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Lilbits: Meta Portal’s slow demise, Microsoft’s Fall 2023 Surface hardware event, KDE goes double-click by default, and Bodhi Linux 7.0 released

The Meta Portal line of products are smart displays that launched in 2018 when Meta was still called Facebook. With support for Amazon’s Alexa voice service, they were kind of the company’s answer to an Amazon Echo, but with the added bonus of Facebook Messenger support, making them one of the easiest ways to place […]

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Rhino Linux is a rolling release, Ubuntu-based Linux distro with PC, PinePhone, and PineTab support

Rhino Linux is a new GNU/Linux distribution that’s based on Ubuntu, but which handles some key things differently from Canonical’s operating system. Unlike Ubuntu, Rhino is a rolling release operating system, which means that updates are delivered frequently, and whenever they’re available rather than saving everything up for a major OS update that comes only […]

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Megi’s PinePhone multi-distro image is getting PinePhone Pro support (test many mobile Linux distros with a single microSD card)

The PinePhone and PinePhone Pro are smartphones designed to run mobile Linux distributions. While they ship with builds of Manjaro featuring the KDE Plasma Mobile user interface, there are a whole bunch of other operating systems designed to run on the phones. For the past few years, developer megi has been offering Phinephone multi-boot disk […]

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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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Ubuntu Touch OTA-1 Focal brings Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to smartphones

The community of developers who have been keeping the dream of Ubuntu phones and tablets alive since Canonical abandoned the project have announced that the first stable build of Ubuntu Touch based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS “Focal Fossa” is here. Ubuntu Touch OTA-1 Focal is officially supports five phones at launch. It can also run […]

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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 […]