Huawei has just released the source code of openEuler, a Linux distribution based on CentOS. Even if Huawei doesn’t say so, the fact that the distribution is optimized for ARM and x86, and the presence of two troubling optimization tools make it on paper an excellent candidate to replace Android and Windows.
You have probably remembered that HongMeng OS or Harmony OS will be the name of the operating system that will eventually replace Android.
In recent months, however, Huawei has been blowing hot and cold, while cherishing the hope of regaining unhindered access to the Android ecosystem.
However, as the conflict between the United States and China, in the midst of which the manufacturer is caught in a vice, gets bogged down, Huawei is looking for sustainable solutions to stop relying on American intellectual property.
The launch of the openEuler project, with a rather technical press release, can therefore be interpreted as one of the steps that should lead the firm to this goal. The press release explains that work began on September 17, 2019.
But What Is openEuler?
The project is an open source variant of EulerOS, itself derived from Linux CentOS, whose 100% of the packages are both optimized for x86 architectures (PCs with Intel processors) and ARM64 (the architecture used by smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices).
Serious Candidate To Replace Android And Windows?
If we have the impression that we are facing a serious candidate to replace Android and Windows, it’s because from the start, the openEuler press release recommends two projects around client/server links – in other words advanced services in the cloud.
But also to a new system that automatically optimizes the OS according to the platform with the help of artificial intelligence.
The press release “recommends” the iSulad project, which is actually a variant of the gRPC service that is used to create advanced services in the cloud. And the A-Tune project, which takes care of automatically optimizing everything.
This will make it easier, for example, to deploy on several different models of computers and smartphones… but unfortunately, we can only speculate at the moment.
At no time does the release of the openEuler project mention Android, Windows, or even the destination devices.
We just know that development is currently very active with more than 50 contributors, 600 online contributions, and more than a thousand packages.
It will therefore be necessary to monitor this project closely over the coming months to confirm or deny the direction Huawei wishes to take.
It is now possible to download an ISO of the OS. However, we warn you: according to the specialist site ItsFOSS, it is not yet fully functional.
In any case, on regular computers, an error message is displayed when trying to start the installation from a bootable USB volume.