So I got a package delivered today, several days earlier than expected. The item was enclosed in cardboard surrounded by more cardboard wrapped in an enigmatic bubblewrap inside a mysterious padded envelope.
@ringo @PINE64 my first impressions of the #PineBookPro are fantastic! Very well built for the price, performs well enough fo what I intend to do with it (web, email, LibreOffice, SSH client into servers--typical "office duties" for me)
Keyboard is nice to type on considering the sltra-slim form factor thought the trackpad is merely acceptable (sensitivity is just about right when dialled all the way up to maxiimum) so a little bluetooth mouse is handy.
Nice affordable small fanless notebook!
Because of this, and because I am a problem child by nature, I downloaded an Armbian Buster image (mainline kernel), put it on an SD card and booted off it. I liked it so I ran a little script built into the live boot to install it on the eMMC (replacing Manjaro) and I selected f2fs instead of EXT4 because I could...
...then because I am used to GNOME I did `apt install gnome` and rebooted...
...so my attempt failed. That is, I failed to encounter the trouble I was inviting and Everything. Just. Worked. Everything installed fine. GNOME works GREAT. WiFi works. Bluetooth works. Camera works. Mic works.
Installed OpenVPN. Works too.
@msh @PINE64 oh wow. :D this is great news. i was going to suggest adding xfce because well thats my favourite but if youre a gnome your a gnome. :) wmaker and xfce are my goto’s… xfce for working, and wmaker for times when i feel like living in a time warp.. :D
this is a fantastic news for the first take dept, and thank yee :) had i not spent the equivalent on orgonite this month i’d be getting one, i’ll have to wait though a bit that being said.. :D
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