[Techtalk] Phones and tablets conversion to Linux

John Sturdy jcg.sturdy at gmail.com
Tue Nov 9 16:31:14 UTC 2021

Now I've found the one I used before (I put it on my car radio!):

It's not had any changes for a while, but maybe it doesn't need them.


On Tue, Nov 9, 2021 at 4:26 PM John Sturdy <jcg.sturdy at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> things!)
> John
> 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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