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Pineloader Is a Brand-New Multi Bootloader for Your Favorite Linux Phone

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I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again: the world of Linux phones is evolving so fast that it’s probably just a matter of years until it finally becomes an alternative to Android and iOS.

And while that’s hard to imagine right now, Linux on mobile phones is gaining more and more traction, with fresh projects enabling new capabilities that aren’t otherwise possible on the other mobile platforms.

More recently, the PinePhone has received a new bootloader that allows multiple Linux operating systems to boot on the device. In other words, the so-called Pineloader is a multi bootloader that essentially allows users to choose what operating system they want to run when starting the PinePhone.

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Pinephone first steps

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This is my typical experience. Extending and customizing my laptop is a routine affair. Extending and customizing my phone is so painful that I give up every time. The software on my laptop feels like a comfortable old boot, worn in over years of tweaking and scripting. The software on my phone feels like a slot machine that moves all the buttons around once a month and holds my eyes open while the ads play. It's shiny and polished, but it isn't on my side.

The pinephone is a $150 mobile phone that aims to be able to run mainline linux. I bought one hoping to create an experience more like the experience of using my laptop.

Obviously writing an entire mobile suite is a big project, so I'm relentlessly cutting corners wherever possible and adopting an aesthetic of simplicity > capability.

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“deGoogled” /e/-Fairphone 3 now available!

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  • “deGoogled” /e/-Fairphone 3 now available!

    Thanks to a partnership with Fairphone we have been able to port /e/OS to the Fairphone 3, and that we can now sell /e/-Fairphone 3 in the EU!

    The deGoogled OS on the ethical smarpthone!

  • /e/OS Fairphone 3

    The deGoogled Fairphone 3 is most likely the first privacy conscious and sustainable phone. It combines a phone that cares for people and planet and an OS and apps that care for your privacy.

    It features a removable 3000 mAh rechargeable battery. And in case of an accident, with its replaceable modules, you can repair it your self with a single screwdriver.

    If you care about fairer technology, it is an obvious choice.

Devices: Purism, Allwinner, Rockchip

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  • The smartphone with convenience and control

    I often hear people saying that they have nothing to hide, and I usually reply that it is not about what you want to hide, it is about what you want to protect – your family’s privacy. Modern smartphones are convenience, always on and connected, but they come with a large attack surface to be exploited by hackers or even spying companies.

    [...]

    Purism believes building the Librem 5 is just one step on the road to launching a digital rights movement, where we—the-people stand up for our digital rights, where we place the control of your data and your family’s data back where it belongs: in your own hands.

  • Allwinner V831 AI Full HD Camera SoC Powers Sochip V831 Development Board

    In the last year or so, we’ve started to see several camera SoCs with a built-in NPU or SIMD instructions to accelerate face detection, objects detection and so on, starting with the low-resolution Kendryte K210 processor to the 2.5K Ingenic T31 MIPS video processor, or even the 4K capable iCatch V37 camera SoC.

  • Rockchip RK3588 8K TV Box Triples as 5G & WiFi 6 Router, Home Automation Gateway

    Rockchip RK3588 octa-core Cortex-A76/A55 processor was only expected in the second half of 2020 for IoT and vision/AI applications, but at least one company is working on a 3-in-1 product based on Rockchip high-end processor with a “5G AIoT 8K TV box” that also works as a 5G and WiFi 6, and with features such as Zigbee can also act as a home automation gateway.

    [...]

    The thing is supposed to run Android 9.0 operating system, but it’s a little odd that Rockchip does not work on an Android 10 for an upcoming processor.

New GNOME Mobile Shell Mockups Tease a Tactile Future on Tablets

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With Phosh, the mobile face of GNOME Shell, taking shape on phones it’s not a major leap to start thinking about how the GNOME user experience might function on larger screen sizes.

Like, say a tablet.

Despite some folks thinking that GNOME Shell is a touch-focused UI, it isn’t.

In fact, it’s pretty tedious to use without a keyboard or a mouse. Same was true of Unity, RIP.

To succeed in a finger-driven environment you need a finger-driven interface.

Just like the one on show in “very experimental” concept images recently shared by GNOME designer Tobias Bernard on the GNOME design Gitlab.

Tobias is lead UI/UX designer at Purism and works directly on Phosh.

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Also in GNOME today: Georges Basile Stavracas Neto: Timelines on Calendar

How to Enable Volume and Power Control in Amazon Fire TV Stick

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This quick guide helps you to enable the power and volume button in Amazon’s Fire TV Stick remote.
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Librem 5 review: The Linux-based smartphone is not close to consumer ready

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What do you do when you're sent a device for review that is clearly not ready for public consumption--or even ready for review? That's a tough question to answer, but it's one I will attempt to do in the following paragraph in my review of the Purism Librem 5 Linux-based smartphone.

This is one of the smartphones I've been anticipating for quite some time and, based on the product updates, I assumed the Librem 5 would be something mind-blowingly special.

My mind was blown. Unfortunately, not in the good way.

You must go into this, as I did, knowing that the reviewed product is in early beta.

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AirView Wireless Touchscreen Display Works with Phones, Laptops, Raspberry Pi, Etc. (Crowdfunding)

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We’ve already written about several displays that take USB-C, HDMI or/and WiFi inputs to add a monitor to phones or computers including DUO add-on display and LAPSCREEN.

AirView is another one of those and has launched on Kickstarter with a 13.3″ and 15.6″ Full HD versions featuring a touchscreen, built-in Miracast & AirPlay support, as well as HDMI and USB-C ports. It works with Android/iOS phones, traditional laptops & computers, SBC’s such as Raspberry Pi, and even game consoles.

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Librem 5 Updates and Interviews

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  • Librem 5 December 2019 Software Update

    Although we’re well into 2020, the changelog-style software progress reports for the turn of the year have yet to be published. Let’s fix that by giving a brief update of what happened in December.

    Some of the activities below were already mentioned in their own articles in Purism’s news archive; others will be covered in more depth in future articles. This is just a taste of all the work that goes into making the Librem 5 software stack. You can follow development more closely at source.puri.sm.

  • An Interview with fphemeral: Community Member & Librem 5 Early Adopter

    I recently had the pleasure of chatting with fphemeral, a longtime Purism community member, Librem 13 user and Librem 5 early-adopter. What stood out about fphemeral’s story was how big of role community and the the flexibility of our products played on his journey to improved privacy. Like many of our passionate community members, fphemeral is also developing a range of useful apps for his Librem 5 and sharing them with the community. Here’s the full conversation we recently had on Librem Chat.

'Open-source' Rotary Cellphone

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  • You can now own a mobile phone with a rotary dial — if that’s really something you want

    While some would be quite literally lost without theirs, smartphones that give us access to a world of information in our pocket but constantly ask to be pulled out of there and stared at have become so complicated many people now find them annoying.
    This has triggered the rise of “dumbphones”, which look like the mobile phones of the past while still having some modern technologies.
    These devices range from the quite cheap to the weirdly expensive.
    Some customers opt for these phones to disconnect from the always online world – while others merely want to be seen to be doing so.
    But if you’re looking for the ultimate disconnected phone, one tinkerer has the perfect device.
    Justine Haupt is an associate scientist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York.
    She’s also the creator of the open source Rotary Cellphone, a mobile phone with a tactile spinning dial like the kind that was common on house phones until around the 1980s.

  • Rotary Cellphone
  • Open-source rotary cellphone

    Justine Haupt made this handsome and completely functional rotary cellphone. Her design is open-source and you can even buy a case kit from her company, Sky's Edge Robotics. You have to find and carefully modify your own rotary dial, though -- they're apparently no longer made -- as well as a few other components.

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