Most of you know you should unlock bootloader to root android device, and unlocking the bootloader give you the ability to install other ROM "as far as I know".

So is it possible to go crazy and install Linux Debian on android device, if yes what are the things that I should keep in mind before and while doing it.

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    Note that you probably can, but it may not be fully functional as a phone. That may or may not be important to you.
    – bk2204
    Commented Sep 21, 2020 at 2:02
  • i know this is late but can you name common problems that i may face why installing different rom.
    – Stux2K
    Commented Oct 4, 2020 at 21:01
  • A lot of drivers for phones are not shipped in a standard Linux kernel, only in the stock Android or vendor kernels, and as a result, you may or may not have drivers for things like the GPU, the cell radio, or other peripherals.
    – bk2204
    Commented Oct 4, 2020 at 22:04
  • how about wireless interface should i install a another driver, so if i find a way to ssh to it can i install the drivers ?
    – Stux2K
    Commented Oct 5, 2020 at 11:22

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You can, but it requires some knowledge in Linux and Android. There are a few devices that can be used to install a Debian version, most of the time devices that can be used for Ethical Hacking.

Check following links for further reading:

Running Debian Linux on Android device natively

Pwnie Express

  • not gonna use it for hacking just want phone shaped pihole, but thanks for the answer.
    – Stux2K
    Commented Oct 4, 2020 at 21:03

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