In 1998, Gaël Duval created Mandrake Linux (also known as Mandriva Linux) for the obvious reasons like love for open source uneasiness while using Windows. In those years of late 1990s, many enthusiasts began their Linux journey with this easy-to-install and user-friendly Linux distro. Eventually, things went wrong between Duval and Mandriva management, and he was laid off by the company in March 2006.
These days he is busy with a new project named eelo mobile OS to breathe a new life into your smartphone. In recent past, we’ve reported ongoing smartphone OS efforts from Purism and postmarketOS, and Duval’s endeavor seems like a step in the similar direction.
In his announcement post, Duval said that he isn’t happy with the current smartphone situation which is dominated by Apple and Google. This makes sense as iOS is closed source and Google leaves no stones unturned to track its users. About the eelo mobile OS development details, the new custom builds are being tested on a LeEco Le2 smartphone; work is also being done to bring to Xiaomi Mi 5S and LG G6. A new launcher named “BlissLauncher” has been created and you can find the details here. Efforts are also being made to review all alternative web-services that would be eelo-compatible to make sure that the OS performs without any hiccups. For the web search feature, the team is looking at Google alternatives like DuckDuckGo and Qwant. For Android applications, options like F-Droid and APKPure are being considered. The project is also running a Kickstarter campaign with an aim to deliver a product.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht
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