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.
I can see how this could be useful for the developing world, but why not just use an older version of Android. Say, the one it shipped with.
You could even grab the sources to Android 2.x and branch it. Get all the advantages of Android, with its’ plethora of apps, but also get the advantages of modern security fixes.
Old software isn’t bead because it’s old, it’s bad because it’s insecure. Fix all the security holes, and you’ll have a usable OS for these old phones
EDIT: maybe i shoiuld RTFA
Edited 2017-05-27 10:50 UTC