postmarketOS 21.12 brings support for more devices, GNOME 41 apps and Sxmo on Wayland

It’s six months after postmarketOS 21.06, so it’s time for another big update which offers support for more devices, the latest mobile desktop environments, improvements, bug fixes and up-to-date components. Here is postmarketOS 21.12, based on Alpine Linux 3.15.

The wait is over and the good news is that you can now install postmarketOS on nine new devices, including the Arrow DragonBoard 410c, ODROID HC2 and RockPro64 development boards, PineBook Pro laptop, Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 and Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 tablets, as well as Lenovo A6000, Lenovo A6010 and Xiaomi Pocophone F1 smartphones. On the other hand, the new release drops support for the Nokia N900 smartphone.

Probably the main attraction is that of PINE64 PineBook Pro ARM Laptop, which now has official postmarketOS graphics with various interfaces, including the KDE Plasma and GNOME desktops, as well as Sway, Phosh, and Console interfaces.

postmarketOS 21.12 ships with the usual mobile-optimized Phosh (GNOME), KDE Plasma Mobile and Sxmo interfaces. As expected, these have been updated to support the latest and greatest upstream releases.

For example, the GNOME-based Phosh interface now supports the latest GNOME 41 apps, Plasma Mobile UI is now supported by the latest Plasma Mobile Gear 21.12″ software suite and the Sxmo interface has been ported to Wayland.

New features in this release include TTYescape, a handy tool that uses hardware keys on devices with a physical keyboard to quickly send you to a second TTY so you can launch an onscreen keyboard. This is useful when you need to perform recovery from situations where your only choice was to force reboot the device. TTYescape works with all three interfaces, KDE Plasma Mobile, Phosh and Sxmo.

Furthermore, postmarketOS Tweaks has been updated to version 0.9.0, a release that allows you to control the app drawer filter in the Phosh interface and promises greatly improved battery life on devices that can go into deep sleep if the suspend timeout is set, which is now defaults to 2 minutes.

Also updated are the postmarketos-mkinitfs boot file generator tool, which is now more reliable when updating the kernel and initramfs, as well as the mobile-config-firefox tool, which now has a bottom navigation bar and comes with the uBlock Origin add standard installed.

postmarketOS 21.12 can be downloaded from the official website for a total of 23 officially supported devices. This is of course for new installs as existing postmarketOS users can upgrade after this ininstructions.

Apart from the newly added devices mentioned above, you can also install postmarketOS on ASUS MeMo Pad 7, BQ Aquaris X5, Motorola Moto G4 Play, OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T, PinePhone, PineTab, Purism Librem 5, Samsung Galaxy A3 (2015), Samsung Galaxy A5 (2015), Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Value Edition, Wileyfox Swift, Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and Xiaomi Redmi 2.

Image Credits: postmarketOS (edited by Marius Nestor)

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