KDE developer Bhushan Shah recently posted a photo on Twitter showing the pineine open source Linux smart machine running interface. KDE Plasma Mobile is known to be an open source user interface designed for small-screen devices such as mobile phones and tablets. Today’s mainstream Linux distributions are available on KDE Plasma Mobile, including KDE Neon, Debian GNU/Linux, and postmarketOS.
(Pictured from @BhushanNShan)
Of these three, developers recommend using the KDE neon Linux distribution on supported devices to run the latest KDE Plasma Mobile user interface perfectly — at least on the upcoming PinePhone open source Linux smartphone.
It is reported that The PinePhone will begin to accept bookings on November 15. But last month, it was reported that PINE 64’s Pine Phone had been hacked by members of the UBsports community to run his family’s Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system.
It’s obviously good news for the Linux community to have an alternative, especially since the device costs just $149 (1046 RMB).
(Screenshot via Softpedia)
For now, PinePhone will be a great alternative to Purism’s privacy-focused Librem 5 Linux smartphone, which has more powerful components and cleaner features, but is also more expensive.
If you only need an easy-to-use Linux smartphone that runs KDE Plasma Mobile or Ubuntu Touch, PinePhone is a good choice.
If all goes well, the aircraft will begin shipping to bookcustomers between December 2019 and January 2020. The production version may have to wait until early March 2020, so developers still have plenty of time to further optimize.