Linux As An App Makes DeX A True Desktop System

Linux As An App Makes DeX A True Desktop System
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While smartphones have carved out a really useful space in our pockets, most of us have retained a desktop computer or notebook for “real” work. What if you could have a device that worked as both. Something you could slip into your pocket when you’re out of the office but could easily dock and connect to a big screen and a mouse and keyboard. That’s the promise of Samusng’s DeX – and it looks like it’s getting a hefty update to help realise that one device dream.

The Dex platform is all about giving users a crossover device that traverses the pocket and the office. But a new development, that’s currently being trialled, called Linux on Galaxy, “gives smartphones the capability to run multiple operating systems, enabling developers to work with their preferred Linux-based distributions on their mobile devices” according to Samsung.

The potential for such a system is significant. It means one device will be able to handle all our computing needs. And while there will probably always be a place for a traditional computer, where you need multiple displays, really fast processors and lots of memory, DeX or something like it could suffice for many people.

If you’re interested in Linux on Galaxy, there’s a sign-up page so you can register your interest.


  • Honestly I think its a lack of good docking options more than anything. I could work from my iPhone with a good dock and full keyboard, monitor and mouse support. I spend most of my time in Office 365 apps (which are all available on iOS) basically. I have no real need for a true desktop OS.

    • It’ll get there.

      With the advent of Something-as-a-service and the lack of compute locally to run such content, docks for phones will also improve to fill the void.

      There’s been a few attempts at this before; it takes good marketing and uptake to get this form of computing off the ground.

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