November 14, 2017

“Linux on Galaxy” to Bring Linux Desktop to Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 smartphones with DeX Station

No doubt that mobile devices are very convenient; but sometimes, we need the desktop computing environment, especially when it comes to interacting with productivity tools and entertainment contents that are best viewed on a larger monitor. So, what if we can have a desktop-like experience with our smartphone? Isn’t it sounds great?

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Earlier this year, Samsung introduced ‘Samsung DeX’ which enables users to enjoy a desktop-like environment while still harnessing the power of Samsung’s cutting-edge mobile experience through the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note8.

Last month, Samsung had announced that it was working on an app known as ‘Linux on Galaxy’ that will allow users of the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 smartphones to run a full-fledged Linux operating system via the Samsung DeX platform.

Promising to bring the full Linux PC experience to your mobile device, the “Linux on Galaxy” concept relies on the Samsung DeX dock station, that allows you to plug the device to an external display, power, Ethernet, and USB devices.

“Installed as an app, ‘Linux on Galaxy’ gives smartphones the capability to run multiple operating systems, enabling developers to work with their preferred Linux-based distributions on their mobile devices,” Samsung said. “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,” the company added.

The company has now released a video showing a device being put on DeX using the “Linux on Galaxy” app to launch a Linux distro.

Watch the video below:

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As seen in the video, all you have to do is to connect your phone to DeX and double-click the “Linux on Galaxy” icon on the desktop to run a full-fledged Linux distro straight from your Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Until now, Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note8 users have been able to run Android apps in this desktop environment using DeX, but now the users will be able to convert their device into a GNU/Linux PC.

To get more information about the tool, users can sign for Samsung’s email notification service.

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