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Samsung Shows off Note 8-powered Linux Desktop Experience

Samsung's DeX will soon allow for a Linux desktop experience via the Note 8, allowing more freedom for developers and bringing a better gaming experience to consumers.


Using a smartphone to power desktop experience isn't new. 's Continuum feature, for example, debuted two years ago, but Windows Mobile is now all but dead.

As a result, it falls to Samsung's DeX to keep things going in the consumer market, and it's looking promising. Though the ability to stream an  experience to a monitor has been possible for some time, but it has limitations.

The main one is the apps-only experience, and may be the perfect solution.

“Installed as an app, Linux on Galaxy gives the capability to run multiple , enabling developers to work with their preferred Linux-based distributions on their mobile devices. Whenever they need to use a function that is not available on the smartphone OS, users can simply switch to the app and run any program they need to in a Linux OS .”¬†explained Samsung in October.

Official Concept

Now the company has released a concept demo of the experience on YouTube, which you can see below:


Currently, the video is unlisted and seems incomplete. Despite the lack of audio, we can see that DeX is running 16, working fully with Eclipse. For developers, that's a big step, letting them run a desktop development environment from anywhere and easily switch between them.

For regular consumers, the biggest advantage will be gaming. Though Linux doesn't have the same support as Windows, it's a big step up from Android experiences and should mean the ability to play indie games or emulators.

Personally, I'm excited about the change it will bring. It's not clear when the experience will ship, but you can sign up for the newsletter via the Linux on Galaxy site.

Ryan Maskell
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Ryan has had a passion for gaming and technology since early childhood. Fusing the skills from his Creative Writing and Publishing degree with profound technical knowledge, he enjoys covering news about Microsoft. As an avid writer, he is also working on his debut novel.

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