UBports is a community project which seeks to maintain and improve the mobile edition of the Ubuntu operating system. The UBports team has ported Ubuntu Touch to several new mobile devices and maintains legacy images for the devices originally supported by Canonical. The UBports team celebrated launching their first over the air (OTA) update this past week and reported positive collaboration with the Halium project in creating a base mobile Linux distributions can build upon. "Halium, as you may know, is a project aiming to standardize the Android hardware compatibility layer between many Linux distributions. This layer is required because Android drivers can't be used natively in a regular Linux distribution. This week the project had a lot to show off - it can boot both Ubuntu Touch and Plasma Mobile. As you can see in this tweet, Halium can boot both OS's on the Nexus 5. The third image, though, is the most interesting. It shows Plasma Mobile booting on the Fairphone 2, a phone that the OS hasn't been explicitly ported to. It's easy to see the opportunities that Halium opens up and we're proud to be a part of the project." Further information, including a roadmap for future versions of UBports, can be found in the project's blog post. At the time of writing, the UBports project appears to have over 3,000 users and is growing at a rate of approximately 100 users per day.
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