KDE is working on Android runtime “normal” Linux Desktop Systems




The KDE community has Sunday at the annual Akademy developer meeting an Android runtime announced for regular Linux systems. The runtime should gradually apps for Google’s mobile operating system even easier to turn on other devices.

KDE logo The KDE developers announced the runtime for “normal” Linux systems – shashlik – Sunday in the Spanish La Coruña. According to one of the developers, the Nijmegen resident Sebastian Kugler, the runtime must ensure that Android apps easier to turn the Plasma Desktop and Plasma recently introduced Mobile.

According to the KDE developers are Linux distributions for desktop and Android different under the hood. Although they use the same kernel, but the software layers above it works in a different way. The result is that Android specific software is not as easy to port to other Linux systems.

“The idea is that you install the shashlik runtime and then sorts written for Android apps on your computer or smartphone can run,” Kugler so let it be known to Tweakers. The KDE runtime operates according to him differently than those of competitors. “Shashlik is completely free software – and this is new, the runtimes for BlackBerry Jolla and smartphones are not free, which is the range for users is limited..”

Shashlik is still developing. According to Kugler certain things have been working, but the runtime is still not operational. “We expect in the coming weeks to present the first apps that run on shashlik. A major problem was the integration of SurfaceFlinger with Wayland. The graphics stacks are quite different, so there was an integration layer for that.”

The development of shashlik could have major implications for future devices running the Linux Kernel, which now also under attack smart watches and televisions. The runtime does in any case that there are Android apps to Saturday presented Plasma Phone OS, with the Plasma Mobile gui, come. Thus the operating system is not only based on native apps, which a lot of manpower is needed. Kugler: “This solves the chicken-and-egg problem.”

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