Recently the introduction of a new Ubuntu-based Linux distribution, called JingOS and the developers promised to provide the same level of functionality as iPadOS.
JingOS was created with the aim of improving the functionality and performance of tablets in general The team behind the new operating system was inspired by iPadOS to offer a simple, powerful, and beautiful solution for turning tablets into computers that you can use anywhere.
Jingling is the Chinese company behind this new operating system and its Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 20.04, KDE 5.75 and Plasma Mobile 5.20 has been tested on Surface Pro 6 and Huawei Matebook pro 14 with touch screen.
In fact, these are the two platforms for which the JingOS team advertises a complete user experience, as JingOS is primarily designed to be an operating system for tablet-type platforms.
The operating system can still be installed on most x86 computers, which, however, must be equipped with a touch screen.
the interface it is very simple and easy to use, plus the layout of the icons, menu bar, windows, and control components are designed for quick interaction.
By offering keyboard and mouse support, JingOS too it is a fully functional Linux distribution. There are two different modes for touch and desktop, as well as many applications developed for JingOS that also support these modes natively.
“JingOS is a complete Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. You can run Linux desktop applications like Visual Studio Code, Libre Office, etc. JingOS is a production-friendly operating system designed specifically for tablets, ”says Jingling. The source code will be opened in the near future.
It is important to note that in China, there is a wind of stimulus for the use of local technologies. In fact, at the end of 2019, government administrations were instructed to phase out all foreign-designed hardware and software within 3 years.
Broadly speaking, the move is meant to free itself from dependence on American technologies while the US-China trade war remains on the table until we see which direction the new American executive will take. Initiatives around the establishment of a national operating system are constantly increasing.
By name, you might think that JingOS is one of the group if you remember that the term may be related to patriotism, an extreme type of nationalism through which China claims to defend its interests. At the same time, it positions itself as a conqueror by seeking to prove that it can also export good operating systems.
It’s the interface similarities JingOS user with iPadOS the ones that make one wonder about the future of this Linux distribution.
In any case, It wouldn’t be the first time Apple has embarked on such a showdown. In the past, the Cupertino company has taken Samsung to court accusing it of slavishly copying the look of iOS in its Galaxy Android product line.
It should be noted that JingOS is also being developed for smartphones and will be available before the end of this year and the tablet version will be released at the end of January.
Besides, also it is mentioned that it is planned to create an ARM tablet Supplied with a detachable keyboard and trackpad similar to the Magic Keyboard on the iPad Pro, which will be financed through a fundraising campaign of funds that should take place in a matter of a few weeks for its launch during the summer.
At the moment the developers intend to support other devices in the near future, including ARM-based tablets.
Finally for those who are interested in knowing more about it about this distribution, you can check the details In the following link.