Linux on Dex from Samsung is one of the most well-received initiatives around, bringing full-fledged Linux on the company’s desktop environment. The first devices to get the feature from Samsung were the Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy Tab S4, now, the Korean company has been reported to expand the feature to more devices.
Although the company’s latest revamped Galaxy A series along with Galaxy S8 series and Note 8 are left out of the Linux on Dex train, for how many devices are included, it makes for a pretty big expansion. Samsung has done a great job of bringing Linux on Dex in the first place, especially considering Huawei does not have Linux via its desktop mode.
The first Linux for Dex beta was launched in November 2018 by Samsung, bringing Ubuntu 16.04 for users at that time. The beta required at least 4GB of RAM and 8GB of free storage. Moreover, in order for Linux to work on Samsung devices, the programmes need to be built for the Arm 64-bit architecture.
Nevertheless, it makes for an interesting feat as it allows developers, administrators, and other technical types to have full-fledged Linux in their pockets. With Snapdragon chips available on Windows machine, it seems Arm is coming on its own as a viable desktop computing base for most consumers. Hopefully, Arm’s venture into building popular apps, such as Chrome, means users can expect more compatible apps on Samsung’s platform.
Users who want to try the new can check out the Play Store beta testing link here.
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