Replace Android TV with Linux?

gregory_opera

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I have a "smart" television from Kogan that runs Android TV and to be honest, I've hated it since Day One... Android TV is rubbish in more ways than I care to count, which is why I never use the "Android TV" side of my "smart" television.

So perhaps I can make it more useful...

Is there a way I can replace Android TV with a Linux-based operating system (ideally Ubuntu, but I'm not fussed either way)?

The television I have is a "Kogan KALED55KU8000SZA 55-inch Smart TV", which the Google Play Store (on the Web) refers to as an "MStar Android TV" from "MStar Semiconductor". It runs Android TV 5.1.1.
 

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Run Terminal Emulator for Android and you'll see that the operating system that Android runs on is Linux.

I realize that... But there's an awfully big difference between Android TV-Linux and Ubuntu/<insert distro here>-Linux.

And "Linux" in the context of a regular operating system is a lot more capable than Android TV could ever hope to be... For one, I could have have a traditional Linux-based operating system automatically boot into Kodi on power-up, among other things.