Sometime ago there was a discussion on this list about the feasibility of
running gretl on Android. I have been looking at some of the recent
developments on the Google play store. In particular the app GNURoot
provides a method to install and run Linux applications on an Android
device without needing to root the device. One then installs a Linux
rootfs. I installed the Debian Wheezy rootfs app from the play store. Using
this I have installed R, emacs, ess and gretl using standard apt-get. The R
inferior process works with emacs. As regards gretl gretlcli works as
expected but gretl_x11 can not start the display.
This was done on a Kobo Arc running Android 4.1.1. The author of these
apps has a good version of Octave and various octave packages available on
the play store. There is also a version of Maxima for Octave available.
Proof of what can be done? Personally I will not be selling my laptop or
desktop and moving to Android in the short run.
John C Frain
3 Aranleigh Park