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Old 04-23-2012, 11:02 AM   #1
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migrate tablet pc from android to linux?


Hi, I am planning to buy an android tablet and then install a linux OS. This is so that I can use mono and wine for a particular win app.
Are there likely to be h/w support issues as in some chips supported by Android not being supported by a regular linux (opensuse/ubuntu) distro?

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Old 04-23-2012, 01:07 PM   #2
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Contrary to advertising hyperbole, a Tablet 'PC' is not a PC at all. It's an embedded mobile device based on the ARM architecture. So it's more like a glorified mobile phone than a PC.
What you're contemplating is not going to be as easy as running an install cd and will probably require you to build from source for ARM.
I don't recommend this for anyone new to Linux. I know I don't know enough to try this myself as a mistake could easily result in a very expensive brick!
If you do decide to do it anyway, try to get a cheaper 2nd hand Tablet to start with rather than risking a new (and expensive) Tablet.
 
Old 04-23-2012, 03:18 PM   #3
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glue's explanation is as good as any.

If you have some model selected and it also has some exact posts on how to install some version of linux then you may have a chance to get this working Otherwise as glue states.

A cheap laptop would be a better choice and similar cost and way less work. I'd even spring for a touch screen model or convertible before I'd attempt a compile of every app and the OS.
 
Old 04-23-2012, 11:58 PM   #4
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Aside from the immediate challenge of getting another OS running on the tablet than what it originally shipped with. Wine is not going to be easily possible, since these Windows applications and Wine itself are meant to run on x86 architecture, not ARM like most tablets have. I'm not going to say it is impossible, because it has been done, you need to have an emulator like qemu. Now an ARM system emulating x86 in software is going to be extremely slow even on the fastest ARM processors.

If this sounds like something you can handle, then by all means go for it, but I wouldn't recommend it.
 
Old 04-24-2012, 02:27 AM   #5
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Android tablet pc is android OS

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Originally Posted by qlue View Post
Contrary to advertising hyperbole, a Tablet 'PC' is not a PC at all. It's an embedded mobile device based on the ARM architecture. So it's more like a glorified mobile phone than a PC.
What you're contemplating is not going to be as easy as running an install cd and will probably require you to build from source for ARM.
I don't recommend this for anyone new to Linux. I know I don't know enough to try this myself as a mistake could easily result in a very expensive brick!
If you do decide to do it anyway, try to get a cheaper 2nd hand Tablet to start with rather than risking a new (and expensive) Tablet.
Yes,I think android tablet pc is android OS,and it's very fashionable now.U can use linux on your PC.
 
Old 04-26-2012, 07:50 AM   #6
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hi, thanks for the answers. I can see this could be troublesome and will keep it a backup option.
On another note there is a debian kit which is interesting (http://sven-ola.dyndns.org/repo/debian-kit-en.html) and ubuntu runs side-by-side (http://androlinux.com/android-ubuntu...tu-on-android/). This is just for anyone who may search.

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You can sure try by golly.
 
Old 04-27-2012, 04:01 AM   #8
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On another note there is a debian kit which is interesting (http://sven-ola.dyndns.org/repo/debian-kit-en.html) and ubuntu runs side-by-side (http://androlinux.com/android-ubuntu...tu-on-android/). This is just for anyone who may search.
To pull off what you want with those, you'll be running Android, running a chroot of ARM Debian/Ubuntu, running qemu, running a chroot of x86 Debian/Ubuntu, running wine, running your application. If you could get anything running at a reasonable pace I'd be shocked.
 
Old 05-03-2012, 10:06 PM   #9
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hi, thanks for the answers. I can see this could be troublesome and will keep it a backup option.
On another note there is a debian kit which is interesting (http://sven-ola.dyndns.org/repo/debian-kit-en.html) and ubuntu runs side-by-side (http://androlinux.com/android-ubuntu...tu-on-android/). This is just for anyone who may search.

tks,
nandy
This is Veeeerrrry Iiiiinnnterestinggggg!
While I would prefer a linux/x-window system solo rather than with Android, this looks like a good 'starter'.
Will look into it in detail once I get home!
 
Old 05-24-2012, 04:36 AM   #10
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It is said that Linux is steady, i also want to install it on my google android tablet

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Contrary to advertising hyperbole, a Tablet 'PC' is not a PC at all. It's an embedded mobile device based on the ARM architecture. So it's more like a glorified mobile phone than a PC.
What you're contemplating is not going to be as easy as running an install cd and will probably require you to build from source for ARM.
I don't recommend this for anyone new to Linux. I know I don't know enough to try this myself as a mistake could easily result in a very expensive brick!
If you do decide to do it anyway, try to get a cheaper 2nd hand Tablet to start with rather than risking a new (and expensive) Tablet.
It is said that Linux is steady, i also want to install it on my google android tablet.
 
  


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