More competitors to keep Linux alive in the mobile sector

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We have already spoken in LxA about various projects of mobiles with Linux. More and more new projects are being added to expand the possibilities with this type of device. We all know projects like OpenMoko, Greenphone, LiMo, projects like Moblin, MeeGo, Mer, Firefox OS, Tizen, Sailfish, Ubuntu Touch, LineageOS, Replicant, PrivateOS, some of them already abandoned and of which we have spoken at length in this Blog. We have also known other interesting hardware projects for this type of mobile devices, etc. Well, the possibilities in this sector continue to increase.

We recently met the famous ZeroPhone created by the Hackaday project for DiY and based on the famous Raspberry Pi Zero board as the basis for this modular mobile phone that you can assemble yourself. It is an open source hardware with which to practice and entertain yourself for a modest price of $ 50. We also talked about Librem 5, a smartphone with a 5 ″ screen and some decent remaining hardware that Purism has created. Librem 5 is oriented towards security and privacy as its main philosophy, and based on Linux as it is based on the fantastic project Plasma Mobile, the operating system for mobile devices from KDE. All this gives hope and could keep alive other projects like Sailfish, the famous Linux-based operating system for mobile devices from the Finnish Jolla, WebOS / LuneOS, which has been so well received by LG, or Tizen by Samsung, etc. Removing the missing projects mentioned in the first paragraph, I have to say that now we have seen new equally interesting ones like PostmakertOS, Halium, etc., even other Android variants that you will already know as well.

PostmarketOS is in an early stage of development and built with compatibility for all Android devices. It currently has very basic functionality and only works on Nexus and other models. On the other hand we also have the new project halium, with a different approach. It is also in a very early stage, but it is another distribution but a framework for mobiles designed to reduce code duplication and fragmentation with different Linux-based mobile operating systems, therefore a great idea that can nurture other systems. .

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