It’s sunday. Now what happened since last sunday?

This is what happened around the PinePhone this week. Commentary in italics.

Software: releases and improvements

  • New Arch Linux ARM release. Gnome Camera, Geary and Gnome Usage have been added, sudo is now a thing, and lz4 compression for zram is now available, making the zram-feature more useful. Also, there is a barebones image for all those who want to build their own little fun distro atop arch.
  • Manjaro have released images with Phosh that feature Anbox preinstalled. Unfortunately, with adb currently broken in Manjaro (and Arch), this is nothing more than a demo on which you can’t really install apps without jumping through a ton of hoops. At least Manjaro comes with a swap partition by design, which certainly helps.
  • Scardracs, fellow Italian blogger, has picked up Fedora for the PinePhone and released a couple builds this week on a Telegram channel.
  • EmacsはOS. Unfortunately, there don’t seem to be any images to just simply get this up and running. It seems to be an amalgam of Arch Linux ARM, sway, Squeekboard, Waybar and Emacs.

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Stuff I did

  • I failed to build Maliit on Arch Linux ARM and at getting Lomiri to run on Manjaro.
  • Also, not much progress on the App List/App DB front. I am really not sure how to set this up — as a part of this blog or as a seperate thing, maybe running Wiki software to make adding apps easier for those who are not familiar with GitHub? I hope I will figure this out this week.
  • At least I managed to upload two videos.
  • That’s not all I want to do, I will try to test some Android apps in Anbox on camera, namely Whatsapp and NewPipe. I might try GloDroid 0.3.0 finally, and then someone on reddit told me about SPURV, an effort to run Android 9 alongside Wayland by Collabora, for which they really picked a bad announcement date with April Fools day. Unfortunately, building SPURV appears to be a bit beyond my abilities, so I hope I can avoid wasting time on it.