Run GNU/Linux on Android phone | Tutorial


Run GNU/Linux on Android phone

Ever thought that you can run GNU/Linux on android phone?
Actually you can. And the best part is, it’s not that difficult.
But there are couple of requirements you need to secure first in order to
achieve this. PLEASE NOTE, REALLY IMPORTANT – in order for this process to work, you phone must be rooted.
If your phone is not rooted and you want to root it, it can void warranty on your phone. Be careful with this
and do it on your own risk.

Requirements

Requirements for this process:
1. Phone with root access
2. App – Linux Deploy(free from the play store)
3. App – SuperSu
4. App – BusyBox or Termux(to run console commands, free from the play store)
5. VNC Viewer

 

Bellow you have a video tutorial as well:

 

Procedure

Installing GNU/Linux

Like mentioned before, for this procedure, your phone needs to have root access. When your root your phone, obtain and install supersu app so that you can give root permission to other apps. After you rooted your phone, install Linux deploy, VNC Viewer andBusybox. They are all free from the play store. When you installed them all, start the Linux deploy app.

run linux on android phone

Click on the bottom right corner to open the configuration menu.

run linux on android phone

Here in the configuration menu you need to setup the Linux distribution you want to install.

run linux on android phone

Choose linux distro and version, desktop environment, set the password for the user account and enable GUI.

run linux on android phone

run linux on android phone

run linux on android phone

run linux on android phone

run linux on android phone

Our setup for this example is Ubuntu distribution 16.04 Xenial with LXDE desktop environment.

run linux on android phone

When you finish setting up the linux distro, next step is to start the installation. Go to the top right corner and run the installation.

run linux on android phone

Installation will take a while to finish. You will it’s finished once you see the deploy output on the bottom of the app, that means the installation is finished.

Starting Linux distro

run linux on android phone

Next, start the VNC Viewer. Click on the plus button on the bottom right corner and add a new connection,

run linux on android phone

For the address enter localhost:5900. For the name, enter what you want.

run linux on android phone

Click on the connect button.

run linux on android phone

When the connection is established, you’ll be prompted to enter the password. Enter the password you configure in Linux deploy.

run linux on android phone

You need to have desktop visible on your screen. You will get something like this on your screen(depending on the distribution and desktop you installed)

I hope you found the post interesting. Thank you for your time.


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