What's your favorite thing you can do with your PinePhone that you can't do with Android or iOS? Please boost.
My favorite is using my fancy shmancy USB bus powered audio interface: https://fosstodon.org/@be/106161151835470569
@be that fuggin,, `sudo apt update`
no, seriously, see all the programs running on my phone and, relatedly, whether or not they're using the network
after that is probably either systemd shit (timers etc) or shell scripting
@be I guess you could wrap it up all pretty with a bow and say my favorite thing is administrating as opposed to merely using my phone
@marie_joseph It's such a joy to switch OSes on the PinePhone with good ol' fashioned `dd`. None of this whacky `adb` or `heimdall` mumbo jumbo that does the same stuff in overcomplicated ways that only Android uses.
@marie_joseph Though I hope more distros make graphical installers like postmarketOS's microSD card installer image that make it easy to encrypt the OS's filesystem.
@marie_joseph I'm kinda looking forward to compiling software on my PinePhone that I develop on my laptop, although I'm sure it will take a long time on the PinePhone's CPU. I might get a video monitor or a laptop dock specifically so I can develop on the PinePhone, although I think the development workflow transferring between laptop and PinePhone would be nice and easy. Just `git push` on laptop and `git pull` then compile on PinePhone.
@marie_joseph It would be awesome to cross-compile on my fancy schmacy quad core 8th gen Core i7 laptop CPU then download the build on my PinePhone. Perhaps Flatpak could facilitate that... 🤔
@be I believe Mobian's microSD installer also allows one to encrypt, but I haven't actually used it, just the stock installer that came on the eMMC
@be Install stuff.
Seriously. We can't install anything on iOS that isn't Blessed By Apple and it's AWFUL.
@be (That said, our Pinephone breaks about half the time we run an update and we still haven't gotten around to unbreaking it from last update. Definitely not suitable as a daily driver for us yet.)
@lanodan It blew my mind to find out the build requirements for Android. 400 GB storage and 16 GB memory. In other words, poor people need not apply. https://source.android.com/setup/build/requirements
I compile my own Android (well, LineageOS) and had to restart my computer just today because it froze and I have no idea why. Probably OOM'd even with 16 GBs of memory.
@be A clean build took 6 hours and failed! And I have a pretty OK CPU too, if a bit older (i7 7700K)
I might some day just switch to Lineage4MicroG instead. I don't have many patches left on my custom builds.
@be not gonna be a petty little shit about some probably pretty over-exaggerated & all-in-all mild technical constraints. yeah it'd be nicer if the mega huge os could build in a somewhat smaller confines. but it's not exactly that daunting a challenge, if you evaluate what that utility of computing really costs. I think there are probably hundreds of more real places to make a stand, that deserve real respect & attention.
@jauntywunderkind420 It's emblematic of Google's attitude of "fork everything, do it our way and if you don't like it too bad".
@be I very much despise them for always going it their own way, & for having tools & environments & stacks of other Android et centera dependencies that make their Software useless. to me that's a situation into it's own & I don't see high build "requirements" as emblematical or really related to that particular & seriously frequent curse.
I'm also used to kubernetes & knative decalaring they needed 16gb, for basically no cause. not no cause, kube took some space. but that requirement was so your app had 15gb. feeling like a swap space, even hd not ssd based, probably fills in similarly here.
@be Plugging in an external monitor and running the Gimp and other normal desktop apps.
I haven't tried it yet, but I'm thinking of pulling it into my Kerberos realm/LDAP directory.
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