Article from Issue 206/2018

This month in the news: Samsung to bring Linux to the Galaxy phone, System76 releases Pop!_OS, Linux comes to Windows, Docker embraces Kubernetes, and we are under a Bad Rabbit attack. 

Samsung to Bring Linux to the Galaxy Phone

The same year Canonical decide to pull out of the consumer space, Samsung is bringing a pure desktop Linux experience to PCs. Unlike Apple, Google, or Microsoft, Samsung doesn't have any tightly integrated offering for professionals who need a desktop to get work done. Samsung came out with DeX, an accessory for Samsung Galaxy phones that connects with a monitor and offers a desktop-like interface. It's an experience similar to Ubuntu Dock or Motorola Atrix Webtop.

However, the desktop experience was subpar compared with Mac OS or Windows. Samsung is now looking at desktop Linux for DeX. "Installed as an app, Linux on Galaxy gives smartphones the capability to run multiple operating systems, enabling developers to work with their preferred Linux-based distributions on their mobile devices. Whenever they need to use a function that is not available on the smartphone OS, users can simply switch to the app and run any program they need to in a Linux OS environment," Samsung said in a press release.

Samsung is quite ambitious about the project; the company is also luring developers, a market that already has a strong hold on desktop Linux. "Now developers can code using their mobile on-the-go and seamlessly continue the task on a larger display with Samsung DeX," said the company.


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