*Thanks to Illyria’s work on developing sailfish-containers (https://github.com/sailfish-containers) to make use of LXC on SFOS and make GUI frontend for it,…
Thanks to Illyria’s work on developing sailfish-containers and a GUI frontend to use LXC on SFOS, users can now run full-fledged desktop distributions on their phone, and X works great on Debian out of the box. The app has not been released yet, but should be out in a few days. Keep an eye on the Github repository and the SFOS community app store somewhere next week.
The demo video shows Debian with i3wm, polybar and a bit of ricing running as a LXC container within SailfishOS on the F(x)tec Pro¹. Hopefully the video shows that it is very usable in real world with the keyboard of the Pro¹, not just a proof of concept. For those who don’t like tiling WMs, XFCE4 also works perfectly fine.
The Pro¹ doesn’t have stellar specs (it shines in other aspects), but SFOS is very light and performance is really good. Battery life is about the same as without a container running, you can go through the day with normal use. Multitasking works great, and since the container just behaves as another SailfishOS app, all features of SailfishOS as still there without the need for multiboot. In other words, you can have a full-featured Linux desktop distribution in your pocket together with all mobile and telephony features of SailfishOS. CPU usually sits at about 5 to 6%; the video shows higher values but that is mostly because apps are starting.
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