Quantum OS: Linux Based, Materially Designed


Michael Spencer runs his own software company, Sonrise Software. He operates under the pseudonym iBeliever on GitHub and develops apps for Ubuntu as well as being well versed in iOS and Android. Visit the companies website here and learn a little more about what he does.

Aside from developing apps for Ubuntu, iOS, and Android, Spencer announced on Google+ last Wednesday that he is going to start work on an operating system. Previously called Quartz OS, but changed because of some OS X conflicts, the operating system is now going to be called Quantum OS. 10/10 for the name.

The thing that caught my attention, and will probably catch yours, is that Spencer is plans to build this OS with Google’s Material Design in mind. Spencer writes in his announcement:

We plan to develop the desktop shell and applications primarily using Qt 5 and QML, which will allow us to build highly polished and dynamic user interfaces and will work well for implementing Material Design.

Quantum OS Desktop Mockup (courtesy iBeliever)
Quantum OS Desktop Mockup (courtesy iBeliever)

He also specifies that the applications will be cross platform as well, running on the big three: OSX, Windows, and Linux. This is not only convenient, but it also embraces the philosophy of material design, which is to be cross/multi-platform.

We plan to initially leverage an existing operating system, most likely Arch or Ubuntu. Arch is a strong possibility because of the simple packaging manager, lightweight base system, and the rolling release concept.

For now it’s just him with some feedback from Adrea Del Sarto. Spencer specified that he is going to maintain control of the project but welcomes feedback and contributions.

What do you guys think of a Material Design OS? Judging by the mockups, all of which can be found here, this thing is going to be awesome. Be sure to follow Michael Spencer on Google plus and GitHub for updates on the progress. No word as to when it’ll be released, but I’m definitely looking forward to it.

Be sure leave your thoughts and musings of a Material Design Linux OS in the comments or on social media.

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Last Updated on November 27, 2018.


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