One more phone for GNU/Linux

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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 concerns plus additional ones due to the SoC apply there, too.)

VIA: liliputing

More Podcast Appearances: Nerdzoom and Schnapszahlbrothers

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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”. []

“Widescreen laptops are dumb”

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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.

freiesMagazin

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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
Klare Leseempfehlung.
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Marco Arment on Google and Blogs

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When I realized how well Google ranked Blogs running WordPress with very little optimization in 2006, I was amazed and also surprised. Yes, there were some great blogs, but this way of ranking also jazzed up not so great blogs, including my own.
In 2015, or rather since July 1st, 2013 this has changed, as Marco Arment points out:
Marco.org | Google and blogs: “Shit.”

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Logbuch: Netzpolitik

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Die am vergangenen Freitag erschienene Ausgabe 131 “Internet der kurzen Wege” des Podcasts “Logbuch: Netzpolitik”, hinter welchem Linus NeumannWiki, Blog und Tim PritloveWiki, Blog stehen, beinhaltet die Bitte, den Podcast doch bekannter zu machen. Selbst wenn man sich nicht für Netzpolitik interessiert, kann dieser Podcast unterhalten – und wenn man sich für (Netz-)Politik interessiert, also die politisch/rechtliche Ausgestaltung unserer stetig neuen technischen Realitäten, dann ist “Logbuch: Netzpoltitik”1 sozusagen “Pflichtlektürebeschallung“.
Logbuch: Netzpolitik

  1. Kenner verkürzen oft liebevoll auf “LNP”. []