EpidusOS is a new cross-platform Linux OS forked from Void Linux, currently equipped with the XFCE desktop, brought to us by Midstall Software.
ExpidusOS Homepage –
ExpidusOS Github –
Midstall Software website –
A Work in Progress –
ExpidusOS presents a refreshing break from the usual three desktop environments present on mobile Linux builds (Phosh, Plasma, and Lomiri).
*Their take on adapting XFCE to a mobile phone display doesn’t try and force a mobile UI onto a traditionaly non-mobile OS, but instead seems to be focused on making as many elements of the traditional desktop UI work with touch. And they’re making decent progress.
*EDIT – Thinking Midstall was working to make XFCE more mobile-like was a misconception, Midstall is actively working on Release 2 set to release in august with a re-vamped UI
The Boot –
The boot time was maybe twenty seconds..? It didn’t take very long until I was greeted by a very familiar-looking desktop.
The UI –
I began by trying to touch as many things on the screen as I could think to, to see what would respond and what wouldn’t
Touching and holding to highlight elements kind-of worked.
Touching Icons to switch around did not however, so I grabbed my faithful Pinedock to connect a wireless USB mouse/keyboard to the phone to continue.
Upon further exploration, I saw a lot of familiar looking default applications listed. Clicking them to launch, again, kind-of worked.
The window-manager showed they had been launched and were running, but attempting to click them and interact with them further failed.
I looked around a little more to make sure there wasn’t anything else I’d inadvertantly missed, satisfied, I went to power it down, and did not find a way to via the OS, not that that’s particularly important in a test build, just a note.
So Yeah –
I hope everyone found this interesting, stay tuned for more reviews!