I must make another attempt to revive my N4...
Originally Posted by 22350
The underlying system (CM) has been significantly modernised, so it's near the cutting edge of these types of projects. The UI was pretty good last time I looked. I'm guessing most of the H/W can be controlled now, but for the user, that requires system apps. That's a bit on hold as the Enyo team make the next (compatibility breaking) update. The LuneOS team are testing a range of frameworks to determine the best one for making apps. Of course some old Enyo apps will run.
I suppose expectations have to be managed. What's the definition of a daily driver? Doesn't crash?
A: Can make calls/SMS, messages, email, websurf and operate the phone's H/W features (basic smartphone)
B: Also catalog with some apps and some form of data back up system.
C: On or close to the level of webOS - mainly in terms of apps.
D: Challenging the mainstream.
I think (A) is close, but could still be months away (depending on the app framework outcome). The main source of apps for webOS is at webOSNation and I don't think anyone can currently submit new apps or updates. A user operated back up system should be feasable, but an app catalog will be possibly costly for a free project, so I'm guessing there would be a question mark over (B), though it's perfectly possible technically. Would users pay? Would there be enough of them to sustain it? If (B) can be achieved and LuneOS gains some popularity, then (very optimistically) it's possible to reach (C).
Though (D) wouldn't be impossible and the future is unknowable, I don't currently see how it could be reached. Arguably, Cyanogenmod was mismanaged, but it was a version of Android - one of the two dominant systems and has still now had to 'retrench' as LineageOS. BB10, FFOS, SailfishOS, Ubuntu touch - all have either folded or are mere blips in the market - which doesn't mean they are bad systems.
The webOS Ports team are all volunteers and would be crazy to make any promises on timelines. Plenty of rich commercial firms miss release dates!
But I'd also be interested in the views of testers as to the closeness to 'daily driver' of the experience. If anyone wants to speculate on a timeline, well speculating (and dreaming) is mostly what we do here now and unlike fans of some other systems which have bitten the dust, here there is an actual project making good progress. I feel confident that the Ports team will resolutely NOT comment on any speculative 'daily driver' date!