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 Post subject: Which smartphone manufacturer is most compatible with Linux?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:09 am 
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Hi Guys,

I'm an iphone user but I see that iTunes isn't supported for linux (I am right aren't I?)

It's time for me to change handset shortly and I'm thinking of getting a different manufacturer's phone like samsung or something. Are there any companies that work better with linux, or that their pc software is linux compatible?

Just thought I'd check cos I do out music on, update the phone OS and take photos of my phone regularly, and am keen to keep the linux buzz going!!

Any advice greatly appreciated! :-)

Thanks,

Barney


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 Post subject: Re: Which smartphone manufacturer is most compatible with Li
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:19 am 
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Non of them (that I'm aware of) seem to make Linux software .. that said, pretty much any Android 4.3+ device should interface with Peppermint 4 through MPFS .. so it will appear like a plugged in hard drive.

I can personally vouch for the HTC One (phone), and Google Nexus 7 (tablet) only .. other than those, once you see one you like, Google

phone make model Ubuntu

to see if anyone else has had problems ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Which smartphone manufacturer is most compatible with Li
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Thanks a million dude!! Shame that they don't sort that out isn't it!! I saw the HTC one in my friend's at the weekend, it's awesome!! Thinking of that or the Samsung S3 note cosa the big screen :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Which smartphone manufacturer is most compatible with Li
PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:09 am 
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I have a client that has an S3 Note, who just so happens to use Peppermint on a couple of his PC's .. so if you are in no hurry, and can wait till I'm over there next, I'll ask him if I can test it.

No promises though .. he may just tell me to sod off ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Which smartphone manufacturer is most compatible with Li
PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:28 pm 
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That's very good of you, if you are sure you wouldn't mind that would be great!! Thanks a million :-) :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Which smartphone manufacturer is most compatible with Li
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Okey dokey .. dunno when I'll get over there next though, but as soon as I do.....

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 Post subject: Re: Which smartphone manufacturer is most compatible with Li
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I have an older, cheap, Huawei smart phone running Gingerbread, and it is "plug-n-play" easy with peppermint 4, and every other distro I've used. Just hook it up to my laptop, a dialogue on the phone appears asking if I want to switch to file transfer mode, hit yes and pcmanfm pops up on the computer with a window for each of my phone's drives. Then, it's all just drag, drop, and delete as needed. It even charges my phone while I'm working too.

If you have a laptop, and are buying a new phone at a store, bring it with and make the sales person earn that commission by testing it for you. Maybe convert them to Linux in the process too

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 Post subject: Re: Which smartphone manufacturer is most compatible with Li
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I think Gingerbread still supported USB mass storage mode

From Android 4.3 (I think) most Android phones (if not all) only do MTP mode.

Peppermint 4 supports MTP out of the box, so *theoretically* all new Android devices *should* work .. but I'd not like to bet on that ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Which smartphone manufacturer is most compatible with Li
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I still have a Palm Pre+ which works easily in USB mode ... runs a recompiled version of linux... still plenty of homebrew hackers trying to keep their beloved phones alive...

article from back in the day http://gizmodo.com/5513510/your-palm-pr ... pplication

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 Post subject: Re: Which smartphone manufacturer is most compatible with Li
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I have got an Android phone running Jelly Bean and it works amazingly well with Linux, you just need to set it to use usb debugging mode.

It is like the phone companies have gone out of their way to make it harder to use their phones on Windows and Mac.. My previous experience of Samsung was waiting for a whole hour for their "suite" to download onto XP, whereas on Linux you just set it to usb debugging and it works no problem.

However, USB debugging is hidden on some newer versions of Android.
Go to settings>about phone>build number.
Tap on build number until it says "you are about to enable developer options" tap it again and they will appear as an option.

Linux and Android go together really well.. as long as you use 13.04/13.10 (presumably Tahr as well when it comes out). Drag and drop FLACs/ebooks/etc. onto your device.. end of story. No spyware installed. No DRM.


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