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

Plasma Mobile news, GUADEC, Video Recording on PinePhone and more! Commentary in italics.

Software releases

  • Chatty 0.3.3 was released, featuring a number of new, mostly Matrix-related features. In my testing on the Librem 5 running PureOS Byzantium however, there's no option for setting up a Matrix account, so I am guessing they want to iterate once more on this feature.

Worth noting

Ongoing conference

Worth reading

PINE64 Community Update

Signal compiling

Open Letters

  • Removed.

Software development progress

Peaceful project transitions

  • Purism: How Calls became a part of GNOME. Evangelos Ribeiro Tzaras wrote a nice post here, talking about what I really like about Purism's approach: Build software, together with the community and upstream.

Security-based Advertising

Worth listening

  • PineTalk 013: 13th of July. Ezra and I talked about PINE64's July Community Update, tried our best to answer six community questions, to then (to my surprise both) step down. So if you're reading this and would like to continue a community podcast, step up! It's been a lot of fun to do this, thank you to everybody involved for the opportunity!

Worth watching

Ubuntu Touch

  • UBports: Ubuntu Touch Q&A 104. Dalton is joined by Florian this week. They talk about OTA18, 20.04 porting progress, some PinePhone progress Dalton made and improvements to TelePorts. There's also an interesting question revolving around WayDroid (former Anbox-halium) on non-Halium 9 phones.

Software progress

Because they can


Software reviews

PINE64 Community update


  • PizzaLovingNerd: Buy This Instead of a Freedom Phone. If that laughable, detail-free web site wasn't enough...
  • Gardiner Bryant: BIGGEST LINUX GAMING NEWS IN YEARS. Yes, this is about the Steam Deck which is a Nintendo Switch like, AMD-powered Gaming handheld that's going to run an Arch Linux based OS featuring a KDE Plasma based user interface. Even as a non-Gamer I must say that I am intrigued.

Stuff I did



  • I have been playing with current releases on the Ubuntu Touch kernel upgrade channel (which now is on 5.13), and things have definitely improved a lot.
  • I have been wondering on making the process of creating this update easier for me and generally better and more collaborative. This concept seems intriguing. What do you guys think?


A few more apps have been added, and I have started to create some open issues to help with what to contribute with - please feel free to add more issues, if you have some: Filing bugs/improvement requests are worthwhile contributions too!

These apps were added in the past week:

  • Obfuscate, which lets you redact your private information from any image,
  • Gerbil, a little gemini browser, written with mobile linux in mind,
  • Wasp Companion, a Linux companion app for Wasp OS (a smartwatch operating system),
  • µPlayer, a minimalistic video player using GTK4 and GStreamer featuring hardware accelerated video playback,
  • Visual Voicemail, a frontend for Visual Voicemail.

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