Today marks the end of the PinePhone Community Edition scheme. On behalf of myself, the Pine Store crew and the entire PINE64 community I’d like to thank the UBports Foundation…
I would love to wait to the version with free wi-fi and bluetooth firmware. Still afraid to not use well the device and many people talk about a really good daily use on the end of 21.
I ended up ordering the Mobian edition… I’d been wanting to get one, and I love the Debian logo, so that was a good enough excuse.
Glad I got mine!
Nice. I def wanna try one out.
It’s so cool. I would switch to it as my daily driver if MMS worked. Oh and if there was a music player app. I can’t seem to mount my SD to at least try to play with MPV or VLC. It’s getting there though!
They still have some leftover KDE editions in the store.
I had hopes for an openSUSE edition, the logo would have look sweet - if they do anything with “official” backs to support the distros I’d definitely be interested.
I really liked Manjaro and Mobian, with the keyboard add-on fingers crossed that Maemo Leste makes a strong showing in the future as development continues.
With the upcoming introduction of regional retailers, we might see the availability of custom themed back-plates I would guess.
The keyboard addition would make it a uniquely useful device. A full linux desktop with the simplicity of a phone in your pocket, just pop the keyboard out and do whatever you need.
I hope this means that I’ll still be able to pick up some variant of it in some way soonish. I liked being able to count on some sort of version of cyclic availability.
I’m super excited to see what comes next, though 🙂
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Yes I am also thinking that my current smartphone is still good for a few years (which it will probably take for a hypothetical PinePhone2 to arrive).
But I installed Ubuntu Touch on mine, which is a nice middle ground. Keep an eye on their supported devices list, as quite a few Xiaomi devices have been ported recently. However note that “ported” does not mean all hardware features work 100%.
Community about running GNU/Linux on phones. Projects like Ubuntu Touch, Plasma Mobile, PostmarketOS, Mobian etc. Either on former Android phones or hardware like the PinePhone.