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For experimental operating systems built with Potabi code, click the Experimental tab

Potabi For Pinephone

The main show for Potabi, download our Pinephone builds


Potabi for Phones

Find your phone brand/model, and see if Potabi has a build for it!


Potabi for Raspberry Pi

Download Potabi for your Raspberry Pi model!

RPi 400N/AN/AN/A

Potabi for x86_64

Potabi for AMD64 and x86_64 machines!

KDE PlasmaN/AN/A

Potabi for RISC-V

Find which RISC-V board/device you own!


About Potabi

Potabi is a commercial open-source software (COSS) application built on top of FreeBSD. Designed by Fivnex, and is built primarily for enterprise users as well as personal phone users. Potabi's name comes from "Potential" and "Ability" which combine to provide power to the users. Potabi will always use the latest available version of FreeBSD. You can look at Potabi's sponsors below!

Potabi uses TCSH as the default user/system shell. Potabi uses the mobile desktops Lomiri, Hazel - custom-made for Potabi, Wiphoc - a Windows Phone UI/UX clone designed for Potabi, and Terkey - a shell terminal for phones (with the only GUI being a keyboard). For desktop users of Potabi, users have the choice of the Lumina, GNOME40, Cherry - a GNOME3 continuation built by Fivnex, KDE Plasma, and Openbox. Potabi's default browser is currently undecided, with the default search engine being Ecosia - a privacy focused search engine that plants trees. Potabi Mobile for personal use will come with built-in APK support (through Anbox), as well as F-Droid.

The Timeline

Project Begins

July, 2021

  • Phosh Stand-in Desktop Finishes

  • First builds for Pinephone (first betas)

August, 2021

  • Start porting Lomiri to Potabi

  • Drop support for Phosh (Existed because documentation was easier to follow)

  • Build first Lomiri version

November, 2021

  • Get Anbox working on Potabi

  • Have F-Droid and Pop!_OS Store Forks In Development

  • Start Extensive Documentation

December, 2021

  • Get Anbox working on Potabi

  • Have F-Droid and Pop!_OS Store Forks In Development

  • Start Extensive Documentation

January, 2022

  • Get Dot Browser Working

  • Get Camera mostly functional (can take basic pictures)

  • Prepare final release builds

February, 2022

  • Make launch marketing material started

  • Launch first release (As in mostly functional, not daily driver recommended)

Project Release

Let's Talk The Who, The When, The Where.

Potabi was started by Kai Lyons, an OS developer who previously worked on other operating systems. As Kai found her way into the FreeBSD community, she had been interested in working on an OS project, but was not happy with how Linux was slowly destroying itself. Around February 2021, Kai started working on Potabi. Project progress until late May 2021 was slow as Kai was finishing up the school year and moving to a new place.

Potabi is developed mostly only by Kai, and sometimes help will be nice.What we would like is to understand that "we" is the royal we, meaning Kai. It is used to sound more professional. The second part is, id y'all could occasionally go to the GitHub and find anywhere you see an issue, and mention it in an issue or email us ([email protected]) or if you feel like it, make a pull request! We would also like opinions and resources on technologies to help improve our work. One thing is we would also like people to build images themselves, especially for devices that we don't yet support! And once releases images are out, we would love testers. Since we already have the hardware we need to do basic testing on our own, none of this is required for the project to launch. We are just happy to see you here with us! Right now the timeline below is a little weird, however, that is because time-frames are not set to specifics.

Potabi Sponsors

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