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  • Librem 5 Will Begin Shipping In The Weeks Ahead, But Varying Quality Over Months Ahead

    Phoronix: Librem 5 Will Begin Shipping In The Weeks Ahead, But Varying Quality Over Months Ahead

    As we approach the end of Q3, Purism has been quiet whether they will make their revised target of shipping the Librem 5 Linux smartphone this quarter after passing their original plan to ship at the start of 2019. Well, Purism has just published an update and they will begin shipping the phones in batches beginning at the end of the month but the quality isn't yet up to scratch...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...ipping-Batches

  • danmcgrew
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    Ars Technica
    "iFixit tears down the newest Fairphone—how repairable is it?"
    "The Fairphone 3 gets the full iFixit treatment and a 10/10 score."
    Jim Salter - 9/11/2019, 1:14 PM; reader comments--132

    https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019...it/?comments=1


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  • intelfx
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    Originally posted by RussianNeuroMancer View Post
    Just in case "Under these conditions" include specifically LTE, not WiFi.
    Sure.

    Originally posted by RussianNeuroMancer View Post
    It include activities such as watching a couple of webinars 1.5 hours each
    We both know full well that video playback in web browsers in modern GNU/Linux is all kinds of fucked. Replacing webinars with Youtube via mpv (again via LTE) it'll be 8W avg / 7 hours, again.

    Originally posted by RussianNeuroMancer View Post
    So what's your point?
    My point was to disprove your claim as stated.
    Last edited by intelfx; 09-11-2019, 05:27 AM.

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  • RussianNeuroMancer
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    Originally posted by intelfx View Post
    I think I can push my X1C6 to 7 hours under these conditions. That's while actively using Firefox, even (which is not exactly known for conserving CPU time). Full idle under these conditions is 10 hours.
    Just in case "Under these conditions" include specifically LTE, not WiFi.
    Just in case 15 hours is not idle too (idle is 24 hours). It include activities such as watching a couple of webinars 1.5 hours each via LTE, like I did last time. Try it and see how much battery will left on your X1C6 after that.

    Anyway, 7 hours is still two times less hours for two times more USD (8GB RAM C630 cost 660 USD, 8GB RAM X1C6 cost 1400 USD, prices for on sale models from lenovo.com; it's even if we put aside the fact that there is no LTE version X1C6 on sale on lenovo.com right now, that usually 150-200 USD on top of regular price).

    So where you can push your X1C6 from 7 to 10, I can push my C630 from 15 to 24. So what's your point? x86 battery life is still not even in the same league.

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  • intelfx
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    Originally posted by RussianNeuroMancer View Post
    There is exactly zero x86 laptops that can survive for 15 hours with ~50% brightness and active LTE connection. I don't need exactly 15 hours, but 5 hours that best x86 laptops can provide (medium to high brightness and active LTE, remember) is not enough for sure.
    I think I can push my X1C6 to 7 hours under these conditions. That's while actively using Firefox, even (which is not exactly known for conserving CPU time). Full idle under these conditions is 10 hours.
    Last edited by intelfx; 09-10-2019, 06:01 PM.

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  • oiaohm
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    Originally posted by RussianNeuroMancer View Post
    Wired BIOS update could indeed break something, but BIOS updates delivered only via Windows Update to these laptops, so as soon as you installed Linux you can no longer worry about this.
    Unfortunately by those who cracked the Qualcomm chips with integrated cellular modem its possible for BIOS updates to be delivered due to application in sim if carrier decided to go this route. Proper separation between wifi and cellular modem parts to application cpu are kind of important.

    active LTE connection<< That a problem. There is not proper separation on hardware access around that modem. Hopefully next generation snapdragon deal with this.

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  • RussianNeuroMancer
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    Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS owner here.

    Originally posted by grok View Post
    The more likely SoC vendor to be useful for a higher end phone would be Qualcomm (Snapdragon). They intend to support linux with a graphics driver but I have no idea how things are going.
    Freedreno works on Adreno 630 just fine.

    Originally posted by grok View Post
    Buying a Windows ARM laptop to run Linux would seem weird since there's worry of Microsoft completely locking them
    Wired BIOS update could indeed break something, but BIOS updates delivered only via Windows Update to these laptops, so as soon as you installed Linux you can no longer worry about this.

    Originally posted by grok View Post
    and no shortage of x86 laptops.
    There is exactly zero x86 laptops that can survive for 15 hours with ~50% brightness and active LTE connection. I don't need exactly 15 hours, but 5 hours that best x86 laptops can provide (medium to high brightness and active LTE, remember) is not enough for sure. If that would be desktop, server, nettop, SBC or something else, then it would be different conversation, but if we talking about laptops - then we talking about battery life, and x86 laptops loose this particular battle.

    Originally posted by grok View Post
    Very few people ever ran real linux on an ARM (or MIPS) desktop or laptop
    True, but with availability of projects such as Armbian and Panfrost and fast boards like ROCKPro64 and ODROID-N2 more and more people use ARM-based SBC as desktop. I currently testing Panfrost on NanoPC-T4, and you know how I get Panforst up and running? Just installed Linux 5.3 from Armbian repo and updated Mesa from Oibaf PPA - things get much easier this days on ARM.
    Last edited by RussianNeuroMancer; 09-10-2019, 04:10 AM.

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  • oiaohm
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    Originally posted by grok View Post
    No (in my opinion). They needed to go with that I.MX CPU, it has at best (or any better one in its family) an absolute memory ceiling of 4GB. For this money you can go with a 12GB phone and play in sandboxes or emulators although with the exploitive Android devil beneath.
    Using a 2160x1080 panel with this CPU, and you'll make the phone slower and hotter. I tried Cinnamon 4.0 on Core 2 vintage Intel graphics and it ran heinously, locked at 30 fps, at 768p. Like, I thought this would powerful enough but no it simulates 30Hz even in minesweeper or shells/editors. So don't ask too much of the GPU of an "embedded, multimedia or automotive" SoC on real linux.
    Phones these heat problems are worst than you think. You are luck to get any soc for a phone that support 8G of ram most are 4G or less. Power and heat are your two biggest bug bears. Interface on phones will have to be done different than desktop because you don't have the heat budget to drive cpu or gpu anywhere near as hard.

    Originally posted by grok View Post
    The more likely SoC vendor to be useful for a higher end phone would be Qualcomm (Snapdragon). They intend to support linux with a graphics driver but I have no idea how things are going. Also one of the only vendors that runs non-Android as they run Windows. Buying a Windows ARM laptop to run Linux would seem weird since there's worry of Microsoft completely locking them, and no shortage of x86 laptops.
    Qualcomm is working on Linux support but in phone chips they want to do integrated wifi and cellular modem into soc.
    https://thehackernews.com/2019/08/an...erability.html
    Badly integrated into soc. So you can call all the current Qualcomm mobile class chips broken crap. Forget the Stallman-compatible goal as even a problem here. You don't have proper separation between wifi and cellular and the application processor.

    Originally posted by grok View Post
    It is possible that Pine and Purism and the dev community and the Purism devs would create the demand for mobile real linux, which would then motivate Qualcomm to support it as well. (who would bother launching a Snapdragon 845 or better phone or tablet with crashy, amateur, buggy, incomplete GNU/linux images and distros?)
    Pine and Purism development in hardware at least has the basics right. Anyone who did a proper audit on the Snapdragon 845 would have found what as documented above. Qualcomm like having you sign NDA so that you cannot publicly report chip defects.

    The A64 chip chosen by pine may have a few issues one being max possible ram being 3G. Really I don't understand why they librem5 has 3 G of ram on a soc that in fact supports 4G of ram other than possible stupid cost cutting.

    I really do find it funny that Microsoft make a deal with Qualcomm to be Microsoft exclusive arm processor vendor when Qualcomm chips are in fact totally security busted.

    Why would I want a phone with a Qualcomm chip core if I could avoid it thinking its a totally screwed up design from security. The idea that you wifi and celular binary blobs can access and change every single bit of memory inside you phone from their decanted processors did not set of alarm bells inside Qualcomm for some reason.

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  • danmcgrew
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    "This week in DistroWatch Weekly:
    ...
    News: ... , PinePhone coming soon with Plasma Mobile and UBports, ...
    ...”

    “... In a blog post titled The PinePhone Is Real & Shipping Soon, PINE64 announced that the PinePhone's hardware has been finalized and devices will begin shipping to developers in October 2019. After that, the team plans to make last minute adjustments and improvements and deliver their mobile phone to customers in the early months of 2020. "Developer pre-orders are now live and it won't be long before core enthusiasts get their hands on the PinePhone too. This is just the start of our journey with the PinePhone, but with both software and hardware progressing at Warp 10 speed I am confident that in early 2020 everyone interested in a Linux phone will be able to purchase one." The blog post includes pictures and videos of the PinePhone in operation, running UBports and KDE's Plasma Mobile...”


    https://distrowatch.com/

    https://www.pine64.org/2019/09/05/se...shipping-soon/
    Last edited by danmcgrew; 09-09-2019, 10:38 AM.

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  • grok
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    Originally posted by DMJC View Post
    The Pine phone and the Librem5 both have the same problem: Not enough RAM. I had a Motorola Atrix phone back in 2011/2012. 1gb of ram was pathetic on a phone back then. Just as 2-3gb is pathetic now. These open source phones really need to lift the amount of RAM to 4-6GB. Especially if people want to use them as a laptop replacement. The killer app for a modern Linux phone should be to plug it into a screen/keyboard/mouse and be able to use it for programming/network engineering replacing a laptop. The problem is none of these phones have enough RAM to do that. Storage is no longer an issue. 400-500GB SDCards are cheap. The lack of RAM is a real problem. The other main use of these phones is adblock on internet connections.
    It's true, not enough RAM.
    You could plug the phone into a monitor and keyboard, then ssh or VNC into that old dusty desktop tower in a corner (doesn't need working or reliable peripherals just connection to the network), run a web browser there.
    Alternatively, use an existing desktop or laptop (possibly lacking in RAM itself) and ssh or VNC into the phone. Doesn't even need a special USB-C to HDMI cable and compatible monitor, nor a hub so this is a cheaper way to do "convergence".

    In both cases, you can fill up the desktop/laptop's RAM with a browser, which is all to easy to do even just reading pages with ads blocked and javascript disabled.
    You still have RAM and CPU free on the phone to run your things, projects, even another browser.



    Originally posted by oiaohm View Post

    Really $1200 dollar target most phones there are about the same specifications as a 700 dollar phone. 1200 dollar would have given the space to hide the cost of being modular.

    Some ways I agree Librem5 targeted the wrong price bracket. Instead of targeting 700 dollar price bracket targeted the 1000 dollar instead they would have had the space in budget to cover the extra costs of modular while being feature competitive with the phones in that price bracket. Target too low does mean you do have to compromise different specifications to get device out door and cover production costs.

    But for their first phone not going all out still could turn out good in the end.

    Like it will be possible for a librem5 to have a main-board upgradewe did see this with the Neo 1973 and the Neo Freerunner. The librem5 avoids the Neo patent wall problem to use 3g/4g with the modular design.
    No (in my opinion). They needed to go with that I.MX CPU, it has at best (or any better one in its family) an absolute memory ceiling of 4GB. For this money you can go with a 12GB phone and play in sandboxes or emulators although with the exploitive Android devil beneath.
    Using a 2160x1080 panel with this CPU, and you'll make the phone slower and hotter. I tried Cinnamon 4.0 on Core 2 vintage Intel graphics and it ran heinously, locked at 30 fps, at 768p. Like, I thought this would powerful enough but no it simulates 30Hz even in minesweeper or shells/editors. So don't ask too much of the GPU of an "embedded, multimedia or automotive" SoC on real linux.

    The more likely SoC vendor to be useful for a higher end phone would be Qualcomm (Snapdragon). They intend to support linux with a graphics driver but I have no idea how things are going. Also one of the only vendors that runs non-Android as they run Windows. Buying a Windows ARM laptop to run Linux would seem weird since there's worry of Microsoft completely locking them, and no shortage of x86 laptops.
    In anyway, going with Qualcomm in a hope that maybe it'll be supported after it is too late doesn't make sense! and will never reach any Stallman-compatible goal.

    It is possible that Pine and Purism and the dev community and the Purism devs would create the demand for mobile real linux, which would then motivate Qualcomm to support it as well. (who would bother launching a Snapdragon 845 or better phone or tablet with crashy, amateur, buggy, incomplete GNU/linux images and distros?)

    Very few people ever ran real linux on an ARM (or MIPS) desktop or laptop, or real linux on any phone. There were probably more Firefox OS users. Perhaps Tegra K1 and X1 are an exception, with PC-based GPUs and the proprietary nvidia Xorg driver. Even then, no Tegra phone (with earlier GPUs) ever ran linux.
    Of note, an I.MX51 series netbook existed in 2009! and with a 3G modem.
    https://genesi.company/products/smartbook

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