Linux-based postmarketOS project aims to give smartphones a 10-year lifecycle

Linux-based postmarketOS project aims to give smartphones a 10-year lifecycle

By | August 20th, 2017
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The folks behind postmarketOS want to develop a Linux-based alternative to

Android with the goal of providing up to 10 years of support for old

smartphones.


														
							

Right now postmarketOS is a touch-friendly operating system based on Alpine Linux that runs on a handful of devices including the Samsung Galaxy NexusGoogle Nexus 4, 5, and 7 (2012), and several other Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, and Sony smartphones. There are also ports for some non-Android phones such as the Nokia N900 and work-in-progress builds for the BlackBerry Bolt Touch 9900 and Jolla Phone.

Note that when I say the operating system runs on those devices, I basically mean it boots. Some phones only have network access via a USB cable, for instance. None of the devices can actually be used to make phone calls.

But here’s the cool thing: the developers are hoping to create a single kernel that works with all supported devices, which means that postmarketOS would work a lot like a desktop operating system, allowing you to install the same OS on any smartphone with the proper hardware. You might still need a bit of custom code for each device, but a shared kernel should make porting postmarketOS to new devices a lot simpler.

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Nisheeth Bhakuni