Brussels / 4 & 5 February 2023


Mobian: to stable... and beyond!

Over the past 3 years, Mobian has grown from a one-person hobby project to one of the main actors in the mobile Linux community.

As we're preparing for the upcoming release of Debian 12 (bookworm), and the first Mobian stable release (shortly) following it, we want to share our plans for this transition and the future of Mobian and Debian on mobile devices.

Back when Debian 11 (bullseye) was released, both the Mobian project and the mobile ecosystem were still young and lacked maturity. We therefore chose to stay an in-development, rolling-release-like distribution based on Debian testing.

Fast-forward 2 years, Linux-based mobile phones have become more and more usable, the ecosystem has gained a lot of maturity and the Mobian team has been working towards reducing our delta with upstream Debian, both through upstream contributions and by maintaining Mobian packages directly in Debian.

We feel it is now time to switch to a more usual (at least in the Debian world) stable+testing release and development scheme, and will detail during this talk how we plan to do so. We will more specifically emphasize our past and present contributions to Debian, as well as our goals and plans for the next development cycle (trixie).


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