Droidcon India 2014

Droidcon India’s fourth edition

Lil'Debi-Running Debian on Android

Submitted by Kumar Sukhani (@kumarsukhani) on Oct 21, 2014

Section: Hardware - full talks Technical level: Advanced Status: Submitted


Lil’Debi is an Android application while allows you to run Debian Operating system in parallel using chroot


Lil’Debi is an Android application while allows you to run Debian Operating system in parallel using chroot. It uses cdebootstrap to build up the disk image, and also provides start and stop methods for handling mounting, fsck, starting/stopping, etc.

It is not simply a chroot manager, but it also transparently integrates Debian and Android, example: If the ssh-server in installed in Debian you can login directly using the phones IP address. The Android devices are also mounted inside the Debian. You can even configure auto start/stop of the Debian OS with Android.

1) install a complete python dev environment on your tablet
2) run a wordpress server with built-in UPS on your old phone

You can apt-get install anything that Debian has to offer, including all sorts of services like HTTP servers, SSH, etc. Here’s the start of a catalog of what’s working now

1) sshd
2) dropbear
3) lighttpd
4) mysqld
5) nginx
6) samba
7) quasselcore

Source code: https://github.com/guardianproject/lildebi

Speaker bio

I am Kumar Sukhani, currently working at Imagination technologies, Pune. I already gave a talk in droidcon 2013[1]. I got a good response of people at that time, so I am planning to again give a talk.
This is an open source project of which I am an active contributor.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRqisHyb674

[2] https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=info.guardianproject.lildebi


  • UJ

    Umang Jaipuria


    5 years ago

    Quick question: how is this relevant to hardware?

  • KS

    Kumar Sukhani


    Proposer 5 years ago

    No system related separate category this time, so after discussing with Tony Simon I submitted the talk under Hardware category.

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