Few days ago The news of the release of the new version of the distribution “Jing OS 1.2” which is characterized by providing an environment specially optimized for installation on touch screen tablets and laptops.
For those who are not familiar with JingOS, you should know that this is a distribution based on the Ubuntu 20.04 base package and the user environment is based on KDE Plasma Mobile.
Qt, a set of Mauikit components, and the Kirigami framework from KDE Frameworks are used to create the application interface, which allows you to create universal interfaces that automatically scale to different screen sizes. On-screen gestures are actively used to control touch screens and touchpads, such as pinch-to-zoom and page-turning.
OTA update delivery is supported to keep the software up-to-date. Programs can be installed both from the Ubuntu repositories and Snap directory, and from a separate app store. The distribution also includes a JAAS layer (JingPad Android App Support), which allows, in addition to the fixed Linux desktop applications, to run applications created for the Android platform (you can run programs for Ubuntu and Android in parallel).
The distribution is developed by the Chinese company Jingling Tech, which pre-installs JingOS on the JingPad tablet. It is noted that to work on JingOS and JingPad, it was possible to hire employees who previously worked at Lenovo, Alibaba, Samsung, Canonical/Ubuntu, and Trolltech.
Main new features of JingOS 1.2
In this new version of the distribution that is presented, the support for automatic switching of landscape and portrait display modes of the interface when the screen is rotated.
On the other hand, we can also find that the possibility to unlock the screen with a fingerprint sensor, In addition, several methods are provided to install and uninstall applications. Added tools to install and run applications from the terminal emulator.
In addition to this, it is also highlighted that in this new version it was added andl Support for Chinese 4G/5G mobile networks, as well as the ability to work in Wi-Fi hotspot mode was implemented.
The optimized power management is also highlighted and the opening speed of the App Store application catalog was also improved.
Finally, regarding the components that are currently developed for JingOS:
- JingCore-WindowManger: an enhanced Kwin-based composition manager with support for on-screen gesture control and tablet-specific features.
- JingCore-CommonComponents: is an application development framework based on KDE Kirigami that includes additional components for JingOS.
- JingSystemui-Launcher: it is a basic interface based on the plasma phone component package. It includes the implementation of the home screen, docking panel, notification system and configurator.
- JingApps-Photos: is a photo collection software based on the Koko app.
- JingApps-Kalk: Calculator.
- Jing Haruna: is a video player based on Qt/QML and libmpv.
- JingApps-KRecorder: is a sound recording software (voice recorder).
- JingApps-KClock: It is a clock with timer and alarm functions.
- JingApps-Media-Player: is a media player based on vvave.
Version 1.2 is only available for tablets based on the ARM architecture (previously there were also versions for the x86_64 architecture, but the focus has recently shifted to the ARM architecture).
While in the specifications part of the JingPad, it is equipped with an 11-inch touch screen (Corning Gorilla Glass, AMOLED 266PPI, 350nit brightness, 2368×1728 resolution), UNISOC Tiger T7510 SoC (4x ARM Cortex-A75 2Ghz + 4x ARM Cortex-A55 1.8Ghz), 8000 mAh battery, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of Flash, 16 and 8 megapixel cameras, two microphones with noise cancellation, Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G, Bluetooth 5.0 , GPS/Glonass/Galileo/Beidou, USB Type-C, MicroSD, and an attachable keyboard that turns a tablet into a laptop.
As to those who are interested in being able to know about it of the developments of the project, you should know that they are distributed under the GPLv3 license. If you are interested in knowing more about it, you can consult the details in the following link.