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postmarketOS Second Beta Release: v21.03

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After months of hard work from our amazing community, we are proud to announce the second beta release of postmarketOS, based on Alpine Linux 3.13. The amount of supported devices has been increased from one (just the PinePhone in v20.05) to no less than eleven - and all of them run a (close to) mainline kernel!
Each device is able to run modern phone shells Phosh, Plasma Mobile and Sxmo. The Nokia N900 is an exception of course, for that one we recommend running i3.

As mentioned in the header of the blog post, in its current state, postmarketOS is for Linux enthusiasts. Expect bugs and help out with fixing them. It's a long hard road to an alternative smartphone OS that doesn't track its users, gives back control and makes a long lifetime feasible. But we are making steady progress, and when compared to when we started out, a huge community has been established - not only within postmarketOS, but also a whole ecosystem of other projects that share the same goal and work together.

Release versions of postmarketOS are best for stability. For the over 250 (!) booting devices in the testing category and rolling release thrills, use postmarketOS edge.

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PostmarketOS now officially supports 11 phones and tablets

  • PostmarketOS now officially supports 11 phones and tablets

    PostmarketOS is a Linux distribution designed for smartphones and tablets that’s been under development since 2017. The operating system can at least boot on 250 different devices, but until recently the only officially supported device was the PinePhone.

    With the release of postmarketOS 21.03 Beta 2, that number is up to eleven, with support for new devices designed to run Linux, like the Purism Librem 5 smartphone and Pine64 PineTab tablet as well as older phones and tablets that originally shipped with Android (or in a few cases, Linux-based operating systems).

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