Ubuntu Touch OTA-16 is nearly here! Please help us test this release to ensure everything that was fixed is really fixed!


#UbuntuTouch #OTA16 #UBports

As people like to claim that they're better off when not installing microcode updates provided by their CPU vendor, I wrote a counterpoint: https://patrick.georgi.family/2021/02/13/on-microcode/

I'm super excited and happy to share this: p9f.org/

Hello Plan 9 Foundation! \o/


Just watched this interesting talk from 2016 that gives good arguments for quitting social media:


Given today's times of the pandemic, such a step might sound drastic. Yet, I think the world could be a much better place if more people would use the time they lose on social media to do something more meaningful.

You have a and ...

- want to run a stable version of or ,
- want to use only official mainline versions of kernel and u-boot without unofficial patches,
- don't want to use non-free software / proprietary blobs,
- don't want to use unofficial 3rd party repos?

Meanwhile, most of this is achievable. I've collected some bits of information on that and condensed them in an article I recently posted on my personal website:


Photo of the result:

The modem (yes, the modem) can now run Linux kernel 5.10 ( @postmarketOS )... we're sure many of you know where this is heading :)
Massive thanks to biktorgj, konradybcio and others.

I did a small idle power consumption experiment with my (PCB 1.2b). I used on with all radios turned off.

Starting from a charge with 86% it lasted more than 4 days. Not surprisingly, the device's case remained cool during this time.

Although this is not as good as what you get from most Android devices (such as my Galaxy S3 running ), I'm still very impressed about this progress. Many thanks to all who contributed to make this a reality!

Is anyone of you into RISC-V?

Finally, it looks like there is a (first?) MiniITX mainboard powered by a RISC-V CPU planned to be available in March 2021:


I would probably miss SATA on this one, yet I wonder if this is already usable in production, e.g. for a home server. Also, getting concrete data on power consumption would be very interesting.

@PINE64 Will there be chances to get revisions newer than 1.2b of the mainboard for braveheart / ubports owners at this special price? Or is this a "do it now or never" thing?

@postmarketOS I was wondering what the current state of your -stable channel is. The message in pmbootstraps says

> stable: Stable release channel (first beta v20.05, does not have many devices yet)

So does this mean it is still in beta? Or was it in beta in May this year and has steadily improved since then?

Wir dürfen nicht vergessen zu erwähnen, wenn sich etwas zum Guten ändert. Auch und gerade dann, wenn es eine Selbstverständlichkeit sein sollte.

Countdown läuft!
Morgen ab 10 Uhr startet der #LinuxDay.
Diesmal online (statt in #Dornbirn) unter linuxday.at mit 2 Vortragstracks mit insgesamt 12 Beiträgen.
Alle Infos findet ihr unter linuxday.at/was-wie-wo-2020
Viel Spass und hoffentlich sehen oder lesen wir uns in #BigBlueButton, #Jitsi oder #RocketChat!
#Linux #LUGV #Vorarlberg

Wow, the Pine A64 LTS from @PINE64 draws less than 0.8 Watts in idle with network connected! This is impressive for a 64bit ARM Quadcore SoC with 2 GiB of RAM and gigabit ethernet.

I just feel sooo cheated spending 50 cents for the additional aluminium heatsink. ;-)

And best of all - this is while running with the stock and rock-stable kernel 4.19.

As a side note, migrating my installation from another hardware was as easy as reflashing u-boot and swapping the sdcard.

Just received my FriendlyARM R2s with metal case today. The hardware makes a good first impression (for comparison, an old 32bit OrangePi zero, it's the one with the wifi antenna).

There's no official config for it u-boot yet, so I tried Armbian with kernel 5.4 which works fine so far. The machine draws around 0.3A at 5V in idle with WAN port connected - not that bad if you ask me.

Sometimes I get asked whether there is anything better you can do to support software freedom on mobile devices than buying a from @PINE64.

Obviously, you can - simply buy *two* pinephones! My braveheart's younger sister finally arrived.

@olimex Still trying to solve my troubles with the A64-OLinuXino:

- Kernel 5.7 and 5.8-rc5 boot but the luks password is asked on HDMI and does not appear on serial console
- kernels 5.4 (mainline self-compiled), 5.7 (debian unstable) and 5.8-rc5 lock up after a few seconds when the display goes blank.

I now have a stable configuration: Kernel 5.4 (mainline), your u-boot fork and uboot params "console=ttyS0,115200 hdmi.audio=EDID:0"

Will further try variants to find the actual cause.

It's that time of the month again -- the July 2020 Update Blog is live!

I have said we have too much news to list for several previous entries, but that's especially true today. This is the biggest update we've had yet.

- @postmarketOS Edition preorders live
- OG upgrade kit back on horizon
- with @JF firmware upcoming
- Say hello to


Want to run a small server on a not officially supported arm64 board with or and encrypted rootfs on flash-friendly filesystem (f2fs)?

I just pushed a major revision of my howto article on that:


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