An operating system running on top of the Linux kernel, targeting mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

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Booting native Arch Linux on an Android device

I have a Galaxy Note 10.1 (n8010) and I want to make it boot Arch Linux natively. I mean boot Arch Linux instead of android. All that I need is to alter the initramfs, which I can't find anywhere in ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 hotspot wifi network not visible to Android 4.1.2

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on my notebook, and I've got a Motorola Razr which I updated to Android 4.1.2. Before updating, I connected my smartphone to my hotspot wifi very quickly, but after the ...
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Note taking app that can sync both android and Linux

I've been looking high and low for an Evernote alternative for Linux. I know I can use Everpad or Evernote in WINE but they don't work natively. Any note-taking app would be fine as long as it can ...
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why does sudo work on Linux but not Android?

I have not had the chance to read enough about Android, Linux, or UNIX to answer this myself. sudo works on a Linux machine but doesn't work on Android unless you root the mobile device (e.g. Samsung ...
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How to run a command in the background with a delay?

Can somebody show me how to make a program to do this action: after 5 minutes echo "80" > /sys/class/leds/blue/brightness I want this program run in the background (like rngd service) I can't do ...
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Linking /proc/mnt to /proc/mounts

I understand that /proc filesystem reflects the output of various processes. Unfortunately, I have a propietary (romdump) binary that expects the mount table to appear as /proc/mtd, while my Android ...
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Command-line software for playlist syncing to Android Phone?

I'm looking for a way to sync music to my Android Phone without having to load something like banshee. I know there are plenty of ways to sync files, but I'm interested in syncing playlists and having ...
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Unable to connect to a wifi network with an SSID containing diacritics

My current WiFi network (and i'm writing this with the help of Windows -.- ) has a diacritic in it's SSID: "ö". If changing the SSID is not an option, how to connect to such a network? This does not ...
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Mounting an MTP enabled device on Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS 32-bit

My aim is to perform file operations on my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (older edition) using Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS 32-bit. This does not work out of the box as I plugged my device and saw myself. In order ...
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How do I get most of my standard Linux utilities and commands on Android 3.1?

By standard, I mean just what users often get by default with one of the popular distros. For example, uname, finger, vim, tmux, etc. I have a Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Android version 3.1, already rooted) ...
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groupadd failure while writing changes to /etc/group

I have been following this guide on installing debian-kit on my Sony Xperia Tablet Z and the installation goes fine until I try to apt-get install andromize which fails with the error groupadd: ...
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Route VPN traffic through socks proxy [closed]

There is no way to set proxy on an unrooted Android, but there is an option to connect to VPN. In my network VPN connection is not allowed! so I am looking for a way to run a local VPN server on my ...
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How to run 32 bit programs on 64 bit Fedora 17?

Although the Android Development Tools (ADT) bundle is available as a zip package for 'Linux 64 Bit' it states following requirements: 64-bit distributions must be capable of running 32-bit ...
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Is there a convenient small Unix virtual machine I can install as an Android app?

Ubuntu for Android seems to be missing in action. I'm travelling tomorrow and I need to take a basic Linux machine with me. I'd rather just take my tablet than a laptop. So is there a reasonable ...
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How to understand Hot plugin mechanism for a USB in an Android stack?

I want to know where I could get some material to study USB hot plug-in mechanism in Android Stack. I tried googling many a times, but din't find anything useful.
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Does Android's implementation of SELinux's M.A.C. inhibit root apps with root privileges from accessing app data? [closed]

Starting with Android 4.4 SELinux's MAC is enforced. Does this mean that if an app somehow can get installed and exploit the kernel to get root privileges, that MAC will still prevent that app with ...
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Where do installed RPMs go?

I download and install packages on my Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 6 machine using YUM package manager in command-line mode. When I install apk files on my Android phone, they go to /data/app ...
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Is it impossible to run as `root` if the machine isn't rooted?

By default, the user of the device does not have access to certain root objects (e.g. the /data directory). Even though these objects are off-limits, however, it would seem to me that these objects ...
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Why is compatibility with Android not a common feature in Linux distributions?

Since Android is based on Linux (and I understand is only a Java layer on top of Linux), I wonder why Linux does not generally run Android applications. Why is an Android compatibility layer, either ...
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How to add folders and file before compiling kernel

I'm building custom Android Kernel based on Cyanogenmod ROM' kernel source code. What I need to do is to add folders and files into the root folder of the OS ("/"). For instance, after having ...
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How similar are Android and QNX?

The root of the question is really: "Can you run the Android OS on a BlackBerry PlayBook?" Since one is a Linux derivative and the other is a Unix derivative, it seems a natural fit for here.
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What utilities do I need to begin android development on Ubuntu?

I already would work by some Cortex-A boards(for instance Cubieboard, Marsboard,...) I've already started working with integrated circuits: Cubieboard Marsboard I've been directed to learn linux, ...
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Can I spoof the MAC address in Android?

Is it possible to spoof the MAC address of the wireless interface using wpa_supplicant.conf in Android when I connect as a client to an access point? Edit Unfortunately, Android doesn't support ...
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Is there a way to run an ssh server on an Android device?

I'm looking to install Debian over my Android installation so as to be able to use openssh-server, as it's so much better than Dropbear. Is there an easy way to do this, or just to simply install ...
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Is Android compatible with the Linux Standard Base?

Moved from Stack Overflow, where I realize it was off-topic since it was asking for sources - far as I can tell, the rules forbid that there but not here. I know that the kernel in Android is now ...
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Sending function keys (F1-F12) over SSH

I have a Fedora machine that I can SSH to. One of the programs I'd like to use occasionally uses the function keys. The problem is that I'm SSH'ing from an Android tablet (ASUS Transformer Infinity) ...
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How to extract boot.img?

I am trying to see the content in a boot.img file from an Android image. I googled and got http://javigon.com/category/development-tools/ to extract system.img. But it doesn't work for boot.img. When ...
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How to mount a filesystem from a given USB bus:device

Recently I bought a new smartphone (with Android). When I connect it to my laptop, the (gui)file manager (PCManFM) recognize it and show me the filesystem at route gphoto2://[usb:001,003]. But I can't ...
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Gentoo Linux Still Popular Today? [closed]

I have installed Gentoo Linux on a Thinkpad T42 and an earlier version Acer Laptop. But it has been years, installation on one laptop after another. I even planned to go further to install Funtoo ...
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Installing Android-x86 on a USB (not creating a Live USB)?

I want to carry around an Android OS install on a USB so I can have a Google Authenticator with me everywhere I go since I don't own any mobile devices. The idea being that I can run Android through ...
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Fake linux as android device

How can I let my GNU/linux completely mimic an android device when connecting to a wireless Access Point? I explain: I moved to another location and it seems that my android phone and tablet have a ...
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Is it possible to install a custom Linux on an Android phone?

I have an Xperia X8 phone, and I'd like to know if I can install a non-Android Linux OS on it? I would like to have a light Linux Distro, like Kolibri or something like that.
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Fedora, Android phone mounting?

I am using Fedora 15 and I just plugged in my Samsung Vibrant Android phone, but my phone does not even give me the option to mount over USB like usual. It still charges though. Is there some ...
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Network file-sharing between Linux and Android

I want to share the contents of my external HDD with my Android phone. For the last two hours, I've been trying to correctly set up Samba - it was absolutely horrible. There must be another, simpler ...
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What is the meaning of the contents of /proc/net/unix?

On my Android device there is the file called /proc/net/unix who's content does not conform to that of any standard linux distribution (which show the unix domain sockets.) First few lines: Num ...
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How do I create a USB networking interface for passing internet to my Android phone?

I am working on passing through the internet from my computer to my phone (running Android) over USB. I'm not sure how to achieve this, but I know I will need a usb network interface, such as usb0. ...
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Eclipse not executable

I have just downloaded the Android SDK for Linux. I am running OpenSuse 12.3. When I try to run Eclipse, there is an error that says that there is no program to run executable files. So, I use the ...
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How to increase ftrace precision to microseconds?

I'm trying to generate FTrace files inside an Android environment, using: root@adroid:# echo 1 > /sys/kernel/debug/tracing/events/sched/sched_switch/enable root@adroid:# echo 1 > ...
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Allow any user in the fuse group to unmount

I'm currently trying to write a couple of systemd/udev configuration files that will allow me to automount/unmount MTP Android devices on my Arch Linux laptop. It took me some time, but so far it ...
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How can I know if patch command is working?

I am trying to apply a patch that is provided by the seek-for-android project to code I downloaded from Cyanogenmod. The code compiled successfully with make, so I know all the files are there. I just ...
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Linux and Android apps on ARM vs x86

There are a plethora of low-cost ARM-based mini-devices coming out (Cotton Candy, etc). Some of these are Android-only, some Linux-only, and some allow both operating systems to run. The only issue ...
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How to start customizing linux?

I've heard that Android is based on linux (or unix?). That means, engineers at google modified linux code to run on android phones or tablets. I would like to become those engineers someday. Where ...
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Android Emulator on Arch Linux

I would like to run Android Emulator on Arch Linux. Is there any way to run Android Emulator on Arch Linux?
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Linux fails to mount Android device in USB MSC mode

I was referred here from android.stackexchange.com. I wish to mount my Sony Xperia ST21i (Android 4.0.4) under Linux (Debian) via USB. However, I get this error: # mount /dev/sdb /mnt mount: no ...
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Is transferring files between android phone and linux supposed to be a easy task?

I want to copy some movie files from my Linux PC to my Android phone, however, it is much more easy to copy from Windows to my Android phone. In Windows, my phone would mount its internal memory card ...
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What are the difficulties in importing features of Android, like Unity3D Player, to Linux in general?

We know that Android is an open source Linux-based distro. And we know some features developed for Android are required for the Linux community for many years, and are denied (like Unity3D Player). ...
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Display X applications on an Android system

Host system: Android 3.2.1 Honeycomb Chroot system: Debian Testing lxde Hardware: Asus eee pad transformer tablet nvidia arm architecture Note 1: The Debian system boots on this hardware, thus it ...
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How can I determine if a process is a system process?

I'm reading the /proc directory (or pseudo-fs) to find all processes. I'm getting the information I need from /proc/[pid]/status but there's something else I need. Is there any way to figure out which ...
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How to return 0 if a pattern is matched from a file? [duplicate]

I have a binary that repacks android kernel (not mkbootimg). I'm making a script to automate the process. I don't want any output on the screen. So I have redirected the output to a file named ...
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install two operating systems on a smartphone

An exam question I had this morning: If a telephone manufacturer would like to install both Android and iOS operating systems on a smartphone, would that be possible? If yes, what changes should ...