One year this continued the project Linux on Dex launched by Samsung as an opportunity to run the GNU / Linux system through the desktop of some of its best smartphones. The termination is shaped by a message from a South Korean company that will not support devices using Android 10 the latest version of Google's mobile operating system.
For the Lost, Linux on Dex was a project initiated around the Dex Peripheral Station, a dock that allows to convert a smartphone from Samsung's highest range to a desktop computer, using various GNU / Linux distributions . This is possible, as our readers will know, because Android uses Linux as a kernel, which facilitates the execution of GNU distributions.
Android Police said that Dex Linux had not received updates for months, so let's see it's a dying project. The reasons for its termination have not yet been revealed, but suggest that despite a very niche initiative, it has not met the company's expectations. The whole structure is expected to be dismantled in the near future.
Although an interesting initiative from a technical point of view, the truth is that users have had to face various restrictions, such as the fact that they run GNU / Linux through ARM, which limited Chrome and Steam support to third parties to name two of the most popular apps. Another reason could be the prices of the best smartphones, which are too high to be encouraged to contribute to a development project, which is that not everyone has the money or is willing to pay € 1,000 for a mobile phone.
Linux Dex joins the list of unsuccessful projects that tried to launch a truly convergent market proposal and this prospect of using computers proved to be a commercial failure after trying Canonical with Unity 8 and Microsoft with Continuum. We leave you with the message from Samsung announcing the end of Dex Linux.