Installation Of Non-Mobile Applications

Discussion in 'Android Tablet Discussions' started by Kernal, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. Kernal

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    Hi All,

    I'm considering replacing my current laptop with an Android tablet, but there are some applications I need to be able to run that do not (as far as I know) have Android ports available. Many of these are standard and simple installations for normal Linux systems; can I install them on a rooted android device?

    Examples include:
    LaTeX (VerbTeX a poor but acceptable substitute)
    ROOT (CERN data analysis package)
    SSH (ConnectBot works; does it include X11 forwarding (-Y option)? Sounds like it isn't, because X11 isn't present in Android.)
    Even something as common as gcc

    Alternately, it appears possible to just run a virtual Ubuntu on an Android machine.

    Any insight/advice? Am I better off just using a real computer for these tasks?

    Thanks,
    Kernal
     
  2. fuzzyTew

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    Hey,

    I found this post via google and just want to reply to help future googlers.

    Apps for e.g. ROOT do not yet exist for android. Mainstream options that I'm aware of include:
    - termux gives a native linux environment on android, no root access required. Software must be recompiled for termux or inside termux, and there is no X at this time.
    - you can run linux in a vm on android, or install linux on many devices
    - the librem 5 runs native linux. it is a phone but can connect to a larger display
    - you can also connect to another system via vnc
     

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