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How to boot and run Linux [Arc, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo] on any PC using your Android Phone or Tablet

You must be well aware of the live USBs which allow its users to directly boot into the Operating System on computer without installing it in their system. The trend has accumulated all the attention with Linux distributions. If we casually test a Linux distro you may be struck in a situation where PC’s current OS will fail to boot and you will need a live disk to fix the issue or salvage your data, your USB drive has everything in it but a live disk image. If you could boot into a Linux distro (like Ubuntu or Fedora) straight from your rooted Android device, now you can do so with DriveDroid. DriveDroid is a tool which will download the distro of your choice directly in your device exterminating the need of have accessing to a second PC.

You might not carry a Linux live USB drive or rescue disk around at all times, but mobile phones remains with us all the time. Capacity to boot into an OS on your PC using your Android phone makes DriveDroid a superb tool for a rescue disk in case of emergencies.

How to boot and run Linux [Arc, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo] on any PC using your Android Phone or Tablet

You must remember before using the app make sure that the device  is set to using UMS mode when connected to the PC as the app emulates a USB drive. Using it in MTP mode to connect to the PC and as it boots will not work, so you can set all of this up in the ‘Preferences’ menu. If by any chance it will not work then there are various apps in the Play Store that can enable MSC mode on your device if it has been disabled by default in favor of MTP.

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If you want to download an image right to your device then click on the ‘Plus’ sign and tap ‘Download image’ to bring up a list of the Linux distros which are available. You will be able to see the oldest releases to the latest 32-bit, 64-bit, Server and Desktop variants, it packs it all. After your files have been downloaded you will be able to see it appear on the apps main screen. Then you have to just select the file and choose the logical unit to host it over USB. Then moving ahead you will have to connect the device to your computer then reboot the pc and calling its boot menu or setting the correct boot priority from within its BIOS.

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In addition to follow with a live USB, DriveDroid allow you to emulate a blank USB drive as well, where you can specify not just the partition size, but the partition table also. This blank USB emulation gives you the opportunity to create a bootable USB disk allowing you to install Windows, or any other OS on your PC. DriveDroid is available in Google play for free as well as paid version the free version is ad-supported while the latter is ad-free.

How to boot and run Linux [Arc, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo] on any PC using your Android Phone or Tablet on March 29, 2016 rated 4.2 of 5

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