One more phone for GNU/Linux

KDE and Necuno Solutions today announced a new open source GNU/Linux smartphone that is supposed to be running a Plasma Mobile based interface. Based on the FreeScale/NXP i.MX6 SoC, which is quite dated, this thing certainly reminds me (in terms of the hardware) of what Purism initially intended to deliver. All in all, while I am interested, I will just patiently wait if this project will ever deliver anything: The software isn’t there, the hardware does not seem to be totally defined yet. Smells like vapourware to me.

(Actually, I find the PinePhone more interesting, although the same doubts apply there, too.)

VIA: liliputing

An update on the reMarkable paper tablet

In April I wrote down my impressions on the reMarkable Paper Tablet. This is  an update to that post.

How much did I use it?
For some time, I have used it a lot.But after getting a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet,1 my use the reMarkable
dwindeled as that Surface was just a lot more convenient for what I did at the time.2 Unfortunately, the Surface started to suffer from “ghost touch” issues, which – while I still like to do stuff with the pen on it – has made me use the reMarkable more again, with the Surface serving as a laptop replacement.3

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  1. Because it turned out that using the recommended tools (mostly Citavi and Microsoft Office) for university can make life easier, especially as I spend my workdays in Microsoft Word anyway. []
  2. Marking up PDFs with colors is sometimes more useful than doing it in black and white. []
  3. Mostly in portrait mode with a ThinkPad USB keyboard attached, which is tremendously great for text writing and editing. Everybody should try this. []

Early Learnings in Podcasting

Sifting through my recent posts here, I think I forgot what this blog is supposed to be, and made it something like a LINMOB thingy again. So here is a post about nothing for a change. It may turn out quite personal, I don’t know yet.

Recording setup in Copenhagen.
SZB001 recording setup in Copenhagen.

When you start doing something new, you always learn a lot. There are two sides to this: There are things you need to learn in order to get whatever it is that you just started doing done. And then, there are things you learn about the world by doing these new things.

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More Podcast Appearances: Nerdzoom and Schnapszahlbrothers

Once again I was allowed to take part in the recording of an episode of the NerdZoom Podcast, which hopefully is an entertaining and informative listening if you care about nerdism and Linux on smartphones. Big thanks to Marius and Max for having me!

Also, on the 11th of November I launched a podcast with my brother called “Schnapszahlbrothers”1, which will have 11 episodes in total (for this first season), being released on the 11th and 22nd of each month.

Unfortunately, both formats are recorded in german language. But I might… no, no spoilers.

  1. Rough translation “repdigit brothers”, “Schnaps” is “booze” in english, “zahl” is “number” or “digit”. []

The Nook Glowlight 3

Another post on a device featuring an eInk screen, how likely is that? I honestly don’t know, but this is another post about such a thing.

I have been an avid buyer of the devices US book giant Barnes & Noble has made under the Nook brand since 2012, when I purchased a Nook Simple Touch. Than, in 2015 (?) I upgraded to a Nook Glowlight Plus which I unfortunately broke a couple weeks ago. Recently, I purchased the latest iteration of Barnes & Noble’s 6″ eInk product: The Nook Glowlight 3.

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PSA: No more comments.

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.

“Widescreen laptops are dumb”

Vlad Savov, writing for The Verge on laptops and aspect ratio:

“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.

a reMarkable paper tablet

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”

More GNU/Linux on Smartphones: 1. postmarketOS

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.

Target devices:
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.

Approach:
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.