Turn Android smartphones into Linux desktops; open-source Maru OS makes it possible

By: | Updated: August 30, 2016 2:26 PM

Smartphone manufacturers in a bid to turn smartphones into a fully PC have been trying to implement a variety of ideas. Maru OS, with its attempt with Android, is the latest to join the selected few.

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Smartphone manufacturers in a bid to turn smartphones into a fully PC have been trying to implement a variety of ideas. Maru OS, with its attempt with Android, is the latest to join the selected few. Motorola was the first who tried it with the Atrix laptop dock. It was followed by Microsoft trying it out with Windows phones which can dock into an ARM windows environment. Even Canonical made its attempt with an OS called Ubuntu unity. Maru OS has been developed by Preetam D’Souza. The most interesting this about the Maru OS is that it is very different from all others. Most of the others rely on one operating system and with different UI and hardware.

Maru OS, in turn, makes it possible to use different OS – Android on the smartphone and Debian Linux on the PC. Though both of them share connecting hardware, processing power and storage on the smartphone yet they in itself are separate pieces of hardware. Unlike other attempts before, it is possible with Maru OS to run both the PC and smartphone environment simultaneously on the PC monitor and the phone which is docked. Even the keyboard and mouse are needed to be attached over Bluetooth.

Even though there are no useless add-ons to both the OS, there are a few glitches. The Android which comes is Lollypop which was launched by Android even before the previous Marshmellow version. Also the fact that it only works currently only on the Nexus 5, doesn’t help the cause. There is an absence of outside dock which makes it difficult to connect other desktop components like and external HDD or internet lines.

But the positive thing is that everything about this method is Open-source. Android, Debian and Maro OS, all of them are ‘open-source’. Adding to the idea of open-source, the developer who had announced the project earlier this year uploaded his program codes are available on GitHub. That means they are open to more ideas to improve the OS, in a community environment. As adding more devices in the list should be a priority as of now, let’s hope that more developers get on board with the project.

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