Due to all of the news around our Lapdock Kit, I was recently reminded of this Linux Journal article I wrote almost ten years ago (wow...) about my desire for what we now call convergence--using your phone as your main general-purpose personal computer.

Back then the best I could find was docking a Droid 4 on an Atrix lapdock, and running local Linux apps in a chroot over VNC.

How far we've come!


Of course this pull quote shows that some things haven't changed:

"I'll be honest, I don't really like Android. I want a true Linux distribution in my pocket, not a phone OS where you need a special app to do anything. All of the pre-installed junkware you get from your carrier reminds me of Windows desktops. I don't like that you have to sneak around and root the device to use it truly how you want (and to get a halfway usable terminal)." 1/2

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"I don't like how fragmented Android is and how beholden you are to your carrier to get OS upgrades on your device. I also don't like that all of my favorite Linux apps can't be ported over easily. " 2/2

@kyle which doesn't make any sense considering its Linux under android. Linux should have been first party to begin with for apps.

@quilnux @kyle Except that Google takes out the GNU bit from Android. Now, if you want to use Android apps and also GNU Linux desktop softwares, ChromeOS is your only choice.

@fat8893 @kyle Yeah it really does. Google is shit to begin with. But they could have chosen to make something great from GNU but they didn't. Its sad.

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