Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 27th May 2017 09:33 UTC
Linux

It is 2017. Pick an average PC from 2007 and install a minimal GNU/Linux based operating system. You will be able to do basic computing tasks (eg. surfing the web, reading E-Mails, listening to music, chatting) just like on an expensive modern PC. You will even get security updates, so your old computer is protected, just like as a new one.

postmarketOS (I love the name) aims to do the same for smartphones. A small Linux distribution with a phone interface, designed to be easy to update and maintain to solve the problems Android poses in this area. The project is in its infancy, so it needs a lot of help to further realise its vision.

This is a great idea, and it could breathe life into devices not even LineageOS can keep alive.

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Thank You For Finding This
by Pro-Competition on Sat 27th May 2017 22:54 UTC
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Thanks for finding and posting this, Thom. I never would have found this on my own.

This is a very worthy goal, for environmental and other reasons, and the approach looks good. I am about to replace my Galaxy S2 "daily driver", and I will definitely give this a try. (Also mentioned in the blog post, the "Replicant" project (https://www.replicant.us/) looks interesting too.)

One possibility that I would love to see is a Genode-on-Linux experiment on a phone. (This is not an area I understand well, but some of these recent initiatives seem like they would make this easier.)

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