There should be no barriers to life-saving knowledge. Thankfully publishers are doing the right thing and making COVID-19 research open access eff.org/deeplinks/2020/03/embr

To counter demand, I've set up my own instance. Client-wise, everything looks very promising. However, server-side, I found some hair-raising issues:

- a newly installed instance is "open for public" by default. Imho, this is just crazy from a legal pov.
- jitsi needs around 5 subsubdomains for its various subservices.
- setting up a "secured domain" seems complicated and did not work for me (yet).

Given these, it's hard for me to give an unrestricted recommendation for it.

Excellent arguments for using and open source software presented by Achim Zeileis in today's keynote.

Slightly confusing - for some reason the 9 stable image for the says it is a development snapshot.

Our joint Open Source Test Management with and stand is up at and welcoming visitors in the K building on level one (next to the exit). If you are into testing, make sure you check it out.

Coupling and cohesion - this interesting construct in the room the meetup is about to start at shows exactly what happens when you couple stuff (here: table and chairs) that better should be left decoupled.

Visited the espruino stand at and I must say I am really impressed how solid the .js feels. Definitely a must-see if you are here.

@PINE64 Is the design of your hardware - especially the or the - copyrighted/patented or otherwise protected in some sense?

Background: I am designing a poster and need a clipart of a laptop and tablet. I would love to avoid the typical art that mimics apple hardware and use pine64 hardware instead.

The poster is about and will be unveiled at the Open Source Test Management stand at this year.

I would love to leave the x86 legacy behind and start into the new decade with a modern ARM64-based laptop!

Unfortunately, my from @PINE64 is stuck at customs clearance since two days. Seems like officials have a hard time believing that a brand-new laptop with a metal case sells that cheap.

I first sent them my invoice and a link to the shop but they were still not convinced. Now, I also supplied them with a screenshot from my online banking and hope they will finally process it.

New challenges for Free Software business models schiessle.org/articles/2019/11 via @bjoern

This is indeed a very interesting and critical aspect of free software. I watched an excellent talk about more or less exactly the same topic at FrOSCon this year. The speaker presented quite a few more models and discussed their limitations.

Not sure if you've seen it as well? In case you didn't, here's the reference:

media.ccc.de/v/froscon2019-246

@PINE64 Update: The link is now on the start page and points to the store, but the store is still down. Guess we have to stay patient.

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@PINE64 I can't find the link for ordering the brave heart edition. 😟 Any pointers appreviated.

Conducted first test with my new usb power meter by charging a cheap power bank from empty to full (nominal capacity stated by manufacturer: 2600mAh). So far, I like this power meter a lot.

November blog post is up! Pinebook Pro, PinePhone, PineTime... even the PineTab! We've got news on all of it.

pine64.org/2019/11/05/brave-he

@PINE64 Can you already say at what time pre-orders for the will open tomorrow (or maybe even tonight)?

First impressions after playing around with the and the from :

- great aes-xts-performance (~350 MB/s)
- great usb3-sata-performance (~280 MB/s)
- surprisingly low idle power consumption (~0.5W on the rock64, ~1W on the h64)

- both boards do *not* work with unstable kernel yet
- the h64 works with debian userland + kernel, the rock64 does not (but works with official on 5.3 kernel)

Overall: Great hardware, but does not work ootb like A64 yet.

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