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Developer(s) ZPwebsites
Initial release 2012
Stable release 2.72
Development status active
Operating system Android
Type Virtualisation/Compatibility layer
License Open source edition: Apache v2
(Closed source edition also exists)

LinuxOnAndroid, also known as Complete Linux Installer is an application for Android devices that allows users to install an X Window based Linux distribution, such as Ubuntu or Debian, enabling them to use Linux desktop applications in Android. The app has been downloaded between 100,000 - 500,000 times.

The Linux install is on a loopmounted image file, however, is able to access the Android filesystem. VNC is used to display the GUI of the X Server. It requires root access of the phone.[1]

The authors are planning to release a ROM similar to Ubuntu for Android, which will integrate the two operating systems. They had crowdfunded for this purpose using the Indiegogo website.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Complete Linux Installer". Google Play. ZPwebsites. 15 December 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "LinuxonAndroid". Indiegogo. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
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