It's Wednesday. Now what happened since last Wednesday?

A new p-boot-demo image, new Manjaro releases, GSoC announcements and more! Commentary in italics.

Software releases

Worth noting

  • Sxmo have set up an awesome new website at Check it out!

Worth reading

Competition ;-)

PinePhone impressions

Software development

GNOME Summer of Code

Hardware corner

Worth listening

  • PineTalk 010: Man of Many Apps. Ezra and I pumped out a new episode of this community podcast, where Martijn Braam joins us. Please help out and submit questions and feedback!

Worth watching

Ubuntu Touch corner

  • UBports: Ubuntu Touch Q&A 101. Lots of news after 4 weeks of silence. The move to 20.04 is progressing, they managed to launch a graphical Lomiri session on the 20.04 base. Many more fixes are landing for OTA 18, which will be quite the bug-fix fest from what it seems. Many new Halium 9 devices have been added to the UBports installer. As a PinePhone user, you can help them testing the pull request to fix the Online Accounts GUI. Also in review: Fixes to MMS.
  • Glenn Hancock: Reviewing Ubuntu Touch, Pixel 3 and PinePhone. Nice comparison, although this seems to be an old release (stable channel?) of Ubuntu Touch on the PinePhone. This does not change the fact that if you just want to run Ubuntu Touch as a daily driver, of the two devices the Pixel 3 is likely the better choice.

Software tips and guides

Unboxing corner

Conference Talks

  • GNOME Latam 2021: Martín Abente Lahaye: GNOME en tu Teléfono. This is a Spanish video, but the automatic translated subtitles were okay for me. If you are into GNOME development you may want to read this blog post to find more interesting talks to watch.

Stuff I did


I only published a silly blog post about my first year with the PinePhone.


  • I bought a used Lenovo Chromebook Duet and installed Cadmium on it, getting Debian Sid on the device (I did not need to login with a Google account to get that far, just so you know). After that, I added the Mobian repo and installed Phosh. Currently, speakers and standby don't really work, and I did not manage to install Flathub apps limiting me to the sad number of mobile friendly apps packaged in Debian's repos. But, these limitations aside, it's usable and not too bad.


LINMOBapps got much love this week, either. I have added a few apps:

  • Pine Pass, yet another GTK GUI, and
  • Tangram, "a new kind of browser", which does not fit the screen too well, but can still be used to place multiple web apps behind one launcher.

Read here what (else) happened. Please do contribute!