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How to access Samsung DeX mode on Linux and Chrome OS

Google has yet to offer a full-fledged desktop interface in Android, but you can access the hidden barebones version of it on some devices running Android 10. A handful of OEMs, on the other hand, offer their own implementations of the desktop mode, and Samsung's DeX is inarguably the most polished and feature-rich option among...

UBports GSI brings Ubuntu Touch to any Project Treble-supported Android device

The ability to boot an AOSP Generic System Image (GSI) on a compatible Android device is one of the best outcomes of Project Treble, but a similar achievement has yet to be made in the domain of generic kernel development. Google does mandate a minimum Linux kernel version requirement with each new release of Android,...

Android’s Nearby Share file-sharing feature may support Chrome OS, Windows, macOS, and Linux thanks to Google Chrome

Apple's ecosystem is very cohesive and one of the best examples of that is AirDrop. The feature makes it super simple to share files across Apple devices without needing anyone to install a third-party app. On the Android side, things are a lot messier. While OnePlus, Realme, Black Shark, Meizu, OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi have...

How to build LineageOS on Windows 10 using WSL 2

The second generation of Windows Subsystem for Linux, commonly referred to as WSL 2, was announced during Microsoft’s Build 2019 developer conference. Compared to the legacy WSL implementation, WSL 2 performs substantially better on filesystem-heavy operations due to the major architectural rewrite. Windows 10's latest stable channel build, i.e. Windows 10 May 2020 update, makes...

Lenovo’s P-series ThinkPads and ThinkStation PCs are getting Linux options

Earlier this year in January, Dell unveiled the 2020 refresh for its XPS series of laptops. As part of the lineup, Dell released the XPS 13 2020 with 10th Gen Intel Ice Lake chips. Along with the regular Windows-based variants of the notebook, Dell also released a Ubuntu-based Developer Edition of the XPS 13 2020...

Microsoft releases Terminal 1.0 and Windows Package Manager, announces Linux GUI app support and GPU acceleration for WSL 2

Microsoft holds a conference event every year for software engineers and web developers. Called Build, or //build/, the event is a conference for developers that primarily work on Windows, Microsoft Azure, and other technologies. While Microsoft holds an event on the ground every year, as they have in the past years, but because of COVID-19,...

WireGuard VPN protocol makes its way to Linux Kernel 5.6

Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, can be an essential tool in the digital age. Due to growing privacy concerns or simple geolocation barriers, more and more users are taking advantage of the increased privacy and versatility afforded by VPNs that they trust. With COVID-19 forcing millions of workers to stay at home, many are forced...

Developer ports Ubuntu Touch to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

There was a time when you could slap any operating system on the mythical HTC HD2, be it Android, Ubuntu, or even Windows RT. The Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II are gradually taking up that mantle, as it is possible to install regular GNU/Linux distributions on them with very little effort. While...

Chrome OS 82 tests a Material Theme redesign of the Files app and a revamped Linux terminal with tab support

Chrome OS has evolved a lot over the last several years, and Google is not stopping any time soon with the changes to attract both regular users and developers. In Chrome OS 82, Google is testing two major UI changes to the Files app and the Terminal app. First, the Google Material Theme redesign looks...

Chrome OS 80 will start using Debian 10 Buster on new Linux installations

At Google I/O last year, Google announced Linux app support for Chrome OS. This is made possible thanks to installing a GNU/Linux distribution, specifically Debian 9 "Stretch", in a Linux container. Earlier this year, the Debian project announced Debian 10 "Buster," but Google wasn't ready to upgrade the default Linux container on Chromebooks just yet....

Here’s a list of 200+ smartphones that can run Linux distributions

A Linux kernel is a core element of Android but despite this, Android is much different from a typical Linux distribution for its lack of a GNU interface. Android and Linux apps are not exchangeable because of different runtime systems and libraries. But with the efforts of some brilliant developers, you can actually run a...

Microsoft plans to add support for exFAT to the Linux kernel

Microsoft announced last Wednesday that they planned to add support for exFAT to the Linux kernel, a file system that they have profited off of licensing to Android device manufacturers for years. exFAT was a file system created in 2006 with the intention of improving upon the FAT file system, and it has better support...