postmarketOS 23.06 arrives with improvements in the environments and more


postmarketOS, is a free and open source software operating system in development primarily for smartphones and tablets, based on Alpine Linux.​

The launch of the new version of postmarketOS 23.06 was announced, a version in which various improvements and updates were received in the desktop environments, in addition to the compilation for the PineTab was excluded in this release, among other things.

For those who are unaware of postmarketOS, they should know that the objective of the project is provide a linux distribution for smartphones that does not depend on the official firmware support life cycle and is not tied to the standard solutions of the main players in the industry that set the development vector.

The postmarket environmentOS is as unified as possible and puts all device-specific components in a separate package, all other packages are identical for all devices and are based on Alpine Linux packages.

Main novelties of postmarketOS 23.06

In this new version of postmarketOS 23.06, the developers focused a large part of their work on the implementation of the improvements in the environments, since this release highlights that implemented the ability to use the GNOME Mobile user environment, which uses an edition of GNOME Shell, adapted for use on touchscreen smartphones and tablets.

The GNOME Mobile components in postmarketOS 23.06 are based on the GNOME Shell 44 branch of Git, plus a mobile version of the GNOME Software app has been prepared to manage app installation.

As for the Phosh environment, based on GNOME technologies and developed by Purism for the Librem 5 smartphone, it has been updated to version 0.26. Compared to the previous version of postmarketOS, in this release Phosh has added a new plugin to display information about the user and emergency calls, plugins can set their own settings, the design of the quick launch menu has been updated, animation of icons in the status bar has been implemented, and the configurator has been improved.

As for the KDE Plasma Mobile, in this postmarketOS 23.06 release updated to version 5.27.5 (version 5.26.5 was previously shipped), which includes a detailed revision of the previously released one, plus the interface of the program for sending SMS/MMS has been changed.

Also sexmo (Simple X Mobile), based on the Sway composite manager and adhering to the Unix philosophy, received an update, which is version 1.14, in which the processing of switching to sleep mode has been redesigned, the sxmobar panel has been used for the status bar, the icons in the status bar have been replaced, components for working with MMS and records.

Of the other changes that stand out in this new version:

  • By default, installing files with translations is implemented and the base locale is changed from C.UTF-8 to en_US.UTF-8.
  • The ability to distribute the Internet to other devices via a USB port (USB tethering) has been put into operation.
  • In installation images, the minimum password size has been reduced from 8 to 6 characters.
  • An out-of-the-box sound and backlight control has been implemented in the PineBook Pro smartphone.
  • By default, the mobile version of the Evince app is used to view documents.

Finally it is mentioned that in this release the number of officially supported devices by the community has not changed, since remains as in the previous version, 31 supported devices were declared, but a device was removed and a device was added.

The device in question is the PINE64 PineTab that has been delisted, since it has run out of maintainer. However, the components for compatibility with PINE64 PineTab they remain in the development branch and can be moved back to the stable branch if a maintainer appears. Among the new devices on the list is the Samsung Galaxy Grand Max smartphone.

If you are interested in knowing more about it, you can consult the details In the following link.

Download and get

Finally if you are interested in being able get this new version, you should know that builds are ready for PINE64 PinePhone, Purism Librem 5 and 25 community supported devices including Samsung Galaxy A3/A5/S4, Xiaomi Mi Note 2/Redmi 2, OnePlus 6, Lenovo A6000, ASUS MeMo Pad 7 and even Nokia N900. In addition, limited experimental support has been provided for more than 300 devices.

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