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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 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.

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