In an official blog post, the Linux-powered hardware maker Purism announced that they’ve achieved convergence between mobile OS and desktop OS. This news comes as a pleasant surprise after the (failed) efforts made by Canonical to create a convergent Ubuntu OS for mobile and desktop.
Purism details convergence as a term used to describe “similar functioning of an app across different platforms.” It basically involves creating such operating systems for phones and desktops which share the same core. As a result, developers can easily port apps from one platform to another with little effort.
Talking specifically about the Debian GNU/Linux-based PureOS, Purism has proclaimed that it has “laid the foundation for all future applications to run on both the Librem 5 phone and Librem laptops, from the same PureOS release.”
The company has been able to do so with libhandy, a mobile and adaptive presentation library of GNOME and GTK+. It has enabled the PureOS apps to adapt to the available screen size.
Purism also calls convergence helpful in creating an OS that’s suitable for all kinds of power needs, thus creating a set of applications that work seamlessly on different CPUs.
You can read the complete announcement here on Purism’s official blog post.