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Samsung Dex concept vs Gemini dual boot (switch to Linux DE without device reboot)
#1
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Hello,

What do you think about Samsung's Dex approach?

As far as I understand Dex allows to share kernel (chroot?) between Android and Linux DE and switch it dynamically.

http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/apps/samsung-dex/
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=n...-DeX-Linux
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#2
(02-22-2018, 12:08 PM)nox Wrote: Hello,

What do you think about Samsung's Dex approach?

As far as I understand Dex allows to share kernel (chroot?) between Android and Linux DE and switch it dynamically.

http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/apps/samsung-dex/
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=n...-DeX-Linux
It's a interesting idea, but it's nothing that can't be done already on a lot of devices. Dex, I'm sure, will be accessible and mainstream.

I just don't think people will use it - if you go to the effort of plugging it in to a keyboard and screen you may as well be using a desktop computer or laptop. Which, if you need one, you have already got. Samsung talk about writing code on the go then plugging into a screen and continuing. In my experience this doesn't happen. Reading code on a smartphone is painful enough let alone writing.

However, if your smartphone had a physical keyboard..  well that may just make all the difference in the world
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#3
This is also what AnBox does: https://anbox.io/

I'd like to see AnBox on the Gemini under Linux. Perhaps we could then run the android dialler and SMS software under Linux, and other apps that are only available for android (e.g. whatsapp is the thorn in my side that prevents me dropping android).
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(02-22-2018, 12:08 PM)nox Wrote: What do you think about Samsung's Dex approach?
As far as I understand Dex allows to share kernel (chroot?) between Android and Linux DE and switch it dynamically.

I have a Note8 and a DeX station (got it for free due to pre-ordering the Note8), and I have used it once. Since you need a keyboard and mouse in addition to the docking station, it is nowhere nearly as convenient as having a proper laptop or PDA. You also need a screen, but fortunately even hotel TVs nowadays have HDMI input.

And then there's the app support, which is quite lacking. There are hacks to run regular apps full-screen, but mostly they end up as small windows on the DeX desktop.
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(02-22-2018, 05:21 PM)munchausen Wrote: This is also what AnBox does: https://anbox.io/

I'd like to see AnBox on the Gemini under Linux. Perhaps we could then run the android dialler and SMS software under Linux, and other apps that are only available for android (e.g. whatsapp is the thorn in my side that prevents me dropping android).

Doesn't AnBox do the opposite of Dex? Android in linux rather than Linux in android?

Edit: Oh I see. It does exactly the same thing. Just reversed.
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#6
Thank you all for replays!
When I'm posting topic I had "andbox oposite" approach in my mind:
Ability to switch to linux desktop from Android,
and obviously Gemeini users don't need to plug our Gemini somewhere, we already got Keyboard.
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(02-27-2018, 11:07 AM)nox Wrote: Thank you all for replays!
When I'm posting topic I had "andbox oposite" approach in my mind:
Ability to switch to linux desktop from Android,
and obviously Gemeini users don't need to plug our Gemini somewhere, we already got Keyboard.

   

Dual boot firmware, Rooted Android, LinuxDeploy and Termux.  The Linux in Android shares the linux partition with the native linux.  I am not really interested in X11 apps, only the ability to edit,build and deploy Go code.
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