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Dual-booting Android and other linux distros via custom kernel?

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    Dual-booting Android and other linux distros via custom kernel?

    I have enjoyed playing with my new Xoom, but there are some things I'd like to do with it that Android can't do. I've installed Debian in a chroot, but the system is clumsy and hard to use. Debian can run natively on the Xoom, but doing so would remove the ability to boot Android. A dual-boot setup would be ideal. A linux-as-bootloader kernel that would allow you to choose between booting android or running Debian from SD would allow dual-booting. The kexecboot bootloader (linuxtogo.org: kexecboot: Project Info) does something similar. Any suggestions on the feasibility of this? I don't have the knowledge about Android or Linux to know how to put this together, but it seems like it should work to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunternet93 View Post
    I have enjoyed playing with my new Xoom, but there are some things I'd like to do with it that Android can't do. I've installed Debian in a chroot, but the system is clumsy and hard to use. Debian can run natively on the Xoom, but doing so would remove the ability to boot Android. A dual-boot setup would be ideal. A linux-as-bootloader kernel that would allow you to choose between booting android or running Debian from SD would allow dual-booting. The kexecboot bootloader (linuxtogo.org: kexecboot: Project Info) does something similar. Any suggestions on the feasibility of this? I don't have the knowledge about Android or Linux to know how to put this together, but it seems like it should work to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hunternet93 View Post
    I have enjoyed playing with my new Xoom, but there are some things I'd like to do with it that Android can't do. I've installed Debian in a chroot, but the system is clumsy and hard to use. Debian can run natively on the Xoom, but doing so would remove the ability to boot Android. A dual-boot setup would be ideal. A linux-as-bootloader kernel that would allow you to choose between booting android or running Debian from SD would allow dual-booting. The kexecboot bootloader (linuxtogo.org: kexecboot: Project Info) does something similar. Any suggestions on the feasibility of this? I don't have the knowledge about Android or Linux to know how to put this together, but it seems like it should work to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ggrant3876 View Post
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    That's basically what I have set up right now. Android manages devices very differently than normal Linux, so Debian doesn't have access to, for example, USB. I suppose someone could dual-boot by using the recovery partition to boot Debian. I'll try that and see how it works.


 

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