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March Blog Update!

- Manufacturing status report

- & available for devs in April

- e-ink works with Q64

- pre-orders this month for $220

- Beta Edition preorders soon & keyboard update

- software progress and more!

pine64.org/2021/03/15/march-up

@PINE64 No love for the pinetab? My poor tab has a cracked digitizer.

@errantlibrarian @PINE64 I'd really love an update on the pinetab. Haven't heard anything for months about it

@PINE64 when preorders open for PineBook pro & PinePhone, shipments are not expected until 2022? Did I read that correctly?

@PINE64 Hi, UK person here, would I be better off getting a US PineBook Pro or waiting for the UK model?

@PINE64 the 15th of the month has quickly become my favorite day. Keep up the awesome work!

Any idea if replacement motherboards be available for the #pinephone when the beta edition is available? Totlly understand that this could change by the hour with all the wildness going on around part shortages.

@PINE64
Can't help but feeling very disappointed. Missed out on the last pine book pro and now it will only be usable with external keyboard 😥
Anyone have any idea for an alternative open source net book?
I assume this means the ISO keyboard version won't be available until components are back to normal.

@PINE64
Question, primarily related to the #Quartz64 SBC:
With the Rock64 and RockPro64 most releases came with a 4.4 kernel.
Which kernel version will be 'supported' for the Quartz64?

Was surprised it wasn't f.e. 4.9 as that is the kernel version for #Debian Stretch, but I just learned the 4.4 is a SLTS kernel.

Syncing with Debian Stable releases has many advantages.

An upgrade to 4.19 makes sense (Debian Buster + SLTS), but 5.10 would be better (Bullseye + SLTS)

cip-project.org/blog/2020/12/0

@PINE64
I'm guessing you're primarily (or only?) reliant on what #rockchip provides, and I'm also guessing that you have far better contacts and sway with them to persuade them to support/go for a more recent kernel.

SLTS = Super Long Term Support (kernel).
See also lwn.net/Articles/749530/

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