Custom ROM uses Nexus 5 as a desktop Linux distro possible

Jun

10

2016

The Maru developer has released the first public release of its Custom ROM for Nexus 5 smartphone. With the firmware running on the user’s Android phone, but you will see a Linux distro when the phone is connecting to a large screen and peripherals.

This allows users to use their phone as a hardware to drive a full desktop operating system. It would be possible to use all sorts compiled for ARM Linux versions, but the developer has chosen Debian because he is familiar with it. Although the public release, it is still an early version, emphasizes the developer Preetam D’Souza. Installation on the Nexus 5 is via a PC in the same way as other custom ROMs, evidenced by the manual . The required zip files for Windows, Linux and OS X are on Github.

The custom ROM Android Lollipop combines with the Linux edition, with both operating systems, connectivity such as WiFi and Bluetooth, and parts storage. As a result, for example captured images instantly available on the desktop. For connection to a monitor For example, users can use a Slim Port Cable, while the phone via bluetooth input can handle a keyboard and mouse.

The custom ROM is still true for the Nexus 5, but other devices to follow. The first priority is Nexus devices from Google. The developer Maru source code will presuppose an open source license, though he promised in February.

It is not the first time that such a system has been devised. Ubuntu has separate interfaces for desktop and mobile with Convergence for Ubuntu Touch, Microsoft does with Continuum on recent Lumia and Android Motorola did something like five years ago with the Atrix , which could be transformed into a netbook user.

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