same kernel.

The hybrid approach allows some neat integrations to take place. For instance, Linux can read/write to folders and files on Android (so you can tweak a selfie in GIMP, for instance) and both Android and Ubuntu share a clipboard. It also means you can use the phone’s touchscreen as a mouse.

See https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/11/linux-on-dex-ubuntu


Samsung 'Linux on DeX' Enters Beta, Here's How to Take Part - OMG! Ubuntu!
Do you dream of being able to use an Android phone as a Linux PC when connected to a big screen and full-size keyboard? If so, you’re gonna love Samsung. The South Korean tech giant has launched its “Linux on DeX” app in beta, and is inviting early adopters to register to help test it […]