Weekly #LinuxPhone Update (16/2022): KDE Gear 22.04, postmarketOS v21.12 SP4 and ... never mind
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In other news: Shitphones are smart, a new phone that's going to be available with Ubuntu Touch, fun handheld hardware, funding for GNOME Shell Mobile and a Squeekboard bugfix release.
Commentary in italics.
- Liliputing: Volla Phone 22 runs Ubuntu Touch or a privacy-focused Android fork… or both (crowdfunding). While its an unlikely target for mainline Linux, its nice to see another Phone that officially supports Ubuntu Touch. Unless I am completely mistaken, its based on the Gigaset GS5 phone, which is definitely decent.
- This Week in GNOME: #40: Rows and Containers. Nice improvements - and it looks like someone needs to add another app to LinuxPhoneApps.org!
- Ergaster: Funding decentralised/local-first applications for GNOME.
- chergert: Porting GNOME Builder to GTK 4.
- Squeekboard had a bugfix release (1.17.1), fixing a rather bad scaling bug.
- Felipe Kinoshita: Tasks. Nice little app!
- KDE Announcements: KDE Gear 22.04. Nice improvements to Elisa, KDE Itinerary and Kalendar is now part of Gear!
- flypig: Sailfish Community News, 21st April, Sailfish SDK 3.9. Must read for Sailfish fans :)
- Maemo Leste: Sixteenth Update: November and December 2021, January - April 2022. Great progress! While the Conversations and phone app still require turning on the beowulf-devel repo, this is really impressive.
- postmarketOS: v21.12 Service Pack 4. Great, incremental improvements for postmarketOS's stable release!
- Chris Lord: WebKit frame delivery. Nice performance improvements on Wayland!
Running Software for other architectures
- Phoronix: Box86 0.2.6 / Box64 0.1.8 Released With Working Steam & Steam Play On Non-x86 CPUs.
- Phoronix: QEMU 7.0 Released With Intel AMX Support, Many RISC-V Additions.
- If you've ever wondered how to use the real GNOME Desktop on a Linux Phone, PineFLOWn has some nice info for you!
- Organic Maps is now on Flathub. Obviously, due to writing this update, I did not manage to try the app yet, but it's definitely exciting! Update 2022-04-23: Never mind. It's not for Linux Phones (yet).
- GNOME Shell Mobile gets funding from Germany. Finally something useful done with my taxes! ;-)
Smartphones are shit
- Jack Leightcap: Smartphones are Shit: the Case for LineageOS and the Pinephone. _Check the hn discussion if you feel like it.
- Matthew Garrett: The Freedom Phone is not great at privacy. Wasn't there a tradeoff between freedom and security, anyway? On a more serious note: This is even worse than I expected.
Impressions of Ubuntu Touch
- mr.smashy: Linux for Smartphones.
Sxmo on powerful hardware
- Anjandev Momi: Sxmo on the poco f1. Nice notch-handling!
Impressions of postmarketOS
- Jesse Smith for Distrowatch: postmarketOS on the PinePhone.
- Neil Brown: A global "scale-to-fit" for the PinePhone Pro. It's quick and simple, but I still stand by my recommendation.
More Hardware from Germany (well, maybe)
- TuxPhones: The PocketReform is a made-in-Berlin Linux handheld. Nice, but I am not sold on that keyboard.
- Ivon Huang: PinePhone runs without a battery.
- ItsMCB: Installing Tow-Boot On My Pine64 PinePhone Pro.
- CyberPunked: Ubuntu Touch - Google Pixel 3a (Sargo) - OTA-22 (2022-04-15).
- CyberPunked: Ubuntu Touch - OnePlus 6t / fajita (devel 2022-04-18) - double tap to wake.
- anino207: Hidden Feature in Ubuntu Touch Keyboard #shorts.
- anino207: Ubuntu Touch Gestures.
Abusing (?) postmarketOS
- Le.Chiffre: DIY: 10$ Raspberry Pi 4 alternative Samsung A5 with Alpine Linux PostmarketOS SSH docker pihole.
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