DebianRunner: Running Desktop Applications on Android Smartphones

Date Added: Oct 2010
Format: PDF

The Android operating system runs atop the Linux kernel, yet lacks the ability to natively execute standard Linux desktop applications. Though efforts have been made to enable this functionality, all approaches to date require a user to switch to a separate desktop environment, resulting in a substantial loss of interface consistency and usability. This paper describes DebianRunner, an Android application designed to execute in a custom, root-enabled Android build.