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Samsung wants to bring the full power of desktop Linux to its smartphones.
The mobile giant has this week announced the ‘Linux on Galaxy’ project that, it says, will give smartphones the capability to “run Linux-based distributions on mobile devices”.
So if you dream of using the smartphone in your pocket as a desktop Linux PC, you’ll be pleased to know that Samsung clearly shares it.
The ‘Linux on Galaxy’ Project
Linux on Galaxy will, based on the information currently available, be distributed as an app. It will be able to run multiple operating systems (likely including Ubuntu).
“Linux on Galaxy [enables] developers to work with their preferred Linux-based distributions on their mobile devices. Whenever they need to use a function that is not available on the smartphone OS, users can simply switch to the app and run any program they need to in a Linux OS environment,” Samsung explains a press release.
Linux distros run on the exact same Linux kernel that Android uses. With no virtualisation or emulation involved performance (theoretically) should be excellent.
But the true power will be unlocked when used with the Samsung DeX desktop dock accessory. This allows compatible phones to connect to an external display, a mouse and keyboard, and other peripherals.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 phone already allows users to use Android apps on a larger screen with a “desktop” style Android UI when docked with the DeX.
But while Android is great as a smartphone (and tablet) OS it’s not so hot as a desktop one.
Samsung says its users want “the convenience of their mobile device but also sometimes need the tried-and-true desktop computing environment, especially when it comes to interacting with productivity tools and entertainment contents that are best viewed on a larger monitor”.
And what better fit than desktop Linux.
Na Samsung Galaxy mobitele dolazi Linux izgleda kao neka vrsta aplikacije, ali sa mogućnošću dockinga, po ovome ispada da to nije dual boot. Microsoft je ukinuo Windows Phone tako da Continuum je očito stvar prošlosti, vidjeti ćemo što će Samsung napraviti sa ovim ali ne znam koliko bi prosječan korisnik Androida uopće upotrebljavao Linux preko mobitela i docka i koja će biti ograničenja sustava u usporedbi sa pravim Linuxom. Za stalnu upotrebu računala u pokretu nekakav ultrabook je ipak nenadmašan, nemaš svuda monitor, tipkovnicu i miša pri ruci, a i moraš nositi dock sa sobom, pod uvjetom da se sa ovim uopće dobiva puni kapacitet Linuxa.