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postmarketOS // Release: v21.12

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It's the end of another year, and we're happy to announce the v21.12 release of postmarketOS, based on Alpine Linux 3.15!

Thanks to our amazing contributors, the amount of supported devices has been increased to 23 (from 15 in v21.06). As in previous releases, we ship pre-built images for phones and tablets with the mobile-optimized Phosh, Plasma Mobile and Sxmo interfaces. Other form factors, such as the PineBook Pro get images with different interfaces as it makes sense. In the picture above it runs Plasma Desktop, and besides that we have Gnome, Sway, Phosh and Console. Find all images at the download page.

v21.12, like previous releases, is geared mainly towards Linux enthusiasts; it may be a bit rough around the edges so expect some bugs. Help identifying and resolving issues is always greatly appreciated.

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postmarketOS 21.12 improves Firefox UI and support -

  • postmarketOS 21.12 improves Firefox UI and support -

    Has recently appeared postmarketOS 21.12, which is based on Alpine Linux 3.15 and comes to expand the number of supported devices and with improvements to the user interface, the support of virtual consoles and the adaptation of Firefox.

    We have not dedicated an entry to postmarketOS for a long time, that Linux operating system that aims to greatly extend the useful life of smarpthones, a type of device that has ended up in a high percentage crushed by the aggressive policies of programmed obsolescence of the corporations .

    The first thing that stands out from postmarketOS 21.12 is the addition of support for new devices, among which are the PineBook Pro by PINE64, the tablets Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 and Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7, in addition to the smarpthone Xiaomi Pocophone F1. However, there is also one loss to be regretted, that of the Nokia N900, which has been dropped from the list of officially supported devices because most of the people who contribute to postmarketOS are focused on other newer devices.

    Regarding user interfaces, first of all we find Sxmo 1.6, the latest version of a simple graphical environment that works on mobiles with Linux. It offers sessions on Xorg and Wayland and it seems that since the last version was released it has received major improvements.

Mobile Linux postmarketOS v21.12 supports more devices

  • Mobile Linux postmarketOS v21.12 supports more devices

    A slim and pure Linux operating system on the smartphone, tablet or ARM notebook – postmarketOS delivers exactly that. The open source operating system is primarily aimed at Linux enthusiasts. The recently released version postmarketOS 21.12 is based on Alpine Linux 3.15 and has three updated user interfaces optimized for mobile devices.

    Changes under the hood

    postmarketOS also contains some useful extensions. Sometimes the GUI gets stuck or a terminal stops responding. With a keyboard you can then quickly open a new terminal with a key combination and, for example, complete or restart processes. With the built-in TTYescape it works on the smartphone or tablet by pressing the volume down button, clicking the power button three times and finally releasing the volume button.

    The Phosh user interface – a mobile-optimized variant of the GNOME Shell – does not hide apps that are not optimized for mobile devices in the app list. This so-called app drawer filter can be used with postmarketos-tweaks in Version 0.9.0 switch off via GUI. On some devices they also support the adjustment of the suspend timeout for deep sleep modes and now set it down by default from 15 to 2 minutes – that saves a lot of battery. The developers describe further small adjustments in their PostmarketOS release announcement December 21st.

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