About Peter

Who am I?

I am Peter, 37, and have been following Linux on Smartphones for quite some time. My day job has nothing to do with Linux. I have a business diploma and my thesis discussed whether a certain crypto currency could have a "fundamental value".

If you want to learn more about me, maybe give the first episode of the PineTalk podcast a listen.


I was a co-host for thirteen episodes on the then bi-weekly PineTalk Podcast, a PINE64 community podcast, from January to July 2021. This was pro-bono community work and it should not affect my view on the PINE64 products or competing Linux Phones/handheld devices in any way.

Why do I do this? After first trying Linux in the early 2000s, I switched to mostly using Linux around 2005. I was just amazed by all the great Free Software tools. During these years, mobile phones became more interesting: Cameras, colored displays and Smartphones.

Of course I wanted to have all the great tools of my Linux desktop on my phone, too1 Unfortunately, Motorola's EZX phones only shipped a very few native apps. That's why I was very excited when I first heard of OpenMoko.

Unfortunately, OpenMoko eventually failed, unable to ship GTA03, which would have been a massive improvement, fixing most of the flaws of the previous devices. Also, Android took off. Back then, Google felt less problematic to me, and I was glad that it was Android that managed to succeed and not the less user-friendly alternatives like LiMo (which eventually became Tizen) or evil Microsoft's Windows Phone.

Purism's Librem 5 got me really excited when I heard the first rumors before announcement. I backed it in October 2017, and unfortunately Purism's time frame turned out to have been overly optimistic. PINE64 managed to ship their PinePhone earlier, and when I received my first PinePhone I immediately knew that I had to create content about this project and revive this blog.

First: I am not in this for the money. I do not expect to make even one Dollar or Euro out of this project – I have a day-job, that has nothing to do with what I am working on here, which pays well enough that I can spend my free time and some money on this project.2

TL,DR: linmob.net is a passion project!


Bad J2ME app support and horrible platforms like Qualcomm's BREW on BenQ/Siemens phones contributed to this.


If you would like to hire me for a job that is closer to what I am working here, that would still allow me to continue with this, feel free to get in touch.

Latest posts by Peter

2024-04-17 MCF13: Continuing
2023-12-02 Enter Beepy, Esc
2021-10-05 Playing with Swmo
2021-06-01 Pasting text in kgx
2015-02-28 Back to QWERTY
2013-07-24 Ubuntu Edge
2012-12-22 Qt 5
2012-11-28 Open webOS
2012-05-06 Ubuntu for Android
2012-04-23 Oracle vs Google
2011-12-05 My Next Android!
2011-10-24 QtMoko on the GTA04
2011-10-04 Mer - again!
2011-03-02 Honeycomb on G1
2011-02-22 Qt for Android
2011-02-17 MWC2011: Day 3
2011-02-15 MWC2011: Day 2
2011-02-14 MWC2011: Day 1
2011-01-23 Reviving linmob!
2010-12-31 Looking back
2010-10-27 Frustration
2010-02-28 CeBIT preparations
2009-08-14 Offline time ahead!
2009-06-22 Saying hello again
2009-03-02 linmob on identi.ca
2009-02-10 Android SDK 1.1 R1
2009-01-31 OLPC and co
2009-01-05 Android on Netbooks
2008-08-14 Still one A910.
2008-06-26 As time goes by
2008-06-05 Thoughts on A910
2008-05-23 Still alive ;)
2008-04-27 Time as a problem
2008-04-16 A910: Success!
2008-04-07 A910 to A910i
2008-03-23 Happy Easter!
2008-02-22 Mobile Linux...
2008-02-03 Good news.. maybe.
2008-01-16 It's there
2008-01-14 Another device
2008-01-08 A910 again
2007-11-20 Short update
2007-10-22 A910 and CGs
2007-09-24 Hello World!