November 24, 2020 | 23:15

Linux Smartphone Project - Part III

Today I will report a brief description of the battery and power management of Mobian on a Pinephone. Reading the battery parameters from the console was already quite special. The usual way with upower was not successful and provided only zero values. Without ACPI the readout only worked with: # cat /sys/class/power_supply/axp20x-battery/uevent My first measurements: At idle with active mobile network, BT and WLAN and 50% display brightness the power consumption is about 2. Read more

November 19, 2020 | 13:05

Linux Smartphone Project - Part II

What was missing in the first part the day before yesterday, I will catch up today: Screenshots! This led to the question of how to do this? A hotkey like in iOS (home + on/off switch) is unknown to me on the Pinephone. The classic desktop Linux tools like Gnome Screenshots or Peek are installable but do not work properly. It’s quite banal, they fail due to the fact that I cannot trigger any hotkey on a touch display UI. Read more

November 17, 2020 | 16:50

Linux Smartphone Project - Part I

Welcome to my new blog series and travel report. After more than 12 years with Apple iOS, and before that already 7 years with Microsoft PocketPC devices and before that - we are already in the 90s - with Palm (my PalmV is still alive!) I finally think it’s time to move on and start a new journey. Away from proprietary, closed systems with their wiretapping assistants1, the uncontrolled extraction of behavioral data, the constant intrusion of a more less subtle nudgeing2 and the latent threat of simply being bricked3. Read more

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