Getting Started with JingOS Linux


JingOS is a Linux distribution, which is specially designed to work with touch devices. Of course, you can install it on a normal desktop computer, but you will miss all the touch-specific functionality. In this tutorial, Getting Started with JingOS Linux, we will get to know these basic features of JingOS.


For getting started with JingOS you need a device with JingOS installed. It is the best, when it has a touch screen and a trackpad. You can find a tutorial how to install JingOS here.

How to Navigate

JingOS is especially designed for touch devices and control via trackpad. Getting familiar with these gestures will increase your productivity considerably.

Common Gestures

We first introduce the most common gestures you probably already know:

  1. A single tap on the screen or trackpad corresponds to a left-click with the mouse
  2. A long press on the screen and tapping the trackpad with two fingers have the same function as a right-click
  3. Scrolling: Simply slide with two fingers up or down.

The Three Views

Navigation on JingOS is simple but effective. There are basically three views, the screen can be in:

  • Home view, where the desktop is shown:
Home view
  • Task Manager view. The Task Manager view gives you an overview of all open applications. 
task manager view
  • App view, where an app is shown full-screen:
app view

Advanced Navigation

There are several ways to change between the views: In the Home view you can:

  • Click/Tap on a icon to change to the respective app in App view.
  • Swipe with three fingers up/down on the trackpad opens the Task Manager view.

In the Task Manager view you can click/tap:

  • on one of the windows to open the respective app in App view.
  • onto empty space to return to Home view.
  • onto the trash bin icon to close all apps and return to Home view.

In the App view you can:

  • Swipe with three fingers left/right on the trackpad or screen to switch to the previous/next app, which has been opened.
  • Swipe with one finger from the left/right side of the screen to the center to get back to the Home view.
  • A long swipe from bottom to top of the screen or a long swipe with three fingers up/down on the trackpad also brings you back to Home
  • A shorter swipe from bottom to top of the screen or a short swipe with three fingers up/down on the trackpad results in a change to Task Manager view


JingOS additionally features these practical shortcuts

  • Drag down with trackpad or swipe down on screen from upper left corner shows and hides the Notification Panel
  • Drag down with trackpad or swipe down on screen from upper right corner shows and hides the Control Panel
  • Double tap/click with trackpad in lower left corner bring you back to the Home view.
  • Double tap/click with trackpad in lower right corner shows or hides the Task Manager.

The Dock

The box on the bottom is the Dock. By default it contains the Terminal app, JingOS Play Store, and Setting. By dragging in and out icons you can customize the content, so that your most frequently used apps are always easy to reach.

JingOS Native Apps

JingOS comes with these native apps: Calendar, Timer, Files, Media Player, and Calculator. They are specially designed to work well in desktop and tablet mode. Give it a try!

How To Install Software in JingOS

When you switch to Linux, the experience could be overwhelming at the start. Even basic things like installing applications on JingOS may seem confusing. Don’t worry. Linux provides so many ways to do the same task that it’s only natural to feel lost, at least at the beginning. You are not alone. We’ve all been at that stage. In this section we will walk through the most popular ways to install and deinstall software in JingOS.

JingOS AppStore

The easiest and most convenient way to find and install software in JingOS is by using the JingOS App Store. You can either search for an app by entering its name in the searchbox, or you can navigate through the categories. When you have found something you like, simply click/tap on the ‘GET’ button. After entering your PIN the download starts. The button is changed into a progress bar and shows how far the download is. When ready it reads ‘OPEN’, a click/tap on it starts your new app. It’s so easy!

Linux Terminal

Another way is to use the Linux Terminal. This is less convenient than the AppStore. Open the Terminal and enter the following command: $ sudo apt install app_name Instead of app_name you fill in the name of the app you want. After hitting Enter the installation starts.

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