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Lilbits: Purism’s refund policy (or lack thereof), Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE, and better QR code scanning

The Purism Librem 5 Linux smartphone has had a long and storied journey. Purism was one of the first companies to announce plans to release a smartphone capable of running software based on a mainline Linux kernel… but it took years for the company to actually begin shipping phones to customers who had placed pre-orders, […]

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Lilbits: Windows Updates for outdated versions of the OS, Android 14 Beta 4, and MediaTek Dimensity 6100+

One of the least fun things about installing Windows using the original installation media is waiting for the operating system to download and install all the updates that were released after the installation media was created. It’s even more frustrating if you’re trying to install a version of Windows that’s no longer support by Microsoft. […]

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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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Lilbits: More games for the Steam Deck (and other Linux PCs), more Pixel Tablet leaks

Valve’s Steam Deck ships with the Linux-based SteamOS operating system pre-installed, but it can run a lot of Windows games thanks to Valve’s Proton software, which translates many Windows system calls to Linux. The tool is based on the long-running Wine project, but places an emphasis on gaming. Today Valve released one of the biggest updates […]

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Lilbits: Is AMD developing hybrid chips with Performance and Efficiency cores too?

It’s been more than a decade since ARM introduced its big.LITTLE  architecture that allowed chip makers to combine high-performance CPU cores with energy-efficient CPU cores on the same chip. And it’s been a few years since Intel brought a similar design to its x86 processors, beginning with the company’s 12th-gen processors based on “Alder Lake” […]

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-25 ships this week (final build based on Ubuntu 16.04)

A new build of Ubuntu Touch is scheduled for release on March 24, 2023. It will bring a number of bug fixes and usability improvements. Ubuntu Touch OTA-25 will also be the final version of the operating system that’s based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS “Xenial Xerus”. Update 3-31-2023: Ubuntu Touch OTA-25 is now available for several […]

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Lilbits: A Raspberry Pi RP2040-powered game console-on-a-stick and a single-board PC with NVMe support and 2 Ethernet ports

Raspberry Pi’s RP2040 chip is designed for dirt cheap microcontroller boards like the Raspberry Pi Pico, which sells for as little as $4. With a 133 MHz dual-core ARM Cortex-M0+ processor and 264KB of memory, it’s clearly not designed to be a general-purpose computer. But folks have managed to build things like game consoles, pocket […]

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Lilbits: A DIY Raspberry Pi-powered eReader, Pixel 7a specs leaked, and what’s next from Framework?

We’ve seen people design eBook readers around Raspberry Pi hardware before. But there’s still something pretty nifty about seeing a new open hardware project that shows you don’t need to settle for buying a Kindle, Kobo or other name-brand device to read eBooks on an electronic paper display. Redditor /u/thataintthis shares details of DIY piEreader […]

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Now you can run some Windows apps on Ubuntu Touch phones (emphasis on some)

Ubuntu Touch is mobile version of the popular Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution that’s optimized for phones, tablets, and other small touchscreen devices. Like many mobile Linux distros, it also allows you to run some Android apps if you install Waydroid to run Android in a container. Now you can run some Windows apps as well, thanks […]