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Old 08-01-2017, 09:16 PM   #1
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Linux on Galaxy S8


Is it possible to run Linux on an Android device (Samsung Galaxy S8)
 
Old 08-01-2017, 09:30 PM   #2
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It's possible but getting all functionality working might be difficult.

I guess it mostly depends on how motivated you are. I looked into this a while back but didn't have the time to really dive in. I might look into it again. Anyway, here are a couple links you might find interesting/helpful

https://devwithopinions.blogspot.com...n-android.html
https://wiki.debian.org/Mobile#Debian_on_mobile_devices

The first link shows how to get a chroot linux within android, while the second is an effort to replace android. I don't know your skill level, but it's a starting point

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Old 08-01-2017, 10:06 PM   #3
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The short answer is no.

The long answer is yes, you could run linux on that model. You could run Windows too or qnx.

The one site that was working on making different versions has shut down. Without a massive effort and a very detailed support from Samsung, you won't get linux running. It's not the base part of the story but all the hoops you'd need to go to in order to get past the Android part and the hardware issue.

RANT
It could be said that every Android phone is running linux. Android is a version that isn't up to date and can't be updated and contains millions of security issues.
I am very upset with the millions of people who bought Android devices and will never get updates. Maybe less than 1 percent of Android devices are current.

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Old 08-01-2017, 10:51 PM   #4
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Here is another link you might find interesting. http://whiteboard.ping.se/Android/Debian

I am not claiming to be an expert in any of these areas and am just a hobbyist so please do your own research before just taking my word for it but here are some things I have found. If anyone has any more or more accurate information, please do chime in.

As I've been looking into this more again I'm remembering some things I had read the first time around concerning this. For one, it is worthwhile to note that android is running a modified version of linux which is tailored to your device and is responsible for making sure all the hardware in your device works as expected. It is also worthwhile to note that linux is not an operating system, it is a kernel. I'm assuming what you're really wanting on android is gnu.

From what I remember, this might be more easily accomplished by keeping the android kernel but replacing everything else. This would be done by changing the initramfs. You can found out more about this by looking at this thread.

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Old 08-02-2017, 06:49 AM   #5
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it is running linux already!
open a terminal and enter 'uname -a'.

but i guess you want to run a real gnu/linux.

it is NOT possible to COMPLETELY replace Android.
workarounds exist, see post #2.

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Old 08-02-2017, 07:42 AM   #6
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Depending on what specifically you want to do, then the Debian noroot Android app may be suitable. It could be good enough for, say, python coding on the go or something.
 
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