There are more than a dozen different operating systems that can run on the PinePhone at the moment, and most of them have one thing in common: a Linux kernel. But later this year you may be able to install something a little different.

Genode is a free and open source, security-focused operating system framework that’s not based on Linux. It’s a cross-platform tool kit for building operating systems that can run on x86, ARM, or RISC-V hardware with as little as 4MB of RAM.

And according to a new roadmap for 2021, the developers plan to add support for the PinePhone this year.

Genode / Sculpt OS 20.08

The goal is to offer a feature phone-like version of Genode for the Pinephone with basic functionality including:

  • Phone calls
  • SMS
  • Mobile data
  • Web browsing

In order to make that happen the team needs to first port its kernel and framework to work on devices with an Allwinner A64 processor, and by May the goal is to have Sculpt OS ported to the PinePhone to provide basic operating system functionality, and by August the roadmap calls for a working touchscreen, display, and web browser.

If everything goes according to plan, cellular functionality should be working by November, allowing users to use the PinePhone as… you know, a phone.

You can find more details in the roadmap, or visit the Genode website to find out more about the OS framework.


Support Liliputing

Liliputing's primary sources of revenue are advertising and affiliate links (if you click the "Shop" button at the top of the page and buy something on Amazon, for example, we'll get a small commission).

But there are several ways you can support the site directly even if you're using an ad blocker* and hate online shopping.

Contribute to our Patreon campaign


Contribute via PayPal

* If you are using an ad blocker like uBlock Origin and seeing a pop-up message at the bottom of the screen, we have a guide that may help you disable it.

Subscribe to Liliputing via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 9,545 other subscribers