A rather boring week: People love handhelds with keyboards, an unofficial PinePhone battery case, a translucent backcover and a little bit of software news. Oh, and PINE64 shared another community update!
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Editorial: Inside baseball
This one landed early for RSS people (additions have been marked with a footnote). The big, hidden news with this update is that this blog is now hosted on a public code hosting repository again. You can now file issues if a post is outdated or easily prepare a merge request for an outdated page (I am also working on a way to enable this kind of easy editing for the posts that need it). I also plan to start future updates and lengthy posts in seperate branches going forward, hoping that they will then get published eventually and not rot in my private Nextcloud notes. Will this change anything? I doubt it, but I look forward to your contributions!
- Penkesu Computer - A Homebrew Retro-style Handheld PC (via Liliputing). If a PinePhone in a keyboard case is not enough wide-screen or just not enough of a project for you, this thing might be it – if only that Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W packed more RAM than it does.
Hardware accessory news (PinePhone cases, mostly)
- lllsondowlll: Unofficial Pinephone Battery Case. A similar looking case is sold by a different brand in Europe, but I have not ordered one yet. Should I?
- 5ilver designed a Spacer for that case to make it fit properly
- If you always wanted a translucent, 3d printed case by for your PinePhone, you may want to get in touch with James (@jthecoder)
- Phoronix: Clutter Is Being Officially Retired. Farewell, and thanks for all the clutter!
- Phoronix: GNOME Shell 42 Lands Redesigned OSD Notifications. Assuming that these are going to land in Phosh, I am very much looking forward to less giant OSD notifications.
- Dino: Dino 0.3 Release: Video calls and conferences - encrypted and peer-to-peer. Please note: The main branch of Dino is not mobile-friendly yet and the feature/handy branch is a tad behind, but with Dino being ported to GTK4/libadwaita this app should work fine OOTB on our Linux Phones eventually!
- This Week in GNOME: #31 Bit Windy.1 GTK4/libadwaita ports going strong!
- GabMus: Swatch: a color palette manager.1 Interesting read, great to hear that libadwaita makes things easier for developers!
- Guido Günther shared some bits about future improvements coming to Phosh with regards to text input and lockscreen.1
- UBports: Ubuntu Touch OTA-22 Release.
- UBports: Press release: More and more smartphone users want alternative operating systems.
Capyloon rising from Firefox OS's ruins
- Danct12 has released another round of images for his Arch Linux ARM-based distribution.
- Manjaro ARM Beta 22 with Phosh is out, delivering some new (partially pre-release) software (via PineGuild.
- An unofficial Kali Linux port to the PinePhone has also appeared. Hello, fellow hackers!
Alternative Modem Firmware
Biktorgj released version 0.5.9 of his modem firmware. It's getting better and better, and you can call your modem now.
Cross-project Linux Mobile issue tracking
Tom wanted a cross-project, general issue tracker and set one up. I don't know how helpful this is to fix actual problems, but it might help with keeping track of overarching issues eventually getting fixed.
- Martijn Braam: PinePhone Camera pt5: Exploring more advanced post-processing for Megapixels pictures. Another superb post by Martijn! I look forward to this landing on my PinePhone!
PINE64 Community Update
- PINE64: February update: chat with the machine. There's a lot in there, and as always all is news to readers of this Weekly Update. So make sure to watch the little video clips interspersed detailing Plasma Mobile, the interactions with Biktorgj's modem firmware and if you're in the EU, PINE64 EU sounds great (and more details were shared on Twitter since). Also, if eInk tablets excite you, that PineNote progress sure is something – the fact that I already have a 10,3" eInk device I don't use enough helps me be patient and keep holding off, as there are still some major issues to be solved.1
PinePhone Call Quality
- TechHut: How to Flash Linux on the PinePhone.1 Just as a reminder: It's really easy. And if Tow-Boot shipped as a default on the PinePhone Pro, it would be even easier there.
Software for ARM devices
- It's FOSS News: KDE’s Latest Move Will Help Raspberry Pi and PinePhone Pro Users Immensely.1 Ok, ARM Snaps by KDE now. Luckily, their Flatpaks have (at those I tried) been built for ARM as well.
- Linux After Dark: Episode 11: Why Linux operating systems on small Arm devices almost all feel half-finished, and what we can do to improve things.. That guy Dalton sure knows his stuff, and explains Tow-Boot really well!
- Linux User Space: Episode 2:17: XXL MX. Looking forward to more PinePhone impressions!
PINE64 Community Update
- PINE64: February update: chat with the machine. Great video summary by PizzaLovingNerd!
- BlandManStudios: Shim your PinePhone (Pro) Keyboard - Fix Broken. Good to see this demoed on video!
- Nat Tuck: PinePhone Keyboard Case.
How's that Librem 5 doing?
- Nat Tuck: How's the Librem 5 in Feb 2022?. Actually, you could update this like you do update your regular Debian by editing that sources.list, but then you would miss out on new features like full disk encryption. Also: The camera app works for me, you just need to move these sliders – it's all manual. Maybe setting gain to zero by default is not a good idea.
Sailfish OS corner
- Leszek Lesner: SailfishOS App Podcast: Nightish - Blue light filter.1
- Some Jolla stuff: MMS on Sailfish OS fails if there's no text in Subject field.1
- Jozef Mlich: glacier-alarm demo.
- Niccolò Ve: The Linux Tablet That Could've Been.1 Sad.
- Linux Lounge: The £10 Linux Tablet Experience.1 I blame nVidia.
Minecraft on Waydroid on postmarketOS on the Pocofone F1
WayDroid on Ubuntu Touch on the Pocofone F1
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This post or comment was added after initial publication on February 18th, 2022.