If we talk about mobile operating systems in Europe, Android and iOS are the two big references, and it is that practically all the mobiles and almost all the tablets use these operating systems. We know that Huawei is working on a third alternative with Harmony OS, even if its first versions did not give this system a good image because it is based on Android.
Is there room for other systems? Well apparently the folks at Jing OS think so, and it’s that they made their own system and it’s kind of curious. It uses Linux and is deliberately inspired by the iPad OS, the system used by Apple tablets. Still, it is promising.
The iPad operating system and the Linux based clone that could be a great Android alternative
Tablets are a device with great potential that is not always used well. The Windows experience on tablets leaves a lot to be desired, Android has a big presence and good performance but it doesn’t have much priority for Google and although Apple does a great job with the iPad, the lack of competition. is negative for users.
In the last few hours, we got to know Jing OS, a Linux based distro that was designed with tablets as its primary focus. Its creators are proud to be the first Linux distribution based on the iPad OS styleBecause if you have to copy, you better copy something that looks appealing, right?
Beyond a very neat interface, this system has native apps that follow the same design language, matching animations and icons, and features like multi-touch gesture support, both on screen and on the computer trackpad.
When it comes to apps, the Jing OS team created the basic apps like browser, file app or calendar (among others) but being Linux based it is compatible with traditional desktop apps, such as Visual Studio Code, Libre Office and any application available for Linux.
This isn’t the first Linux distro to take inspiration from Apple (Elementary OS is a great example for taking inspiration from Mac OS), but the project is still remarkable. One of Apple’s strengths is the company’s good taste in creating a sleek system interface. It is always good to have alternatives that are part of this good taste and to apply it to projects that offer a freer alternative.
Beyond creating its first version for tablets that you can test if you have a Surface Pro 6 or a Huawei Matebook 14 with touchscreen, the team that created this system is planning to release a version of its system for devices. mobiles by the end of 2021, for which aspires not only to be an alternative to the iPad, but also to Android mobiles. We will only know in time whether or not they will achieve these ambitions, but for now, it is promising.
Jing OS official page.
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