As a PineTab user, I have to admit that this project caught my attention when I first read about it. In the beginning, and how we explain less than two weeks ago, it was designed with convertibles in mind, and support is only confirmed on two of them, but JingOS it is something with a lot of visual appeal, it is functional and I cannot deny that I would like to try it on my tablet.
For a few hours, another episode of this story has been available: JingOS now available in Alpha 1 form, although it is not as we would like to many. All information is available at this link of the project forum, where we also have the download link… That asks us for a name and an email to put us on a waiting list. For everything else, they have provided new information, such as included software and what to expect in future versions.
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What's included in JingOS 0.6
What they have released, and what we can download when it is our turn to waiting list, it's JingOS 0.6, and it includes things like:
- The JingOS desktop, which includes its lock screen, control center, notification center, and task manager.
- Own applications for tablet:
- Voice notes.
- Media player.
- KDE Apps:
- System preferences.
- WPS Office and Chromium installed by default.
- Gestures on the touch panel and on the same screen, for now on the Surface Pro 6 and Huawei MateBook 14.
- Optimized the touch driver for the Surface Pro 6.
It is important to mention that the language supported by the system is only English. In the case of Linux, it is possible to put other apps in other languages, but not any of JingOS itself.
Preparing for v0.7 and v0.8
- JinOS App Store.
- Service over the air, which is known as OTA (Over The Air).
- Dozens of new stylish controllers based on Plasma Mobile.
- Compatibility with Linux desktop applications will be improved.
- Virtual keyboard, system preferences, file manager, etc, from JingOS.
- Other changes to be announced later.
Will it make it to the PineTab?
I wouldn't bet on it. The team plans to release a stable version of JingOS in March, and they have plans to release an ARM version of the operating system, but it would initially be used in a tablet that prepares the project. Considering that your intention is to sell your own tablet, it is difficult to be optimistic, but it cannot be ruled out 100%. In any case, we will know more details next March.