On May 25th, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is going to come into effect. With no comments in the last 5 years I decided to close the comment sections on this site for good, since having no comment section makes dealing with the new regulation much easier.
“But a laptop is more than just a video playback machine. For myself and millions of others, it’s the primary tool for earning a living. We use these machines to read, write, remember, create, connect, and communicate. And in most of these other applications, a 16:9 screen of 13 to 15 inches in size just feels like a poor fit.”
As a guy who among other laptops uses an ancient IBM ThinkPad X60s from time to time and does not own a single 16:9 laptop despite market realities, I obviously wholeheartedly agree.
I am late on this one, as I could have written about this way earlier. But I neglected to do so because it seemed to be just another good idea that will not work out—neither in the market place, nor technologically.
After this dark precursor on a very white device, the reMarkable paper tablet, let me start by pointing out that this is a device that comes close to fulfill my “Digital Assistant” “vision” I uttered in late 2009. In fact, it is the device that comes the closest of the countless devices I had for brief intervals of time (* = still have it): Continue reading “a reMarkable paper tablet”
While the Crowdfunder for the Librem 5 successfully finished, I want to shed some light on possible alternatives to it for people that want to run GNU/Linux on Smartphone hardware. First up: postmarketOS
postmarketOS (short pmOS) is a relatively new project. A little more than two months ago the projects founder ollieparanoid published a blog post titled: 100 days of postmarketOS, listing pretty amazing accomplishments in these first 100 days.
Instead of other attemps at getting GNU/Linux onto smartphones, pmOS aims to target multiple devices with small device specific parts and a set of software that then is interchangeable between multiple devices. It is based on Alpine Linux, a distrOnly recentlyibution designed for “power users who appreciate security, simplicity and resource efficiency”. Currently, 17 devices are supported (not counting QEMU targets) and in various states of support. The best supported devices currently is the good old Nokia N900, as it pmOS can stand on the shoulders of giants here with regard to mainline Linux support.
There is not one interface, due to a modular approach of pmOS and in order to support devices that are less capable. Currently, supported interfaces (more a “will be” than an “are” statement as far as I good gather) include good old Hildon (known from Maemo) and Plasma Mobile.
So, to boil it down: Device agnostic, UI agnostic, open and friendly.
Purism has now launched the campaign to crowdfund their smartphone, the Librem 5 I was writing about recently.
They ask for USD 1.5 Mio. Perks include a developer kit at USD 299 scheduled for June 2018, and (of course) the Librem 5 priced at USD 599, scheduled for January 2019.
The campaign will continue for 59 days, which (if I am not mistaken) makes October 23rd the last day of their campaign.
Note that the Crowdfunding happens on their own platform, they are not using Kickstarter or Indiegogo.
The 10 Year Neo1973 Anniversary Aftermath
Recently my feed reader delivered the news to me that ten years had passed since the release of the first Openmoko phone, the Neo Freerunner. For this occasion, two people, Michael Lauer and Harald Welte, then involved into the project have written special blog posts. Continue reading “Purism follows Openmoko”
→ Fefes Blog feiert 10. Geburtstag (mit einer Vielzahl an Gastbeiträgen).
Auch ich bedanke mich herzlich für viele Jahre guter Unterhaltung, und auch die Information zu ernsten Themen. Die Mischung ist großartig, das Design der Webseite ist “simplicity at its best” – auf die nächsten 10 Jahre.
1. The Event.
While it has been noticed that Tim Cook seemed to feel really comfortable on stage, it was too long. For me it started with a real downer. I don’t care about HBO, as I live in Germany. Then, the MacBook. Leaked before, still exiting. Nice engineering. But why rub the gold in peoples faces from the beginning?
Then the watch. First that model, Apple showing that it cares about the world. Confusing, though: Showing that Apple Watch helps rich white people running in Africa feels like a strange message to me. And that excitement. Oh, that must have been true, as she will have a blog on apple.com. At least
there was a woman on stage. Then Kevin “Adobe Flash” Lynch showing off a ton of features. Some useful for wealthy people (Apple Pay, Hotel Room unlock), others creepy (send your heartbeat), others whimsical (Draw
your dick ). Pricing. The “Edition”. I would rather buy a car for that money.
freiesMagazin ist genau das, was der Name verspricht: Es ist ein unter freier Lizenz in freien Formaten (HTML, PDF, EPUB) veröffentlichtes, kostenfreies Magazin über freie Software.
Und nicht nur das: In der aktuellen Ausgabe 3/2015 ist ein Artikel von Marcus Möller zum Thema “Privacy Guide – Anleitung zur Wahrung der Privatsphäre im Internet”.Direktlink
Im November 2013 habe ich mir zum bislang letzten Mal ein neues Smartphone gekauft. Es handelt sich um ein LG G2. Seitdem sind einige neue Geräte erschienen (ja, jetzt bald ist wieder Mobile World Congress, die Geräte-Schwemme hat schon erste Vorab-“Leaks” erfahren), aber auch wenn ich zuvor über Jahre ständig zu viel Geld für allerlei Smartphones ausgegeben habe, musste ich bald feststellen, dass das schnelle Wechseln plötzlich keinen Sinn mehr machte. Ja, das LG G3 ist schon ein bisschen besser, aber irgendwie nicht so richtig (wer braucht diese Display-Auflösung, und warum ist das Ding noch größer?). Samsung rühre ich aus Gründen (TouchWiz, Hardwaredesign) nicht an, HTC verbaute 4 Megapixel-Kameras und die Gehäuse sind im Vergleich zum verbauten Display zu groß.
Continue reading “Zurück zur Tastatur.”