I don't know if this is an insane midnight idea, but what if #AbyssalLinux used one kernel for every device? I know that #postmarketOS has their close-to-mainline kernels, but what if Abyssal Linux merged the patches from these kernels into one unified kernel? The only issue I could find with that is that a lot of close-to-mainline kernels are different versions and that could cause issues with the devices that run them. But... what if?
There's also high evidence that this device may have USB UART mode. I really really hope that it uses FSA9480, and the only way to test it so far is to hack the fastboot image from EMUI 9 or simply downgrade to EMUI 8. The fact that additional TX/RX pins used for high speed communication are missing in standard USB-C connector may also conclude that.
Without UART I won't be able to do much towards bringing postmarketos to Huawei P20 Lite.
Tl;dr Run `apk fix`.
PS. @postmarketOS this blog post doesn't seem to be live yet, what gives?
@Sentientted @CookieJarObserver The only gripe I have with the Pixel (4a in my case) is that the file system is so locked down, but that's just a modern Android thing. I wish I was able to change the default search engine but eh, can't complain.
I don't have a Pinephone personally, but #postmarketOS has come a long way and supposedly runs very well on recent hardware. Give it another 1-2 years and it will be rock solid for daily use.
🚨 MAJOR MEDIATEK MOBILE LINUX NEWS 🚨
Not only is there the existing MediaTek 2020 leak (which includes datasheets, lk & preloader code, and some other stuff too), but we (#lowendlibre) are also now aware of:
- a BROM blob and bluetooth blob which both have debug symbols
- a preloader blob that has function names and even FILENAMES in it.
Current issues include:
- I can't remember the #i3wm hotkeys
- Switching to a virtual terminal doesn't work
- Browsing the web with w3m doesn't display images (but I know it's possible)
- I don't know how to type `|`
- I don't know how to press the F1-12 keys
- It has trouble waking up from suspend (Ahh, a true #postmarketOS classic!)
- When it suspends, it forgets to turn the keyboard backlight off
- I need a keybinding for the screen brightness
- I need a keybinding to turn the screen (and the touchscreen) off
- I need a keybinding for suspend
- I need a way ro remember all my keybindings
- I still haven't decided whether to use #X11 or just the virtual terminal
So I'm going to make myself comfortable with a terminal environment. Or rather: I will MAKE myself a terminal environment, because unfortunately there is no good preconfigured terminal "desktop" that just works. I'm going to have to edit a lot of config files...
I wish there was some kind of vintage desktop I could use like... I don't know, #KDE 1? Surely that worked with 256 MB of RAM back then. 🤔
Unfortunately, the screen is in very bad shape. It seems like the top layer is coming off. Any tips on restoring it are very much appreciated.
Do you think I could just stick a screen protector on top to smoothen the surface? It would bubble, wouldn't it? 🤔
When this came out, flash memory was $1620/TB , and a 32GB SD card was *huge*. I don't think anyone expected to install a 1TB card in one. A lot can be said for maintaining backwards compatibility!
the #postmarketOS matrix is exactly the type of linux online community that i fell in love with almost 20 years ago. feels exactly like that german gentoo beginners irc channel i joined in 2004 that got me into this whole mess. it’s like a support group for people working their way through brainless beginner’s mistakes, bizarre and impossible errors, and occasionally helping each other. 13/10 would flash my device to death again
now i only have to understand like
how to make a patch for that
because i don’t think “just edit the file and run it again” is the way to go
Imho gnome-keyring should be added as not strict dependency for Geary... Without it, Geary always complains about my ssl certificates... Every time I reinstall Geary on #PostmarketOS I forget that problem and need to look on Internet about a solution 😤
The mobile Full-Disk-Encryption unlocking tool unl0kr has just been packaged under Abyssal Linux's abyssal-packages. We are inching ever so closer to getting a functional initramfs up and running!
(I couldn't really take a screenshot of it since it runs on the framebuffer, so here is the example screenshot.)
Hey all, I'm kasesag (he/they)! 👋
This is my new introduction post. I decided to return after having a small break.
I'm a 20-year-old, and I was always interested in science and #computing stuff since the early days. I'm an avid #Linux :tux: user since 2018, and have been daily driving #Fedora :fedora_linux:. I prefer to use #FOSS stuff and deeply care about user freedom and human rights.
I'm keen on #Rust :rust:, #embedded, #MobileLinux & #Programming overall. A recent example of that is my ongoing work towards bringing #postmarketOS :postmarketos: to Huawei P20 Lite (Kirin 659a). This is also what I love talking about with people, I'm even able to ramble about it for the entire day :D
Apart from that, I'm also vegetarian, and gay. I have diagnosed autism spectrum disorder, which I've been dealing with my whole life.
Check out my website If you want to DM me in other places: https://kasesag.me
I’ve updated all my old devices with the latest updates
I don’t need them anymore. If someone need an old #android device in a good condition (no scratches on display), maybe for the kids or parents, I would give it for a few bucks away.
i would like to #postmarketOS it but i am already losing my mind over the first couple of steps.
i can probably figure it out eventually but if i had someone to ask questions it would be infinitely easier
@darkufo @dryak I also recommend #SailfishOS. I use #UbuntuTouch on a Nexus 5; #PostmarketOS on a OnePlus 6 and #SailfishOS on an Xperia 10 III and the last of these works great as my main phone. Like you, I'm also avoiding Big Tech (#Ubuntu, #Firefox, #Mastodon, #NextCloud, hosted email). I think you'd enjoy #TheOptOutProject from @cyberlyra
#Firefox with the #postmarketOS #LinuxMobile patches will now use #PipeWire (and thus #libcamera ) by default, allowing cameras to work out-of-the-box on distros shipping that patchset (well, assuming the camera works with libcamera of course).
New mt6762 mainlining update! This one is a big one, so bear with me.
We now have the following working:
- postmarketOS rootfs
- 4 CPU Cores
- PMIC Buttons (Hardware Buttons)
- Real Time Clock
- Thermal (Just not calibrated)
- Framebuffer (simplefb causes a kernel panic, but we can still read logs)
I just published a new article about Linux phones for consumers, check it out!
I just wanted to get the word out about a cool new project @hexaheximal and I have been working on.
It is a project focused on bringing the developing Mobile Linux ecosystem to devices under $100. The main distros we are going to focus on are #postmarketOS and #Mobian, but per-device support of other distros is also considered. If you are interested in supporting this project, we have a Matrix space at #lowendlibre:matrix.org.
It's not mobile optimized at all, so I had to minimize the font size and zoom, and to read emails we need to double-tap, so it opens in a new tab.
It's not ideal, but none of the mobile optimized clients support PGP encryption at all afaik, so I'm very pleased with this.