Is it possible to install Linux on an Android tablet?

Angelo Elmer
254 Words
1:07 Minutes

Android is an operating system for smartphones and tablets. What many users don't know is that Android is basically Linux. Android uses a modified Linux kernel, so all Android devices are also compatible with Linux operating systems.

Unless the device's manufacturer, in this case the tablet's manufacturer, has built in a lock to change operating systems, it is frequently possible to install a modern Linux operating system on an Android tablet.

So you can install Linux on an Android tablet if you're lucky. You should also keep the following in mind:

  1. If you change the original operating system, you may lose the manufacturer's warranty.
  2. If you do something wrong during the modification, the device may be destroyed.
  3. Depending on the device, some components may not work, e.g. the audio or Bluetooth functions, because drivers are missing or wrong.

It's often a gamble whether you can install a Linux system on an Android device. You have to test to see if it works. In many cases, the system will boot, but it may not recognize some hardware.

I was able to install Fedora Linux on my Onda V80 Plus tablet. Everything worked except for the audio. I was able to access the Internet with the device and also run videos and all other programs.

Of course, keep in mind that we are talking about tablets here. It won't work if you want to install Linux on your Android smartphone because everything is surely locked there and you wouldn't be able to make calls with the smartphone anyway.

Angelo Elmer

About Angelo Elmer

Angelo Elmer, a wordsmith with a passion for storytelling, has mastered the art of telling multi-layered stories. His adaptable writing style translates seamlessly to a variety of topics and delivers informative and engaging content.

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