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One Year of postmarketOS: Mainline Calling!

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Wow, so it has been one full year since the public announcement of postmarketOS, and what a year it has been! During this time the project has grown beyond our wildest dreams; dozens of contributors making a wide variety of contributions, friendships made, bragging rights established (and lost, and re-established), Doom running on things it probably shouldn't, and we're ultimately just getting started. This post is also a celebration of all the hard work that has gone into postmarketOS in the last year, it's first year!

Before we begin with our list of changes since the last post in December and other exciting news, a quick intro for folks just now learning of this project for the first time: postmarketOS aims to be a sustainable operating system that empowers users to safely use their devices for as long as possible (ideally until they physically fall apart). The system is designed to share as many packages as possible between supported devices, with the ability to make exceptions for a few device-specific packages as appropriate/needed. This is in contrast to systems like Android, where the many device-specific changes are required to support any particular device.

At this point, postmarketOS is only meant to be used by developers. In most instances, phone calls, SMS, bluetooth or the mainline kernel won't work on your device, and there's the firmware problem.

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Devices: Eelo, The Psion Gemini, “Isaac" and Android P Beta 2

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  • Leaving Apple & Google: a general eelo development status

    Last year, I decided to leave Apple & Google: I want to free myself from the smartphone duopole, I want to regain control over my data privacy, I want to protect my freedom.

    At first, I thought I would just fork Android, add a better design, remove any Google stuff, select a few privacy-compliant web services and add them to the system.

    A little more than 6 months later, I realize that we’re building something really, really bigger than I had expected. This is made possible by the tremendous support I’m getting from many people around the world, and by a growing community of eelo contributors…

  • The Psion Gemini

    So, I backed the Gemini and received my shiny new device just a few months after they said that it'd ship, not bad for an indiegogo project! Out of the box, I flashed it, using the non-approved linux flashing tool at that time, and failed to backup the parts that, err, I really didn't want blatted... So within hours I had a new phone that I, err, couldn't make calls on, which was marginally annoying. And the tech preview of Debian wasn't really worth it, as it was fairly much unusable (which was marginally upsetting, but hey) - after a few more hours / days of playing around I got the IMEI number back in to the Gemini and put back on the stock android image. I didn't at this point have working bluetooth or wifi, which was a bit of a pain too, turns out the mac addresses for those are also stored in the nvram (doh!), that's now mostly working through a bit of collaboration with another Gemini owner, my Gemini currently uses the mac addresses from his device... which I'll need to fix in the next month or so, else we'll have a mac address collision, probably.

  • Robotics dev kit runs new Isaac SDK on octa-core Xavier module

    Nvidia announced an “Isaac” software developer platform for robots and other autonomous machines that runs on its Linux-friendly octa-core, ARM64 “Jetson Xavier” module with integrated high-end Volta GPU. A $1,300 dev kit is due in August.

  • Android P Beta 2 Released With Final APIs, 157 New Emojis And More

Sandwich-style hacker board debuts new quad -A7 Rockchip SoC

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Firefly’s Core-PX3-SEJ COM runs Ubuntu or Android on a new quad -A7 Rockchip PX3-SE SoC. The module is available as part of a $120 Firefly-PX3-SE dev board with -20 to 80℃ support.

Firefly’s SODIMM-style, 67.6 x 40mm Core-PX3-SEJ module runs Android 5.1 or Ubuntu 15.04 on a Rockchip PX3-SE (translated), a new 1.3GHz, quad-core, Cortex-A7 SoC. The $40 module is available in a 1GB RAM/8GB eMMC configuration on a $120, 117 x 85mm Firefly-PX3-SE development board. Other memory configurations may also be available (see spec list below).

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Graphics: Wayland, RadeonSI, NVIDIA and More

  • Session suspension and restoration protocol
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Fedora and Red Hat: Fedora Atomic, Fedora 29, *GPL and Openwashing ('Open Organization')

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    - Back in early May was the announcement of the Silverblue project as an evolution of Fedora Atomic Workstation and trying to get this atomic OS into shape by Fedora 30. Beginning with Fedora 29, the plan is to officially rename Fedora Atomic Workstation to Fedora Silverblue. Silverblue isn't just a placeholder name, but they are moving ahead with the re-branding initiative around it. The latest Fedora 29 change proposal is to officially change the name of "Fedora Atomic Workstation" to "Fedora Silverblue".
  • Fedora 29 Will Cater i686 Package Builds For x86_64, Hide GRUB On Boot
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  • Total War: WARHAMMER II Coming to Linux, Red Hat Announces GPL Cooperation Commitment, Linspire 8.0 Alpha 1 Released and More
    Starting today, Red Hat announced that "all new Red Hat-initiated open source projects that opt to use GPLv2 or LGPLv2.1 will be expected to supplement the license with the cure commitment language of GPLv3". The announcement notes that this development is the latest in "an ongoing initiative within the open source community to promote predictability and stability in enforcement of GPL-family licenses".
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  • A summer reading list for open organization enthusiasts
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Server Domination by GNU/Linux

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