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19 Feb 2020

Installing Ubuntu on Galaxy Note 10 and S10+ devices

After using my Galaxy Note 4 for nearly 5 years, I finally decided to move to the super-powerful newly produced Note 10 Plus last September. As a person who loves to play with his phone settings, I rooted my Note 4 and installed almost any kind of Android OS on it. I go to a level that the bricking of it was highly likely. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that rooting android phones, in general, is not a great idea and it is great to play with your phone but play as safe as it is possible.

Having said that it would not be hard to guess, I started to investigate my new powerful machine just in a moment I turned it on. For those who do not know how powerful is the Galaxy Note 10+? I suggest to go and read this review. However, I gave a super brief introduction in order not to waste your time with a detailed review. Galaxy Note 10+ is one of the most powerful, and one of the most expensive smartphones exits in the market at the moment (I financed the phone for two years so I am safe). International models of the Note 10 utilize the Exynos 9825 system-on-chip, while the U.S.South American (Except Brazil) and Chinese models which I am using right now, utilize the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. All models are sold with 256 GB of internal Universal Flash Storage 3.0,[6] with the Note 10+ & Note 10+ 5G also being sold in a 512 GB model and offering expandable storage via a microSD card. Model Note 10+ comes with 12 GB of ram while Not featured with 8 GB. Adding to this the special feature of these devices which gives you another extra desktop interface using Samsung Dex is enough to know I almost have a computer with my pocket. So why shouldn’t I try to make it a real one for myself?

For those who do not know what the Samsung Dex they can go here and read more about it. For now, it is enough to know that it provides Samsung Note 8,9,10 and 10+ as well as S8, S9, and S10. So I started to find out how can I make it something more than a simple smartphone myself without rooting it. My first choice was Linux on Dex. It is an android app that let you install ubuntu on your phone and have access to it using Dex. unfortunately, the project halted as February 2020. Moreover, it is not supporting android 10 which my machine currently using it. The second and as I found out almost the safest and best way of doing this is by using an app that emulates the Linux terminal on your phone. I found the termux the best for this purpose.

Based on the level you want to use Linux on your phone, as well as the OS you want to install on it, termux gives you a variety of choices. This is something that I should talk in more detail in a series of posts. For know with a high degree of confidentiality be sure that after knowing tremux, and how to use it for installing a Linux OS, you may not going to need any personal computer or laptop anymore.



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