Linux distro for smartphones postmarketOS runs on 112 devices

Jan

18

2019

PostmarketOS, a Linux distro for old smartphones and tablets whose support has ceased, can now boot on 112 different devices. The developers let that know, now that the initiative exists six hundred days.

The fact that postmarketOS starts up does not mean that it is ready for daily use. That is far from the case, the developers acknowledge . So you can only start a phone call from the Nexus 5 via a Terminal command and audio does not work yet. None of the 112 devices is ready for daily use.

The intention of postmarketOS is to give phones a lifespan of ten years by continuing to provide updates. This only happens with open source software. This makes the development difficult and time-consuming, because an open source variant must be created for all closed code of smartphones and tablets. This should not only be done for things like input via the touchscreen, but also for audio, camera and sensors.

For apps, users are dependent on Linux applications. It is unknown if and when postmarketOS on a device will be usable as a daily smartphone. There is also a variant of the Necuno NC_1 with postmarketOS, although it is unknown whether it will be called postmarketOS on that phone or another name that radiates from the release on the device.

PostMarketOS on Nexus 5
Nexus 5 with postmarketOS

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