Samsung DeX: Convergence & Traditional Linux Distributions On Galaxy Smartphones

Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 19 October 2017 at 09:21 AM EDT. 41 Comments
While Samsung Galaxy smartphones may not be as open or free spirited as the proposed Librem 5 smartphone, there is a new alternative for those wanting to run a traditional Linux distribution on their Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Samsung has announced through their DeX smartphone that they will begin supporting traditional GNU/Linux operating systems on Galaxy devices, complementing Android.

From their "Linux on Galaxy" application will be the ability to run Linux distributions on their smartphone while leveraging the phone's stock kernel.

They are even going with convergence, "Samsung DeX’ s user experience is also applicable to developers. Although it’s in trial phase, Linux on Galaxy is our innovative solution to bring the Linux experience on PC to mobile, and then further onto a larger display with Samsung DeX. Now developers can code using their mobile on-the-go and seamlessly continue the task on a larger display with Samsung DeX."

Samsung even talks of Vulkan-powered convergence gaming with Galaxy smartphones.

As a Galaxy smartphone user, I can't wait to try this out. All of the details via today's Samsung Mobile announcement.
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