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A small reminder: if you buy based devices, you are likely buying e-waste in the long run.

Some devs tried to port the mainline kernel to these chips, but low interest and extreme fragmentation mean that almost none of these SoCs are actually future-proof. There are *some* exceptions, like MTK-based Chromebooks (a deal with Google forced them to upstream the chips), but otherwise the company has no interest in long-term support. In fact, you will hardly find sources on some models.

Enjoying an Internet without Facebook. If only for a little while.

#DNS #FacebookDown

@tuxdevices doing this on right to repair, for environmental purposes, is the right spirit. thinking not just of today & corporate desires, but of a future worth having, worth building.

i've called the current phone security policy (3-4 years of support then throw it out) ecocidal. glad to see some change. honestly i'm not surprised it's facebook. they desperately need some good karma stories in their favor. breaking out of the "our product, you use it" mold is a huge win.

random old post of mine on ewaste & android upstreaming, there's a bunch more about,

this is so good to hear.

Oculus Go will allow sideloading of custom firmware and rooting for environmental purposes 🌍

If you use #GMail, #Google keeps records of everything you buy, even if you delete the email receipt, and even if you didn't buy the product from them. Here's metadata from my takeout showing price, delivery address, description, vendor, etc. #privacy

Finally, a good update on the manufacture of the Fxtec Pro1-X.
They now have an in-house engineer working on Linux mainlining.

"On average, Bitcoin generates 272 g of e-waste per transaction processed [and] could produce up to 64.4 metric kilotons of e-waste at peak Bitcoin price levels seen in early 2021. The demand for mining hardware may disrupt semiconductor supply chains."

We received a A1 pre-production sample for an honest and in-depth review, which we will work on in the next few days.

In the meanwhile, we made a quick unboxing video showing the device and its magnetic keyboard, which you may find interesting.

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