[PLUG] Can I get these Linux capabilities on Android?

Mandar Vaze / मंदार वझे mandarvaze at gmail.com
Sun Oct 14 22:04:35 PDT 2012

On Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 7:54 AM, Mayuresh <mayuresh at acm.org> wrote:

> On Sun, Oct 14, 2012 at 07:43:08PM +0530, Mehul Ved wrote:
> > I didn't find it particularly useful. I do try to use it as and when
> > possible but still prefer using my laptop. But, really depends on how
> > deep you want to go with it. Quite a lot can be fiddled around with,
> > especially after rooting.
> My usage pattern is, if laptop is on, I'll prefer to do any work on the
> mobile (administration, copying files to/from the device, playing
> multimedia contents etc.)

I too prefer this. But no ssh. You shoud look at AirDroid Android App.
You "interface" to the mobile phone via browser. Android runs a webserver.
So Wireless LAN is all you need.
It is definitely useful for copying files to/from, multimedia, Check
reply/SMS etc. from your laptop.

About other requirements :
I had tried "shell" and "vi" on my Nokia 5800XM once. It is Symbian S50V5
ful touch screen device.
What I ended up realizing is although it is "cool" to be able to ssh/vi on
your phone, the phone form factor isn't suitable for such things (other
than in emergencies)

Problems I noticed :

   - Screen too small, part of which is "eaten" by virtual keyboard.
   - No special keys like "escape" - used a LOT with vi.  I doubt standard
   Android keyboard has Ctrl key used a LOT with emacs.

I suggestion(s) :

   - Go for as big screen your budget allows. 7" tablet may be best (But it
   has other portability issues - Your budget/your choice)
   - If you seriously plan to use Android Term, I suggest you research
   bluetooth physical keyboard.
   - Some Galaxy Model (not mentioned by you) has a physical pullout
   keyboard. See if that model is available. It might be next best thing after
   BT kbd.

What you are trying to do is interesting. I would be interested in knowing
the outcome.

Best Wishes !!!


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