Con­vert your An­droid de­vice into a com­plete Linux desk­top com­puter

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Here's a project that can be a com­plete delight for open source lovers. Zac Pow­ell has de­vel­oped a Com­plete Linux In­staller App, which al­lows users to in­stall Linux on their An­droid de­vices along­side the An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem. The project has been launched as a new Indiegogo cam­paign to turn your An­droid de­vice into a full Linux desk­top com­puter.

In its cur­rent form, the app al­lows users to in­stall some of the pop­u­lar dis­tri­bu­tions in­clud­ing Ubuntu, De­bian and Fe­dora on An­droid de­vices. Af­ter that, you can boot Linux as an app. Once your favourite open source desk­top is booted, you can con­nect to the desk­top via VNC. You can also do that by switch­ing away from the Linux win­dow and start­ing a VNC An­droid app. But in or­der to do all this, the An­droid de­vice needs to be rooted.

This project aims to im­prove the con­ver­gence be­tween a mo­bile de­vice and a desk­top by pro­vid­ing a bet­ter Com­plete Linux In­staller to work with a Linux desk­top over HDMI or on the de­vice’s screen. That's not all. Users can ac­cess the stor­age of both op­er­at­ing sys­tems. The app also of­fers some other in­te­gra­tion fea­tures in­clud­ing the abil­ity to play au­dio from Linux via the de­vice’s speak­ers. Users can also view the An­droid no­ti­fi­ca­tions from within Linux. Zac is also work­ing to en­able send­ing emails and text mes­sages from within Linux via ac­counts set up in An­droid.

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