Using VolksPC OS to run Linux applications over Android

The Best of Both Worlds

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Linux desktop users can now use an estimated two million Android apps that were previously unavailable on Linux with VolksPC OS.

Open source enthusiasts have spent years waiting for the Linux desktop revolution. The Linux environment now supports hundreds of useful, stable, and secure desktop tools that are available for no cost, but Linux still has not displaced Windows or macOS in the race for desktop marketshare.

Android, however, which uses the Linux kernel, has actually become mainstream and is competing quite well. In fact, if you combine desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile usage, Android has reached 38 percent of marketshare, narrowly overtaking Windows as the most popular operating system in the world.

Android runs on ARM chips that support low-power and low-cost computers. The Android option is therefore quite economical, but what about all that free software you've become accustomed to on your Linux system? Do you need to give up your Linux desktop just because you're running an Android tablet?

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