F-Droid is an installable catalogue of FOSS applications for the Android platform. Apps I like:

Sometimes I like to document their features quickly, so I run them on a laptop.

Zen Linux

Zen is a result of a collaborative effort of kernel hackers to provide the best Linux kernel possible for everyday systems.

Install linux-zen kernel compiled with ashmem and binderfs:

sudo pacman -S linux-zen linux-zen-headers

Disclaimer: Consider doing research before using non-default linux kernel.

GRUB bootloader

Re-generate GRUB entries including linux-zen:

sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

Reboot and choose zen-linux kernel in the GRUB menu. Verify the zen kernel is booted:

$ uname -r

The version will be different, depending on the actual release.


Also verify that the kernel was configured properly:

$ zgrep -e ASHMEM -e BINDER /proc/config.gz

Anbox requires a binderfs directory, create it at boot setting up /etc/tmpfiles.d/anbox.conf :

d! /dev/binderfs 0755 root root

Mount the binderfs mountpoint created above at boot as well via /etc/fstab:

none  /dev/binderfs   binder  nofail  0 0

Including nofail option makes for a smooth boot, as the host system does not depend on Anbox.

Anbox with Houdini

Anbox is a container-based software for running Android on GNU/Linux distributions.

Install Anbox image with Houdini (used for x86_64 hosts, so most laptops):

yay -S anbox-git anbox-image-houdini

Enable Anbox service:

sudo systemctl enable --now anbox-container-manager.service

Create a bridged network:

nmcli con add type bridge ifname anbox0 -- connection.id anbox-net ipv4.method shared ipv4.addresses

Open Anbox window.

F-Droid inside Anbox

Download F-Droid files:

wget https://f-droid.org/F-Droid.apk && https://f-droid.org/F-Droid.apk.asc

Verify the package's integrity:

gpg --auto-key-retrieve --verify F-Droid.apk.asc

Make sure the Good signature is displayed and the Fingerprint matches F-Droid releases.


Install adb from android-tools:

sudo pacman -S android-tools

Now install F-Droid into Anbox:

adb install F-Droid.apk

Launch F-Droid in Anbox, wait till the repositories synchronize, install favorite apps and run them on Arch!

This is a 36th post of #100daystooffload.