Installation Of Non-Mobile Applications

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Hi All,

I'm considering replacing my current laptop with an Android tablet, but there are some applications I need to be able to run that do not (as far as I know) have Android ports available. Many of these are standard and simple installations for normal Linux systems; can I install them on a rooted android device?

Examples include:
LaTeX (VerbTeX a poor but acceptable substitute)
ROOT (CERN data analysis package)
SSH (ConnectBot works; does it include X11 forwarding (-Y option)? Sounds like it isn't, because X11 isn't present in Android.)
Even something as common as gcc

Alternately, it appears possible to just run a virtual Ubuntu on an Android machine.

Any insight/advice? Am I better off just using a real computer for these tasks?



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Nov 22, 2014
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No. AFAIK Linux on DeX is still in beta and is only usable on a high end Samsung tablet, which costs more than a lot of non-gaming laptops. You'll save more money and headaches just goinh with an actual laptop for your purposes.


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Feb 5, 2018
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You may also consider using remote access. Leave your current work computers on and link it to your tab. I did this in the past with tabs and my chrome book. Good luck.