Mobian OS is an open-source project that aims to bring Debian GNU/Linux to mobile devices, including the PINE64 devices, PinePhone and PineTab.
While Debian GNU/Linux is among the oldest Linux-based operating systems which boasts of rock-solid stability, and a very large community support; but you can't install pure Debian directly on smartphones or tablets, as it requires hardware-specific customizations to run smoothly on such devices.
Now, Mobian OS has been ported to run on PINE64 devices, including PinePhone and PineTab, as the Mobian team announced that along with PinePhone, they have started to build images for Linux-based tablet, PineTab.
What are the features of Mobian OS?
Mobian OS is an open-source project that aims to bring Debian GNU/Linux on modern mobile devices, featuring the Phosh (Phone shell) user interface developed by Purism for its Linux phone Librem 5.
Its base system uses pure Debian 11 ‘Bulleye’ built for ARM64-based devices, and it uses a powerful tool, called debos, to create a custom Debian image, with Mobian packs standard Dеbіаn расkаgеs and ѕоmе GNОМЕ аррlісаtіоnѕ to carry out specific tasks. You can For a check out this GitLab package repository for full list of supported applications.
Mobian OS is currently targeted at Linux-based PinePhone and PineTab to provide a fully-functional mobile devices with open source and powerful Debian Linux, albeit, Mobian in the near future can also aim to port to other mobile devices and tablets.
How to Download & Install Mobian OS?
Mobian OS is currently available for PinePhone and therefore, if you own any edition of PinePhone and wish to give it a try, you can download the prebuilt images and follow the Mobian installation guides for PinePhone available here to get started.
And if you’re a developer and wish to build custom Debian images for your device, you can check out the repo. Also note that Mobian maintains mobian-recipes repository with debos recipes to generate Debian-based images for all supported mobile phones.