It's sunday. Now what happened since last sunday?
Further delays with Librem 5 shipping, a notable improvement for using Desktop Apps on phones, and more! Commentary in italics.
Software development and releases
- Phosh 0.10.2 has been released, as the number indicates it's mostly a bugfix release. Yet it brings new features, too: Full release notes.
- Fluffychat 0.30.0 It's now installable (e.g. via Flathub) and starts on the PinePhone, but logging in did not work for me, yet.
- OpenSUSE has seen another release, Images, Changelog. They now use BTRFS as main file system. OpenSUSE have also packaged Telegrand, a new GTK Telegram client, and an app for vcf import.
- Nheko 0.8.2 was relesed the week before, but I only tried it this week and must recommend it: Many bugs have been fixed, it can be used on the PinePhone yet. It's not totally crash free yet, but definitely a lot better!
- Manjaro Phosh has seen notable improvements with regard to battery life.
- Linux Smartphones: Virtual mouse app for Linux phones makes desktop apps easier to use. This is a great development!
- Plasma Mobile Team: Plasma Mobile: More Applications and an Improved Homescreen. Impressive updates! Great to see work on a mail client.
- Linux Smartphones: Plasma Mobile picks up new apps, app updates, and the beginnings of multiple home screens. Brad's take.
- UBports: Ubuntu Touch Q&A 99 Blog. The written and audio version of last weeks video recording.
- Jozef Mlich: Begining with nemomobile. Please join Jozef and help Nemo Mobile out, it has so much potential!
- Purism: The Ball and Supply Chain. If you have not received a shipping mail yet, be ready to wait until at least the fourth quarter.
- Linux Smartphones: Librem 5 smartphone gets a price hike and shipping delay in response to global component shortages. Brad's take.
- postmarketOS podcast: #5 Alpineconf, and interview with proycon from sxmo. Great show: Listen in for information about Sxmo and get excited for Alpineconf!
- Sk4zZi0uS: PinePhone Challenge 4 week Update (It ain't fast but its good enough) - 2021-04-30. I love his enthusiasm!
- mutantC: Using CorePad in postmarketOS, Nexus 5x . Another CuboCore app demoed.
- CalcProgrammer1: Touchpad Emulator - A Virtual Mouse for Linux Phones (PinePhone). This is really cool!
- PINE64: PinePhone Beta Edition Quickstart Guide. Great video by PizzaLovingNerd, and thanks for the shoutout!
- Martijn Braam: How to insert SIM and SD into a PinePhone: The directors cut. This is one of my favourite PinePhone videos ever!
- Privacy & Tech Tips: Firejail To Increase Privacy On Linux (Pinephone/Pinetab Shown But Works For All Desktops/Laptops). Firejail is quite a nice program, I must say!
- JingOS: Developer Update | Gimp, Firefox and Libre Office test on JingOS ARM. Just because you can, does not mean you should. Also, Touchpad Emulator (see above) would have been quite helpful here. It's also noteworthy that we know now that this phone has an octa core CPU and 4GB RAM.
- Geotechland: The Best Linux Tablet Experience? Nice video!
- HyperVegan: Pine64 Pinephone | Convergence Package Unboxing.
- Matt Bulfinch: Ripping open the PinePhone 64....
- Paulo Kretcheu: Curso GNU Linux - Lab GNU #07 - Unboxing PinePhone.. Really in depth, and in spanish.
Stuff I did
I wrote two blog posts, one announcing the overhaul of this blog, and another discussing the question of the viability of this new Linux Phone ecosystem.