The Debian For Android Maru Project Is Being Open-Sourced
Written by Michael Larabel in Debian on 12 February 2016 at 08:36 AM EST. 10 Comments
Last week we wrote about MaruOS as the project that provides an independent Debian desktop for your smartphone. Since then there has been an overwhelming response to the project and the lone developer working on this "Debian For Android" project has decided to open-source the code for accelerating the project.

Preetam D’Souza, the creator of MaruOS and its current only developer, wrote a new blog post about open-sourcing the project. He commented:

I think that together we’ll be able to make Maru better than ever. We can get Maru on more devices, have more thorough testing, and benefit from all the great ideas within the community. What started out as a personal quest quickly became a shared vision by everyone who felt a spark of excitement at Maru’s promise. And that promise extends far beyond the developer community. Imagine if we can give people who don’t have access to a PC a similar experience on their low-cost smartphones. I think Maru can have a serious impact here, and I am very keen on hearing from anyone who can help with this.

I can’t wait to see where Maru goes from here–all I know is that when you get a group of passionate people together, amazing things happen.

Thank you for your enthusiasm!

It will certainly be interesting to monitor this project.
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