Tech opinion: we need a Linux of phones
And I don't mean like android or like an actual Linux distribution for phones, I mean the same approach to mobile development that's taken to Linux development, which is make shit that works on the worst of devices, have a million forks for users to pick from, try wacky stuff and weird configurations, and let me touch every single part of my device
@dragon When I looked into PostmarketOS, they support multiple desktops targetted towards phones! One of which, ofcourse, is a commandline.
Apparantly the default is a simple Weston one which I might try first, though there's also ones based on KDE, XFCE, & GNOME.
The issue is that many of those devices are more locked-down than computers were when Linux started. I'm not sure how to correct that...
@alcinnz I don't know how to say this anymore I don't mean a literal Linux distribution for cellphones, a terminal on a phone is cool but absolutely not the way that anyone would want to use a phone, and neither is a desktop!! Linux is not and never was designed to be touch optimized, we need something similar in mindset but absolutely not linux
@dragon I'm by no means against substituting the kernel... I care about software freedom, not a particular kernel!
I would want to keep the FreeDesktop.Org standards though. I see no reason to replace them for phones, and it'd help me develop novel browsers for them.
@alcinnz maybe but it'd need a lot of fundamental changes, we don't deal with data on phones the same way we do with computers at all
@dragon The changes I can see are:
1) Reduced if any need for the MIME info database, and several other specs, due to lack of a user-visible filesystem.
2) Standardize elementary OS's "Contractor" protocol.
Can't see any changes being needed to the very relevant .desktop (app entries), icon themes, Media Player Remote Interfacing Spec, notifications, & AppStream (app repository) specs. Dispatching MIMEtypes/URI schemes to apps is less needed but still useful.
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