Maru OS has merged Android and GNU userlands into a single OS. It looks like it's based on Android Lollipop and Debian. Which desktop environment does it use for its desktop mode?

  • It has an "Applications" Menu/Button on the top left, and a bottom dock in the screenshots? XFCE perhaps? Commented Jun 12, 2016 at 11:03
  • @AlexStragies I agree that this seems likely. It also makes sense considering it's running on limited hardware.
    – Fiksdal
    Commented Jun 12, 2016 at 11:46

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I just got an official answer in an email from the main Maru OS developer.

Maru runs XFCE at the moment. There's some work needed to let users choose an alternate DE.

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    +1 for your effort. The project FAQ on GitHub has since included "What is Maru Desktop based on?" and the answer is "Debian 8 Jessie and Xfce".
    – user125388
    Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 16:34

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