[Techtalk] Phones and tablets conversion to Linux

John Sturdy jcg.sturdy at gmail.com
Tue Nov 9 16:26:37 UTC 2021

There are various apps that provide a compatibility layer (and there were
some that did more than that, but I can't find them now); for example
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cuntubuntu (don't know
why it's got a rude word in the URL, I thought google store would ban such


On Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 6:13 PM Alvin Goats <agoats at compuserve.com> wrote:

> All,
> Everyone's been quiet on all message lists everywhere, so I thought I'd
> bring up an issue I'm seeing.
> In the US, 3G is being shelved and with various mergers going on, some
> services (i.e. Sprint) are going to be closed down with their
> connections for 4G/LTE being shut off as well.
> Consequently, I have some phones that are going to go dead. Phone is
> good, but no longer supported by anyone.
> SO....how to root the phone (and for that matter any tablet) and install
> Linux on them. I think this might make for a good book and it will help
> reduce electronic waste. Or is there a book already written?
> Most of these devices have WiFi and Bluetooth. We can disable the SIM
> card and other phone services.
> It would be nice if the device can be used as a video camera for
> streaming or long recordings (i.e. filming a how to video) to another
> computer. Even using the camera for video conferencing through the USB
> connection.
> Music player and video watching by stored media or over WiFi is good.
> Mp3, flac, and anything supported by VLC is good.
> Reading is also of interest whether it is pdf, epub, lit, txt, doc,
> comic book reader formats.
> Some games would also be nice. Personally I play Klondike Solitaire, but
> if we can load things like the various Android or Apple games that would
> also be nice. Just download the apk or whatever and install manually.
> I'm not a writer, but I can be a reviewer.
> Phones and tablets I'm personally looking at:
> Samsung (various)
> LG (mostly the Tribute series)
> Motorola (various)
> Nook
> Very Old Kindles (I expect some day they will no longer be supported).
> iPhones that are 3G only
> For me, this covers my phones, my wife's phones and the kid's phones.
> Alvin
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