I recently installed zorin OS on an old PC and it works good as new now. I'm looking for alternatives to my galaxy tab s3 that is very slow and has a lot of apps and functions I don't really use (only for PDF reading, PDFs that I have on a Dropbox account, so I only really need Dropbox access and pdf reader).
I was thinking about installing zorin os or another distro or even a non-linux alternative to the original OS on this tablet. I think it's a good tablet that can be saved.
I wanted to know if I could.
You know how a Zorin OS install usually takes maybe 40 minutes at most... Well, that one took me about a week. A week of figuring out how to patch compatibility and adding other software to enable being able to install Zorin - I needed a lot of extra stuff.
And it worked. My finger on the touchscreen moved a tiny little mouse on the screen.
It was not winning any speed races... But it was not super sluggish or anything. It worked just fine.
I did not find it usable. The resolution was pretty much the same as it would be on a desktop computer, but on a 5inch screen. Typing meant pulling up the on screen keyboard which overlay across the screen during the duration of typing (or should I say pecking at tiny little letters). It was hard to read.
So it was a frustrating, boundary pushing yet fun project. But not one I care to repeat since it was not rewarding in functionality, only in brain swelling.
You mean that you tried making an OS compiling procedure? I read on some OS pages that despite some specific devices aren't supported yet users can anyway compile the OS by their own to fit their own devices specs.
By the way, none of them are what I'd do, because surely I'd have no patience in compiling, I ultimately have no experience and then I'd never smash something for such reasons . The maximum I'd do would be tapping a lot on the phone. Well, it's what many people do when the phone hangs.