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Lilbits: SiFive Performance P870, an Intel Alder Lake-N NAS, and Raspberry Pi OS Bookworm

Over the past year we’ve seen Chinese PC makers including Topton and AOOSTAR selling a mini PC that’s clearly designed for use as a file storage server. Not only does it have two M.2 2280 slots for solid state storage, but there’s also room for two 3.5 inch hard drives or SSDs. The first models […]

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Lilbits: Samsung’s new foldables and AMD’s new security vulnerability

Samsung’s newest Galaxy Z foldable phones are up for pre-order. Prices start at about $1000 for the Galaxy Z Flip5 and $1800 for the Galaxy Z Fold5, although various retailers are offering free storage upgrades, gift cards, or other perks to sweeten the deal before the phones are generally available on August 11. Meanwhile, I […]

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Lilbits: Mobian’s first stable release (Debian for phones), Pixel Feature Drop, and cheap Intel chips for gaming

Mobian is a mobile GNU/Linux distribution that starts with Debian as its base, but adds support for mobile-friendly user interfaces such as Phosh, Plasma Mobile, and sxmo and support for smartphone hardware including cellular radios. It’s been under development for a few years, but now the team behind Mobian have announced that the first “stable […]

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Debian 12 “Bookworm” released with Linux kernel 6.1 and a new non-free firmware repository

Debian is one of the oldest GNU/Linux distributions, and it continues to serve as the foundation for many other Linux-based operating systems including Ubuntu, Kali, MX, and the Raspberry Pi OS, among others. The operating system is also known for emphasizing stability over flashy new features, and it can take a long time for new […]

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Lilbits: iPhone 14 announcement imminent, UE Wonderboom 3 has a micro USB port, don’t count out Netflix games just yet, and Linux phone news

Rumor has it that Apple could introduce the iPhone 14 family on September 7th and make the phones available in stores the following week. Meanwhile in Linux phone land, there have been some exciting developments recently… but also some friction between one of the companies that helped spur development of Linux for phones in recent […]

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Lilbits: Debian and GNOME celebrate birthdays, AMD Zen 4 desktop chips coming soon, more Windows games can run on Linux via Proton 7.0-4

Valve’s Steam Deck handheld gaming PC ships with a Linux-based operating system called SteamOS, which is part of the reason Valve can set starting prices as low as $299. But if the Steam Deck could only play native Linux games, it wouldn’t be much use as a gaming PC. So Valve developed Proton, a tool […]

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Lilbits: Intel Arc graphics, Debian 11, Asus ROG Phone 5s, and PinePhone Keyboard

Intel says its new graphics technology formerly known as DG2 will launch in early 2022, as part of a new Intel Arc brand for high-performance graphics products. With support for features including 4K upscaling, variable rate shading, and real-time ray tracing, Intel is bringing the sort of features that had previously been the realm of […]

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Lilbits: Linux phones and laptops, gaming on the Surface Duo, and is Netflix the Netflix for games?

Every time a company launches a game subscription service that lets you play a library of games for a monthly fee, it invariably gets referred to as a Netflix-for-games model. Now it looks like the real Netflix for games could be… Netflix. The company is reportedly looking to hire an executive to head up a […]

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Mobian begins porting its Debian-based OS to more smartphones and tablets

Mobian is a mobile Linux distribution based on Debian. Designed to run on phones and tablets compatible with mainline Linux kernels, the operating system originally supported just three devices: the PinePhone, Librem 5, and PineTab. But now the team has announced initial support for a few more devices: the OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T, Pocophone F1 […]

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Lilbits: ARM computers, Linux phones, and the Pixel 2 rides off into the sunset

After rocking a Google Pixel 2 as my primary smartphone for the past three years, I took advantage of a Google Fi Black Friday promotion and traded in my phone for a brand new Pixel 4a 5G for $298 after trade-in. There were two reasons I decided the time was right to upgrade. First, my […]

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Mobian Linux is now available for the PineTab (as well as the PinePhone)

Mobian is a project that transforms the Debian GNU/Linux distribution into a mobile-friendly operating system by bundling Debian with a phone-friendly user interface and a selection of mobile apps. First launched this summer as an image that can be installed on the PinePhone, the developers of Mobian have announced that the operating system is now […]

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Mobian is a Linux-based smartphone OS based on Debian

Now that there are a handful of smartphones designed to run GNU/Linux distributions, there are a growing number of developers creating phone-friendly operating systems. One of the latest is called Mobian, and while it’s not exactly a brand new distribution, it is a set of software that makes it possible to run the popular Debian operating […]