A recent article on a big tech news site included this phrase:
"[...] Linux phones like the PinePhone, [...]are full of closed-source firmware from non-open components"
We'd like to clear the record: The #PinePhone has two blobs -- neither runs on the main SoC: One loaded to WiFi/BT module, other enclosed within the cell modem. In the modern world of tech, both blobs are unavoidable.
For an overview from someone with deep knowledge of both the PinePhone and Librem 5: https://tuxphones.com/yet-another-librem-5-and-pinephone-linux-smartphone-comparison/
I'll be presenting on the FOSDEM main stage about Linux on mobile together with Merlijn Wajer from Maemo Leste. If you can not make it, make sure to watch the livestream!
Now that we're all rested from the holidays, time for you all to sign up for some fun activities: https://fosdem.org/2020/news/2019-12-31-call-for-volunteers/ Jokes aside, it would be literally impossible to make FOSDEM happen without all the wonderful people who volunteer, so thank you :) !
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The Plasma Browser Integration plugin is really great! Not only can I control music playing in the browser from keyboard shortcuts and the menu in the taskbar but even from the buttons of my Bluetooth headphones!
(The only thing missing is Plasma displaying the battery percentage of my headphones, as far as I know it's supported but BlueZ doesn't publish battery infos from my headphones for some reason)
It's time for us to give back -- not just to our community, but to those less privileged.
Read about it in our new blog post: https://www.pine64.org/2019/08/19/its-time-to-start-giving-back/
Today's release of our IDE KDevelop 5.4 adds Meson build system, Scratchpad and many improvements and fixes. Get the AppImage now! https://www.kdevelop.org/news/kdevelop-540-released
drebrez got a 5.1.0 kernel (with minor patching) running on the Galaxy Nexus - and he started with nothing but forced reboots and kernel panics, then worked his way up to the display and earphone audio!
It's time to grab your favorite drink and celebrate this tale and a lot more with us in the two years of postmarketOS blog post:
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