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"

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:

@olimex Is it a known issue, that the official kernel in Debian unstable (5.7) hangs on the A64-OLinuXino while the stable kernel boots fine?

Apart from that - very nice board and good case! I just wish there was a cheaper variant with 2G of RAM but without the eMMC and in a "non-industrial" fashion.

If you're interested in getting started with the this post should help you setup a profile.

If you want to self-host something at home using an ARM64-board running Linux, both and are excellent distribution choices.

Unfortunately, they officially support only very few ARM64-based boards. Yet, you can run these systems unmodified on a lot more boards - provided you manage to install them.

Want to know how to find out if your ARM64-board might be "unofficially supported"? Or how to master the installation? Then my new article is for you:

"Le temps, c'est de l'argent"

I highly recommend this documentary about the value of time (available in French and German):

@PINE64 Do you offer the option for buyers of the UBPorts edition to switch to the pmOS edition in case you didn't produce/ship the device yet?

@mntmn Do you know of someone working on liberating the MNT Reform's platform from this TX firmware blob required for HDMI output? If yes - any estimate regarding likelihood for success (in the near future)?

@mntmn I like your MNT Reform project, however, I dislike the comparison with the because:

- there *are* 3D files of the pbp case available ("only" AutoCAD but still...)
- specs for the display *are* available, please look in the wiki
- like your machine, the pbp has M.2, sd and eMMC as well
- why does the pbp get a "no" for blobl-free boot? Mine boots up fine without blobs
- why is the price of the pbp not green?

Please be fair, do some basic research and fix these issues.

I made some progress in my attempt to build a powerful, energy-efficient and freedom-friendly ARM-based firewall/router.

It runs (with two patches), has five independent GBe ports and runs on the by .

Details and benchmarks here:

Crazy experiment completed. Now I know how long it takes to compile the two aarch64 kernels (using the config from unstable) on a using only microSD storage and the large heatsink.

Installing and configuring operating systems on single-board computers can be painful when there is no nearby ethernet connection available. A pocket-router that provides wired internet access over an existing wireless network can help here.

I just posted an article where I discuss why I decided to build one myself using and describe the particular steps conducted. Moreover, I also present measures regarding performance and power consumption.

There should be no barriers to life-saving knowledge. Thankfully publishers are doing the right thing and making COVID-19 research open access

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