Using smartphones as Linux servers

the idea of an Android smartphone abandoned in a dark drawer is becoming more common. If it’s a model too old or repair is not worth is likely to be there waiting for a second chance that maybe not never come. However, many hardware enthusiasts are exploring alternative uses for these smartphones and one of them is the Debian server .

best hardware projects may begin with an accident . A cracked screen, buttons that stop working, errors in the firmware, the list continues. Manufacturers shed towel with chilling speed by providing support, but if the spirits of the hacking help, there may be some additional information on the Web. Let’s take the example of Android smartphones . Assumes that the operating system is open, but the OEM are responsible for modifying the images so that they become something unique for each model . As if that outside bit, details about components tend to be scarce. Even with these difficulties, there are enthusiasts beyond outside very interested in reuse smartphones and tablets which leads us to the Pete Scargill blog and their efforts to create a Debian server.

Linux Deploy it is very interesting, but its documentation needs work

it all started with a Oukitel K10000 phone that received from a friend with the cracked screen. The first step was to enable root on the device access through kingroot.net and then downloaded an app from the Play Store called Linux Deploy whose documentation is in Russian. Scargill recommends a smartphone with 16 GB of internal storage, although it is technically possible to experiment with 8 GB drives (quedarán menos de 2 GB disponibles) . Within the app, there is a repository with a copy of Debian 8 arm and after some adjustments (sin mencionar una larga espera durante su instalación) should be ready to access the smartphone via WinSCP or similar.

with Debian installed, the smartphone is now a server. We need to see more cases like this.

One of the things that Scargill was Node-network, and so used a script originally prepared with Raspberry Pi in mind. In fact, his project maintains some relationship with the mini computer (el usuario en Debian es «pi») but at the end of the day is a very different beast. The K10000 has 2 GB of RAM, and a 10,000 mAh battery that essentially works as a UPS. Other devices that were part of the test are Xiaomi Redmi 3, OnePlus One, and the 2012 Edition of the Nexus 7 tablet.

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