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PostmarketOS in 2020-02 (postmarketos.org)
18 points by ollieparanoid on Feb 17, 2020 | hide | past | favorite | 6 comments

This is a great project. I've put it on my old tablet and it's surprisingly quick. Sadly, it's an old ARMv7 chip so there's not a lot of Alpine packages compiled for it and the graphics aren't hardware accelerated; would be nice to run Firefox...

I wish manufacturers would upstream their changes but that's probably never going to happen. Now my tablet is running Linux 3.0 so it won't even boot systemd let alone anything that requires GPU acceleration.

I also noticed the weird partition schema Android uses (6 different partitions larger than 100MB on my tablet) doesn't play well with normal operating systems. I don't know how many partitions are required to get the system booting so I can't really remove any.

That all being said, the devices running mainline are doing great on pmOS. I admire the people who build on the open source GPU code, I'd have no idea where to even start working on something like that.

I hope this project will be as successful as some of the custom ROM communities in a few years time when the project has had time to smoothen things out.

> @afontain has impressive results to show regarding Anbox: the Android compatibility layer, that was never tested much outside of Ubuntu, is for the first time running on postmarketOS / Alpine Linux!

It's great to see this. With Anbox, Linux phones will gain access to a large selection of Android apps, which would make it easier for people to make the switch from Android/iOS.

Just a rant - I know why we need it, but I wish mobile OSes like Sailfish OS or postmarketOS didn't require crap like "Android compatibility layers", especially when we are turning to them to get away from Android in the first place!

If it makes you feel better: this will always be optional, and we strongly advise against using Android apps on postmarketOS unless there is no alternative for one's use case.

With that being said, I find this an incredible technical achievement by Antoine Fontaine. I've tried to run it on postmarketOS myself, and ran into all kinds of problems with LXC and what not (since Ubuntu used another version than Alpine, at least at that point in time). All I got was this loading screen: https://postmarketos.org/static/img/2018-06/anbox-starting.j...

Why does Hacker News auto-capitalize the first letter? It's "postmarketOS" with a lowercase p, just like blink-182.

this is really impressive.

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