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postmarketOS – A Linux Distribution for Mobile Devices

postmarketOS Linux Distro for Mobiles
Written by Martins D. Okoi

Not too long ago, I published an article on TecMint about 13 Most Promising New Linux Distributions to Look Forward in 2019 in which I listed a distro for mobile phones, Bliss OS.

Today, I introduce to you a free, open source, and futuristic project that aims to bring mobile devices together in one swoop.

postmarketOS is a touch-optimized, security-focused, and pre-configured Alpine-based Linux distribution created to be compatible with several old and new devices.

Below is an introduction from the developers themselves,

We are sick of not receiving updates shortly after buying new phones. Sick of the walled gardens deeply integrated into Android and iOS. That’s why we are developing a sustainable, privacy and security-focused free software mobile OS that is modelled after traditional Linux distributions. With privilege separation in mind. Let’s keep our devices useful and safe until they physically break!

The postmarketOS vision is for each phone running the OS to have only one unique package while sharing all others among all devices. You can read more about this in the article on how the developers are aiming for a 10-year life-cycle for smartphones.

It is possible to spin postmarketOS up in a virtual machine on your PC if you fancy that type of thing. The directions to do so are published here.

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You should note that postmarketOS is in Alpha stage and the distro is currently deemed suitable for hackers as calls and SMS don’t work, etc. And as long as it is in an experimental stage the only thing you can use it for as a general user is test its capabilities.

The project has come a long way within the last year so it isn’t a crime to think that it will be released for public use by mobile phones and tablets sooner or later.

postmarketOS isn’t the first to come up with this idea and LineageOS is one example that comes to mind.

Do you think postmarketOS brings new features to the party? Share your thoughts with us in the section below.

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.