3 Linux Smartphone Operating Systems You Can Install Today

Tired of Android? Try not to need to be a piece of an exclusive biological system? Security and protection are getting progressively significant for cell phone clients, yet what is the appropriate response?

At the point when you need an option working framework, Linux is generally the appropriate response. However, what Linux cell phone working frameworks are accessible to introduce today? At the point when you need to supplant Android with Linux, here are the distros you should attempt.

Ubuntu Touch

Initially discharged by Ubuntu designers Canonical, Ubuntu Touch is as of now being kept up by UBports. This implies Ubuntu’s deserted portable working framework lives on.

Ubuntu Touch’s way to deal with cell phones is canny, managing the absence of applications by giving social, news, and photograph instruments locally. This is done in the pretense of Scopes, various pages of the Home screen that give redid news, climate, applications, and informal communities.

It functions admirably, as well, despite the fact that there is consistently when applications are required.

Maybe Ubuntu Touch’s most noteworthy quality, nonetheless, is Convergence.

This is a framework, much like Microsoft’s Continuum and Samsung DeX, in which the cell phone is associated with a remote HDMI gadget, console, and mouse, and utilized as a PC. The main genuine contrast among this and your work area Linux gadget is that the telephone has an ARM processor.

At present upheld gadgets incorporate the handsets where Ubuntu Touch came pre-introduced, alongside the OnePlus One, Fairphone 2, and Nexus 5 (Hammerhead). A lot more are in dynamic turn of events, for example, the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus 3.

Sailfish OS

Together created by Jolla, Mer (a middleware stack designer), the Sailfish Alliance (a gathering of enterprises) and network individuals, Sailfish OS is a continuation of relinquished working framework MeeGo, itself dependent on Maemo and Moblin.

The most recent rendition of Sailfish OS is known as Sailfish X, which runs on Sony Xperia X gadgets. Lamentably, Sailfish OS isn’t open source, and the free form is a period restricted preliminary.

The full form of Sailfish X will slow down you around $50, and it’s just accessible inside the European Union, Norway, and Switzerland. As noted on the site:

“… the utilization of our site and administrations to buy Sailfish X outside of the Authorized Countries is denied.”

Sailfish OS has Android application support, so if that interests, this OS merits giving it a shot.

Plasma Mobile

Maybe the most energizing choice on the table is Plasma Mobile, a cell phone concentrated turn on the famous Plasma, the last esteemed extraordinary compared to other Linux work area conditions.

Having increased a great deal of consideration during 2017 (generally due to Ubuntu forsaking Ubuntu Touch), Plasma Mobile’s point is to turn into a “total and open programming framework for cell phones.”

At present good with the Nexus 5 (Hammerhead) and OnePlus One, Plasma Mobile (in light of Kubuntu) is likewise accessible for Intel-based PCs and tablets, on account of an Arch Linux-based form. Plasma Mobile is one of the Linux distros you can run on the PinePhone, as well.

There’s additionally multiROM support for the Nexus 5 (Hammerhead), empowering you to run Plasma Mobile close by your favored custom Android ROM.

Maybe the best thing about the Plasma Mobile venture is that you’re ready to run work area Plasma applications and gadgets, just as Ubuntu Touch applications. This gives the task a more extensive choice of applications than Ubuntu Touch.

Other Linux Mobile Projects

As of this composition, three other prominent Linux versatile undertakings are in progress:


Proposed as a framework to improve future Linux versatile tasks, Halium’s point is to “bind together the Hardware Abstraction Layer for ventures which run GNU/Linux on cell phones with pre-introduced Android.”

There’s additionally an aim to normalize other programming and improve Linux access to sound, camera, GPS and other equipment.

As you may envision, if fruitful, this will make it far simpler to introduce Linux on cell phones.


A progressively complete undertaking is coming looking like a portable rendition of PureOS, the protection and security-centered Linux distro from Purism.

As of now its absolutely impossible to download PureOS for versatile, yet Purism’s first telephone, the Librem 5, will be discharged in 2019. This will be the most secure and private cell phone yet, and quite a bit of this will depend on the PureOS working framework.


Portraying itself as “a genuine Linux conveyance on the telephone” postmarketOS (pmOS) is an adaptation of Alpine Linux for cell phones.

As of now in early turn of events, the point of pmOS is to make a manageable portable OS, one with long haul support.

A wide number of gadgets can run pmOS, including the Amazon Fire HDX, Google Nexus gadgets, and Samsung Galaxy telephones and tablets.

At this right on time of pmOS advancement, in any case, not many of these gadgets have a full arrangement of highlights. Nonetheless, in offering numerous work area conditions, the pmOS venture looks very much positioned to satisfy its point of making a drawn out feasible portable working framework dependent on Linux

Applications That Install Linux on Android

In case you’re urgent to have Linux in your pocket yet don’t have any of the gadgets recorded above, there are options.

These empower you to run Linux (or give the presence of running Linux) from the solace of your Android gadget as an application. An established telephone is vital as a rule, yet these are generally offering imitating.


An instrument that doesn’t require root, KBOX is depicted as “a task to make a small scale Linux circulation for non-established (i.e., unmodified) Android gadgets, giving a Linux-like comfort condition.”

Accordingly, it highlights many order line utilities, however is inaccessible in Google Play. Rather, you’ll need to visit the site to download and introduce the APK. Ensure you comprehend the entanglements of introducing applications from outsider destinations past Google Play before continuing.

Linux Deploy

As opposed to an order line condition with some Linux apparatuses, you may lean toward something like Linux Deploy, from Google Play. Requiring both a terminal emulator and a VNC customer to be introduced—just as an established telephone—Linux Deploy empowers you to browse a few distinctive distros. These are introduced in a circle picture on your gadget stockpiling.

Once introduced, be that as it may, you’ll have the option to get to a Linux work area condition on your telephone or tablet.

Your Smartphone Deserves Linux

So, Linux is accessible for some cell phones as of now, and we’ve seen a few incredible Linux tablets as well. In any case, there’s far to go. Linux distros on cell phones are uncommon however need your help.

In the event that you have one of the gadgets referenced or connected to above, if it’s not too much trouble evaluate a good Linux versatile distro.

Put in a couple of days with it to perceive how it works out for you. At that point let the venture network concerned skill it went. Tell them what worked, and what didn’t.

On the off chance that you can code, why not offer the advantage of your experience to one of the advancement ventures? Even better, you could even beginning building up your own versatile form of Linux utilizing the Halium venture.