5 easy steps to Install Linux on Android TV and firestick

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Today Almost every television comes with builtin Android OS, but the problem is that they are only limited for entertainment. But by installing Linux OS like Kali Linux, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian can open up any number of possibilities, and also you can get superuser privileges without even rooting. what you have to do is just follow this article on how to install Linux on android tv and firestick. copy-paste the given commands into the terminal

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Now coming to firestick. Firestick is one of the best low-cost streaming device, which runs on android based fire os. But when it comes to browsing you still have a mobile experience. Since none of the browsers provide a desktop-like experience. But by installing Linux you could download firefox, chromium, and many more Linux applications, and also you can use it as a PC.

In this article, we are going to use 5 apps but they are not sorted in any order


2. Andronix

3. Anlinux

4. Linux deploy

5. custom

Quick summary

Install Linux without rooting

Convert android tv into pc

Below are common terms which occurs repeatedly in the below methods

Install Linux applications

Termux: Termux is a terminal emulator that provides a Linux environment without rooting. it is a free app available on the play store.

Vnc: virtual network computing is software that enables you to control one computer from another device. usually, it is not secure since it transmits unencrypted data over the network. by running vnc server you can interact with the graphical environment. it provides a desktop-like experience

SSH : secured shell is similar to vnc but it transfers encrypted data over a network. And it is also faster than VNC

XSERVER XSDL: It is an android app which is the complete implementation of xserver. It gives various options on display, mouse, keyboard, video, etc

Desktop environment: While installing Linux on android using any method the most confusing part is selecting the desktop environment, some environments are lightweight, some are resource-heavy but contain many features. below are some common desktop environments

xfce: This is a lightweight desktop environment with less resource utilization and comes with good features. It is also beginner-friendly

Lxde: Lxde stands for lightweight X11 desktop Environment is a lest Resouce hungry and faster when compared to others it works well with the devices with least ram

How to install Linux on Android tv or firestick using userland

Installing Linux with userland is very easy you don’t need another app it has a built-in terminal. This app is a replacement for the GNUroot which only works on lower versions of android

install linux on android tv

It is easier to install Linux on android tv or firestick. For firestick, if you want to get rid of the on-screen keyboard best idea is to install Linux on it. But the performance of firestick is not good as compared to the android tv box. You could convert an android tv box into a PC by installing Linux OS on it.

Estimated time 25 minutes

  1. Download Userland for play store

    Best apps to install linux on android

    You can download Userland from Playstore by clicking the link below or directly from the web if your smart-tv doesn’t support apps from play store
    If you installed an alternative app store for tv (Aptoide tv), you can install from it

  2. Select the required Distro

    Install linux on android

    UserLand supports 5 distributions namely Alpine, Arch, Debian, Kali, Ubuntu. select the one which you like and give userland storage permission

  3. Create Username and Password

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    after giving storage permission. The dialog will appear asking you to fill the required information, which consists of username and password

  4. Select the connection Type

    Linux on firestick

    you will get three options to select the connection type. I would prefer SSH. since it transmits encrypted data, you can also choose XSDL if it supports your version. After selecting Required Assets will be downloaded. Don’t worry about which to select, It can be changed later

  5. Update and proceed by selecting required options

    Kali linux on firestick

    After downloading assets it will open up a terminal asking for the password that you have created at the begging and press enter. Required files will start downloading. After the process update and upgrade the files and database by entering
    apt update && apt upgrade

  6. Starting the desktop environment

    Linux os on firestick

    This is the last step where you launch the desktop environment
    You need to download any of these apps
    1. VNC viewer
    2. Xserver xsdl
    I am going to use Xserver xsdl since it is faster than Vnc
    First, open the app xserver xsdl and proceed it till a blue screen with white text as shown in above
    Now return to userland without closing xserver app and enter the below command

    export DISPLAY=:0 PULSE_SERVER=tcp: startlxde &

    If the above command doesn’t work leave a comment below I will help you

3 thoughts on “5 easy steps to Install Linux on Android TV and firestick”

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  3. That’s not really installing linux on a Android TV box.
    It’s running linux inside an Android container. It’s two different things.

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