Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Sep 2014 17:22 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

It's been a long while since we announced our Alpha 2 release back in June of 2013, but today after months of very hard work we are very proud and happy to provide our latest release to the community now named "LuneOS".

The first eye catching change is the new name we'll be using for our project going forward. The distribution will be called "LuneOS" instead of "WebOS Ports Open webOS" because it wasn't very catchy. Lune is the French translation of moon and refers to the user interface we all love so much in legacy webOS, LunaSysMgr, which is named after the Latin/Spanish translation of moon.

The release model for LuneOS is a rolling one where each of the releases will get its own name from a list of coffee beverages. This first release is "Affogato".

It only supports the Nexus 4 and HP TouchPad, for now. Their focus is to provide a stable base for these devices, but they won't try to compete feature-for-feature with the likes of Android and iOS. Essentially, it's webOS for those of us who remember the operating system fondly - hopefully with some of the rough spots ironed out.

Interestingly, it makes use of libhybris, which is a contribution from Jolla's Carsten Munk to the mobile world. It allows Wayland to run atop Android GPU drivers. Open source can be a beautiful thing.

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Port to standard PC's
by robertojdohnert on Tue 2nd Sep 2014 19:31 UTC
robertojdohnert
Member since:
2005-07-12

There is a call for a lightweight, highly portable OS like LunaOS for standard PC's. With Android x86 never seeming to be stable enough to get the job done maybe this could be a decent compromise. Either way, good to know its not dead.

Roberto J. Dohnert
Lead Developer
http://www.blacklablinux.org

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RE: Port to standard PC's
by avgalen on Wed 3rd Sep 2014 05:54 in reply to "Port to standard PC's"
avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

What do you mean with "highly portable"? because when I read "It only supports the Nexus 4 and HP TouchPad, for now" that doesn't seem highly portable.

And wouldn't that call for such an OS be better answered by a ChromeBook? It seems that the only people interested in this either want to keep running new software on their old (lightweight by now) hardware or just have a good feeling/experience with a particular OS and want it to run on every piece of hardware that they have

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robertojdohnert Member since:
2005-07-12

Actually no, a Chromebook is not sufficient at all. All your apps are web based and very few people want it. look at the sheer number of people who install alternate OS's on Chromebooks, myself included, to make up for the inefficiencies of the Chromebook.

If LuneOS was to be ported to standard x86 hardware, it would be ideal because as I said there has been a lot of interest in Android x86. Has it produced anything? No. So this would be an option to get that highly portable, resource light OS into consumers hands that they want. App developers would follow.

Roberto J. Dohnert
Lead Developer
http://www.blacklablinux.org

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