Maru OS has debuted on GitHub to offer the open source community an exciting project to transform smartphones into Linux systems. The operating system is now licensed under the version 2.0 of Apache License.
Unlike platforms like Android or Ubuntu Touch, Maru OS creates virtual environments on Android. It allows your smartphone to run Linux operating system on any HDMI screen. Moreover, the platform enables your handset to let you simultaneously attend a call while working on a big screen.
“Maru makes personal computing more context-aware by giving you the best interface for your environment. That means when you’re on the go, Maru is your phone; when you’re at your desk, Maru is your desktop,” reads the description on the GitHub repository.
Android Open Source Project-based Maru provides you Android Lollipop for your smartphone and includes a Debian Linux within an LXC Linux Container for the desktop environment. To give a full-fledged computing experience, the platform supports Bluetooth peripherals such as mouse or keyboard.
You can utilise Maru’s concept to enable multi-app productivity on your HDMI screen. Also, there are options to share storage from your smartphone as well as access Wi-Fi and data connectivity.
Maru OS is presently compatible with just Nexus 5. However, it would be expanded to other Nexus models and even some OEM-powered devices in the coming future.