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Just found the tag and the excerpt said:

[...] (Note that running Linux distros on Android is off-topic.) [...]

I can't grasp the reason for that, especially from the name of the community.

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Chenmunka's answer already gave the correct reasoning:

If you are running a variety of Linux on your hardware, then you are almost certainly not running Android.

However, questions regarding the installation of Linux-based OS on Android devices are still on-topic (e.g. Linux Deploy). It is when the questions are about operating them, that's where the questions are off-topic because it is not about Android anymore, and the community lacks expertise about it.

As such, I've updated the excerpt to

Note that questions purely about operating Linux-based OS on Android devices are off-topic.

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The wording could be improved. It would be clearer if it said something like:

Questions regarding replacing Android with Linux distros are off-topic.

If you are running a variety of Linux on your hardware, then you are almost certainly not running Android.

This site is for Android, so putting Android onto a Linux box is on-topic, but not the other way around.

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    I think I quite agree although I disagree
    – imbr
    Nov 13, 2021 at 18:50
  • You proclaim this, but has this been established as true? If so, it would be a good place to link to that discussion. Apr 26, 2023 at 22:40
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there are no linux "distros" one can install on any smartphone. linux has to be build especially for that device, like custom ROM and any other firmware for embedded devices - and therefore on top of android kernel. have a look into Ubuntu touch you will notice it is just a chroot on android.

questions are better placed on Android Enthusiasts than on the Unix & Linux site.

https://www.xda-developers.com/ubuntu-touch-next-generation-os-or-just-another-skin

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