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The Pocket P.C., short for Pocket Popcorn Computer, is a handheld created by the independent hardware manufacturer Popcorn Computer, and originally announced in the fall of 2019. This PDA comes with an integrated keyboard, and runs a pure Linux OS based on the Allwinner A64 platform. The specifications for
A relatively small German phone start-up, Volla, became famous in the mobile Linux community after introducing the first Volla Phone in early 2020. After one year, a concluded Kickstarter campaign and a partnership with UBPorts Foundation for complete Ubuntu Touch support, Volla has teased a new device in their "Community
A project that has recently got the attention of many FOSS journalists is the JingOS Linux distribution, coming from China and offering an explicitly "iPadOS-style" user interface according to its website. However, this is just the beginning of the project. The fil rouge connecting the varied target market (now x86_
November 2020: This tutorial is being updated to reflect the minor API and configuration changes in libhandy 1.0, which is the upcoming version. Thanks to Martin Chang (@marty188586) for the tipsFor those interested in using C instead of Python as programming language, developer Nilanshu Rajmane has ported our "Organizer"
The first PinePhone, initially launched (more or less) as a cheaper alternative to the Librem 5, gained enormous success thanks to continuous efforts by both software developers and the team, releasing several variants, upgrading specifications and making this $150 Linux phone probably much better than most people would have expected,
Modular phones have been hypothesized for years, with Phonebloks and Project Ara being the most popular concepts and just some shy experiments, like Fairphone 2, LG G5, Motorola Moto Z and Librem 5 inheriting part of the modular smartphone paradigm through replaceable boards, PCIe and other simple expansion mechanisms. However,
After the PinePhone "BraveHeart" (hardware 1.1) and the first Community Edition (1.2), Pine64 has released a new revision of their popular Linux phone, as announced in their July Update, their "biggest update in months". The new "postmarketOS Community Edition" variant ("1.2A") doubles on storage as an option,
Some days after the first Purism Librem 5 smartphones from the second, still developer-oriented "Birch" batch release, user reviews and videos have started appearing on the Internet. The most popular and dense "review" of the current Librem 5 Birch has been published (u/kop316) on the r/Purism Reddit community.
About two months after the first Purism Librem 5 batch was shipped, Pine64 has finally made the very first batch of PinePhones openly available for sale. We discussed the differences between these two pocket-sized Linux phones in an article some months ago, that might help you understand the key differences
Just some days after Purism released its first Librem 5 walk-through video, with the final device running its "GNOME" Phosh shell with impressive smoothness, postmarketOS developer Martijn Braam uploaded a video of himself assemblying by hand the first (finished) PinePhone prototype from a bag of parts. The show of impressive
Purism's Librem 5, arguably the first modern privacy-oriented Linux smartphone, has just started shipping its early Aspen batch to their earliest users. This very early batch of Librem 5 devices is still almost prototype-grade, featuring the very first mechanical and hardware design, with hand-crafted switch caps, initial apps and basic
Shortly after Purism crowd-funded the Librem 5 $650 privacy-oriented Linux smartphone, Pine64 announced the PinePhone, a $150 entry level alternative with similar design, aim and specifications. So which one should you choose - and why is the Librem 5 much higher cost still worth the investment? #Purism #Librem5 August 2019
Over the last months, PINE64/Pine Microsystems has been working hard on the PinePhone, an affordable ($150) privacy-oriented Linux smartphone. As currently available information is relatively fragmented among the PINE64 blog, wiki, chat rooms and social media profiles, this post aims to be a real-time (-ish) aggregator of what we
If there is a Linux smartphone that does not need any introduction, that is probably Purism's Librem 5. After a successful crowdfunding campaign launched back in 2017, which helped Purism raise about $2M, there have been several official updates on the progress of this device. However, most of the information
Over the last year, there has been a peak in smartphone oriented Linux distributions, probably due to the huge interest in projects like Purism's Librem5 and, more recently, the entry-level PinePhone. Another exciting development for this new segment of Linux devices is that Manjaro, the popular Arch-based (yet user-friendly) distro
After being announced several months ago, Pine64's inexpensive "PinePhone" Linux smartphone looks like a cheaper, entry-level alternative to the relatively popular Librem5 Linux smartphone by Purism, which promises total privacy and a full mobile Linux experience. In fact, most of the work on Linux for smartphones in the last months