diyinius2
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New Mobile OS made from scratch on a Raspberry Pi

Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:22 pm

We have been working on a new mobile OS (which also has a desktop mode) for a while now. We decided that Raspberry Pi was the best platform to build on because of all the amazing things the Foundation has been able to accomplish on all this time.

Like I said, the OS is made from scratch on a Raspberry Pi, we did this in order to force ourselves to make things as efficient as possible. Doing cross-platform builds can save time, but it may also cause to loose perspective on speed capabilities. As a side note, in case someone asks, the OS doesn't run on X11 or Wayland, this should give you an idea about how much we are saving on overhead... I mean, this fella runs nicely on a Pi Zero! ;) We'll be writing an article about this.

We're starting to write articles, take pictures, screenshots, and videos, as we're preparing to launch. Our first article is on Medium: https://medium.com/@diyinius/we-couldnt ... 2368c3811e, here we describe one of our main drivers for doing this. If you could take a look, share your opinions and maybe give us a clap that would be awesome.

We also created a GoFundMe campaign to help speed up wrapping up the 1st release, so any support you could give would be highly appreciated: https://www.gofundme.com/diyinius-alter ... nd-devices.

We will be posting updates on Twitter (https://twitter.com/diyinius) as we make progress, if you can follow us there it would be a great boost to our morale.

We really think Raspberry Pi is the platform of the future, we hope our OS brings in a modern alternative to the options out there, one that can demonstrate all the things that the Raspberrys are capable of, but few are aware of.

Thanks!

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DaveyDave1999
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Re: New Mobile OS made from scratch on a Raspberry Pi

Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:33 pm

Images from the post he linked:
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Made from scratch? Impressive my dude. It already looks quite nice actually 8-) .

Just a tip tho.. I think this icon pack would suite your project better :)
https://www.iconfinder.com/iconsets/tango
Keep up the good work!
Blog about Raspberries coming soon...

diyinius2
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Re: New Mobile OS made from scratch on a Raspberry Pi

Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:21 am

DaveyDave1999 wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:33 pm
Images from the post he linked:

Made from scratch? Impressive my dude. It already looks quite nice actually 8-) .

Just a tip tho.. I think this icon pack would suite your project better :)
https://www.iconfinder.com/iconsets/tango
Keep up the good work!
Thanks for the tip DaveyDave1999! We'll definitely include this icon pack!

We made sure the OS is completely customizable BTW, from icons, to look and feel of controls... and unlike GNOME and (I guess) KDE, we built a simple UI around these customizations, if you want to change the default color of buttons for instance, you just select what color you want, and it's changed right away, on the fly, no need to reload or figure out the way the theme engine version you're using is supposed to work; to then go and edit a bunch of files and hope for the best that things won't break.

Thanks for posting the pictures here too!

We're working on a few more things to publish soon, at very least I'll post a couple screenshots of the GPIO App over the weekend. The GPIO App allows to easily see the current state of the GPIO pins as well as change their functionality, and easily do things like controlling servos (or any PWM thing in general), or reading temperature sensors, and stuff like that.

The other big one to publish soon is a video of a Raspberry with the official Touch Screen booting the OS and running a few of the Apps.

I wish I could publish these sooner, but there is a lot of testing and tweaking to do, things like deciding on the final control looks, the show/hide animations for notifications, etc. Which reminds me, we're also putting final touches on the Camera App's UI, where you can easily control things like brightness/contrast, exposure, ISO, shutter speed, picture effect, etc. And of course, take pictures and videos! (works with the Official Raspberry Cameras, we haven't tested with other sensors) So stay tuned!

Oh yeah, and last but not least, a quick preview of the "Builder" App is coming soon too alongside an article about "The Importance of Independent Apps".

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DaveyDave1999
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Re: New Mobile OS made from scratch on a Raspberry Pi

Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:54 pm

Awesome. Looks promising, didnt know you could customise all of this!
Keep us updated :)
Blog about Raspberries coming soon...

hippy
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Re: New Mobile OS made from scratch on a Raspberry Pi

Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:53 pm

It all sounds quite good, and that it will run Android Apps is very appealing. But from, "To support our efforts we are making the OS available for pre-order soon", would I be correct in believing this will be a product one has to pay for ?

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