While JingOS is inpired by iPadOS, and the iPadOS-like UI and UX coupled with Qt/Plasma-based experience is enough to get anyone excited by the emergence of this Ubuntu-based distro which users can now indulge in some hands-on experimentation.
The first public version 0.6 of JingOS is now available for download, albeit this version is intended for use by early-adopters, willing testers, and developers only.
What features are available for the JingOS v0.6 first public preview?
JingOS v0.6 first public preview comes with a raft of KDE applications preinstalled, which includes the KDE terminal app Konsole, WPS Office, camera utility, and Dolphin file manager and Chrome browser.
And the core JingOS desktop, and basic control centre are also present in the preview version and there’s a notification hub, task manager, and bespoke apps that are created exclusively for JingOS such as a calendar app, photos app and voice memo tool.
The obvious drawbacks include the fact that there are a tonne of missing apps, and features, with touchpad and touchscreen gestures only available on the Surface Pro 6 and Huawei Matebook 14 which are the two reference platforms supported by JingOS at present.
Also, there is no built-in update mechanism, and the versions of utilities like the system settings tool and file manager are missing too, and no virtual keyboard.
How to Download JingOS v0.6
If you wish to try out JingOS v0.6, you'll need to submit your email to get the download link. You can get more details on this build, a link to the mailing list (which is required to get a download link), and installation instructions (including “how to” get the .iso images working in VirtualBox) on the JingOS forum.
However, the more stable version of JingOS will be available in March, with versions 0.8 and 1.0 scheduled for release on March 31 and June 30, 2021, respectively.