Where's the desktop? From the reviews and author's notes, I can see that the passion for the app is there. However, it is not as simple as Linux Deploy to set up a full desktop, and it looks like it takes 2x the space as Linux Deploy if you want Gimp, FF, LibreOffice, etc. Maybe I'll figure this out one day.
Many thanks for your GNURoot Debian! It saved me from buying one more notebook - instead I reused my nexus 10 tablet. The idea to run full blown Linux in chrooted environment (prooted) and start Xvnc server and VNC reader to access it is brilliant.
Finally a Linux emulator that actually works! Found out many Linux emulators, including the well-known "Linux Deploy". But nothing was as convenient and amazing like this. Great Job developers. Just a request: Ctrl and Alt key should be added as virtual buttons. Thanks though:)
Great application for power users who need a fairly complete Linux environment. It also exercises a sane approach to extensibility: if you need an application not included in the initial install (initial roots image), simply download it from debian repos. But please remember that while the app itself may be considered "secure" (being somehow reviewed by the Play Store), the additional software that you install is NOT necessarily trusted. Therefore, verify carefully the debian signing keys.
I loved this app on Marshmallow. I was able to test scripts that required seeing running processes. Since Nougat, I can no longer see running processes with ps -ef. That is most likely Nougat problem. However, this app can't see /storage which is my external sdcard. That is not a Nougat issue as termux and termius can see /storage. I hope there is something the devs can do to resolve those issues.
This has made my Lenovo YogaBook infinitely more usable. Deployment was straightforward and it didn't take long to get a LXDE desktop up and running. As the YogaBook is based on an x86 processor the range of software available is probably greater than you would get with ARM based devices. The Debian environment is fast and seems to be stable, the builtin keyboard and trackpad on the YogaBook work in the desktop environment which means I now have a mini Linux tablet. A note for anyone trying this - there is no built in desktop environment so you will need to install another app for that and simply export your desktop environment, it's an extra step but still very simple.
1) Fix various PRoot issues. Thanks to Vladimir Serbinenko.
2) Most significant change is that umask system calls are fully emulated now