Pedro reviews a laptop, Linux goes mobile, Mint embraces Flatpacks, and Microsoft does something cool? All this plus your emails.
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Colour key – Venn Pedro
Ring ring ring Linux phone
- Linux as an app.
- Could run any distribution theoretically.
- Not ready yet but it’s aimed for the upcoming deX station.
- We all want a device like this but (like VR) the tech is simply not ready.
Bite sized Linux MKII is in the works
- I’ll admit, I expected the GPD Pocket to fail miserably.
- Outside of a few driver and software issues, the Ubuntu version of that is actually not terrible hardware-wise.
- We even had Atomic on video talking about it, a few month back.
- Throwing a Intel Core M3-7Y30 in this critter almost makes it usable.
- Almost every complaint I had over the Slimbook is so much better on the Infinity Book.
- Even the crappy chiclet keyboard. It’s still bad but not absolutely godawful.
- They said that there will be Coffee Lake versions when Intel actually, officially, releases the new parts.
- What about RYZEN?
Importance > low
- Not being able to install packages with the competing format =’s low.
- That said, I tested this in 17.04 and everything worked?
- Then again I have run into issues /w flatpacks installing from flathub but I blame that on bad packaging.
Mint goes Flat
- Oh Snap.
- It is a good way to get the latest and greatest on your LTS based distro.
- Not really that surprising since flatpacks work OOTB /w Ubuntu.
Get that management engine off my lawn! (Steve0)
- Sensationalist fluff aside, the big take away is that Purism got coreboot running on Skylake chipsets.
- They can blacklist the ManagementEngine, that’s the proprietary BS chip Intel includes in every processor to be able to remotely disable them if they feel like it.
- AMD too is guilty of this, they call theirs the PSP.
- Which reminds me, remember when AMD said the top level was discussing the open sourcing of PSP?
- They still haven’t and most likely never will.
- And neither will Intel with ME.
- So if you want true freedom at firmware level, you will need to run coreboot or something the like.
- It’s not a purposeful backdoor.
- That said, Purism is a front for the NSA.
I would have also settled for Belligerent Barista
- Pretty sure there’s a porn movie called Bionic Beaver.
- But then again, I’m also pretty sure they’re entirely aware of this.
- 26th April is still long away,
Open Source audiobook organization for the desktop
- Somebody out there has been looking for a tool like this.
- The rest of us use our mobile devices.
- So it’s VLC with artist replaced with reader?
- No read along, no m4a/m4b, no audible, no support for the MPRIS spec.
- The article says these are coming, I hope they come before I forget this application exists.
Open source laptops, take two
- I give that a solid 9/10 on the TSA scale.
- That’s bulky and janky!
- With a base that thick, you could probably slap a Dell E6400 sticker on it and it’d look legit.
Slice of Pi
Microsoft does something cool
Just in time for Thanksgiving
- Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.