Pineloader, a new multibootloader for your Linux phone

BQ Aquaris Ubuntu Edition

At the moment phones with Ubuntu Touch do not have the possibility of developing basic applications such as WhatsApp

As we all know, the world of Linux phones is evolving and probably in a few years we will be ready to make it a real alternative to iOS and Android.

Meanwhile, Linux on phones continues to gain more traction with fresh projects showing new capabilities not possible on other mobile platforms.

Recently, PinePhone has received a new bootloader that allows you to have several operating systems on the same phone. In other words, Pineloader is a multibootloader that allows the user to choose which operating system they want to use when they turn on their mobile.

A photo posted on Twitter shows Pineloader in action, allowing you to choose between four different operating systems, Ubuntu Touch, postmarketOS, Sailfish OS and Houng Tram Linux.

To select the operating system of your choice, just use the volume buttons and confirm with the off button.

While this doesn't sound like great news, in fact, it is, a multibootloader opens the door to many other PinePhone-based projects.

For now, the world of Linux on phones seems focused on enthusiasts and advanced users, it will be a few years before mass users see it as an alternative to iOS and Android.

Fortunately, it seems that developers are moving in the right direction, so we have to keep our hopes pinned on them and think that Linux on mobile will eventually become commonplace.


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