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GNU/Linux user-land on top of Android
(05-11-2018, 08:12 PM)michel-slm Wrote:
(05-11-2018, 08:13 AM)nafmo Wrote:
(05-10-2018, 08:52 AM)Beiriannydd Wrote: [quote pid='155' dateline='1525724063']
Hey Faye,

The Linux partition is /dev/block/platform/mtk-msdc.0/11230000.msdc0/by-name/linux, or /dev/block/mmcblk0p29.

However, you will have to root your Android to be able to mount it (you can find information about how to root Android here:


Thanks Davide.  I followed the instructions to flash the dual boot and rooted android and then got LinuxDeploy pointed at the Debian partition. Now I just open a termux window and type linux and I am the gemini user!  I am getting a few build issues sorted out but I should be able to build the kernel soon (a number of header files don't seem to be in the correct locations or rather the Makefiles don't include the correct include path.  I have a golang dev environment working on the device right now but the brass ring is full docker support from Android (I don't know if LinuxDeploy will get in the way of that).

I definitely prefer the Linux on Android experience to the straight Linux experience on the box right now but this is my favorite unit of computing right now.

If I just want to use the command line, then having a rooted installation with just Android is enough, right? No need to use the dual-boot Android/Linux image.

Does anyone know if it's possible to root an existing installation without flashing everything? (Similar to how rooting Android phones normally work; though sometimes the initial bootloader unlock wipes the data partition for security reasons)

Yes, if you have a standard Android system, just flash the boot image on it, using flash tool in "download only" mode.
See attached screenshot, firmware is available at

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GNU/Linux user-land on top of Android - by nafmo - 03-20-2018, 08:36 AM
RE: GNU/Linux user-land on top of Android - by dguidi - 05-11-2018, 10:06 PM

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