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Extended Lifecycle Support for Ubuntu 18.04 - TuxCare
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Last Update: 2024-05-19 15:31 UTC

Murena is an umbrella name for the /e/OS operating system, associated open source powered smartphones, and cloud-based services. The Murena project provides open source images for common smartphones, open source cloud-based storage, calendar, and backup solutions, and sells phones with /e/OS pre-installed. The project's operating system is based on LineageOS, itself based on Android. The Murena team removes closed source applications, trackers, and Google-specific elements of Android and replaces them with open source alternatives.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 54 (178), 6 months: 64 (164), 3 months: 67 (152), 4 weeks: 38 (254), 1 week: 96 (98)

Average visitor rating: 8.72/10 from 18 review(s).

Murena Summary
Distribution Murena
Home Page https://murena.com/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://community.e.foundation/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://doc.e.foundation/
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://doc.e.foundation/devices
Bug Tracker https://gitlab.e.foundation/groups/e/-/issues
Related Websites https://e.foundation/
Reviews 1.x: GNU/Linux.ch (German) • DistroWatchDistroWatchNew LeafDistroWatch
0.23: DistroWatch
Where To Donate, Buy, or Try https://murena.com/shop/Donate

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2024-05-24: Distribution Release: Murena 2.0
 • 2024-02-29: Distribution Release: Murena 1.20
 • 2023-11-30: Distribution Release: Murena 1.17
 • 2023-08-09: Distribution Release: Murena 1.13
 • 2023-03-16: Distribution Release: Murena 1.9
 • 2022-06-02: Distribution Release: Murena 1.0
 • More Murena releases...

 • 2023-11-02 Murena improves app compatibility
 • 2023-10-19 Murena expands support with AOSP 13
 • 2023-10-03 Murena plans new device with hardware privacy switches
 • 2023-07-05 Murena launches Fairphone 4 in North America
 • 2023-06-09 Murena presents smart phone for North America networks
 • 2022-11-17 Murena supports five new devices
 • 2022-10-13 Murena launches Murena One phone
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Feature 2.0 1.21
Release Date 2024-05-06 2024-04-05
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1300-1400 1300-1400
Free Download IMG IMG
Installation Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop BlissLauncher BlissLauncher
Package Management APK APK
Release Model Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- --
Processor Architecture arm64 arm64
Init Software Other Other
Journaled File Systems ext4 ext4
Multilingual Yes Yes
Asian Language Support    
Full Package List    

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Version: 2.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2024-06-14
Votes: 1

I am using /e/OS (Murena) since 2020 (on a Fairphone 3). Starting from the beta-version 0.x I think it has developed nicely over time. I think the fact that I am still using it after four years is a statement for itself. Additionally, I list some thoughts of mine in a pro/con list:

. very good job for removing Google components (even though certainly some aspects are left).
- easy to get: easy installer and even phones with preinstalled /e/OS are available.
- More or less everything works out-of-the-box. Including banking apps and everything else what I have tried.
- Access to the apps from the Google store through a Aurora-like construction.
- For the day-to-day use I barely recognize any difference between /e/OS and a standard Android.
- stable in the meanwhile.
- regular updates, sometimes better support of older smartphones than standard Android.
- good forum and support for a large number of phones.

- /e/ is still heavily developed which sometimes features and settings change significantly between system updates. In the past there have also been a few minor bugs like phantom notifications (during version 0.x) or some issues with the mobile internet which sometimes had random interruptions (during one of the early 1.x versions, I do not remember which one). But these bugs were always fixed very fast and appeared much less frequent recently.
- Even though the compared to AOSP and also to LineageOS security updates arrive one to two months later, which is a debatable delay.
- Integration in the Murena environment might have similar disadvantages as the integration into the Google environment. In general I am less convinced of the Murena cloud services. On the other hand, using them is optional and can easily be turned off (the same is not possible for the google services on standard Android)
- When using a (partially) deGoogled phone, one always has to be clear that there are a few applications which cannot replaced by free software while retaining the same functionality. For me, the most important example is Google Maps. While for the general navigation MagicMaps (the preinstalled map in /e/) or OSM+ works great, something like the search/display of opening times/other details for local stores/restaurants or real-time traffic information cannot be provided by free services since these functionalities heavily rely on data.

In summary, I think /e/OS (Murena) is a good compromise between privacy and usability. For me /e/OS includes everything what I need for my day-to-day-life and does not require my constant attention. While some other custom ROMs like GrapheneOS are better in security and privacy aspects, these options require by far more work and knowledge for installation, maintenance and for running all desired functionalities (additionally GrapheneOS is restricted to Google Pixel phones, which contradicts the motivation not to support Google). I am subtracting one point of the rating for the delayed security patches, but otherwise it is for me a great OS for my phone. But I am aware that a different weighting between usability, privacy and security might lead to a different conclusion.

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Version: 2.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-05-24
Votes: 16

I use this distro more than half a year. They provide quite often updates. I'm glad from it. It does not drain your battery and runs smoothly + you have fresh android with security updates every month/two months.

I have bank app and broker one and they both work even I read about broker one does not like rooted systems.

I haven't used murena cloud yet.

Version 2.0 have nicer look and feel. I really like it looks like.

The mail client (k-9 clone maintained by Murena) on previous OS versions was not working very well, so I installed original k-9. It does work perfectly with my gmail account. I also use tuta/tutanota client and works fine.

The map app was difficult at the beginning, but as I learned it more it is quite good replacement for google maps.

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Version: 1.17
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-12-08
Votes: 120

I installed 1.17t evert on Motorola Moto G6 plus. I've upgraded from Android 9, which has the latest security updates on May 2020.
So far, I'm very glad of /e/ OS. It work very stable and I have new Android experience - still learning new features of Android 13.

The apps provided by Murena are quite good. I haven't tested the map yet much, but shows my home well and finds the route to my work.

I've got some difficulties during loading bootloader image, but after few attempts and phone restarts it finally got loaded. Then other steps started to look much more easy than the very beginning. They should also make some movies how to install stuff, because reading the instructions and doing it first time is a bit difficult.

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