Following me post in November re: Pine64, it transpires that the nice folks at “LINMOBapps.frama.io” have allowed / put up with a fork of their directory:
While I’m sure this has been done before; I haven’t seen something pre-built that’s quite as shiny.
We assemble computers searching for excellent quality and warranty service, at a reasonable price. [Currently: I’m not sure anyone in with this customer base can definitely offer this. Anyway:] So much so, that in 2018 we were awarded Best Open Source Service / Solution Provider at the OpenExpo Europe 2018.”https://slimbook.es/en/us
An Open Source Smart Phone Supported by All Major Linux Phone Projects…Perhaps you’re in a line of work where security is a must, or [you are] a hard-core Linux enthusiast, or perhaps you’ve just got enough of Android and iOS and you’re ready for something else – the PinePhone may be the next Phone for you.“See Pine64.org / PinePhone
Perhaps not quite up there in terms of “operable” hardware, but I will be watching this…
In 2017, the Lammy Review showed that while black people comprise 3% of the overall population in England and Wales, they currently make up 12% of its prison population. The percentage of black people in England and Wales who are in prison is higher in relation to their share of the general population than the corresponding figure in the US. In this regard, we’re locking more of our black people away than the big, bad USA. The numbers only get worse when you consider younger inmates specifically: 48% of under-18s in custody are from black or other ethnic minority backgrounds.”https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/04/systemic-racism-police-brutality-british-problems-black-lives-matter
Mozilla and KaiOS Technologies announced a partnership this week that will benefit both companies. KaiOS is based on a relatively old version of Mozilla’s Gecko engine; version 48, released in 2016 is still the base of the operating system. While the technology works fine for the most part, important features and developments such as TLS 1.3, WebAssembly, or Progressive Web Apps, are not supported by the current version.
The partnership will change that as Mozilla and KaiOS plan to introduce these new features in the mobile operating system. All changes will be released as open source according to the press release on the KaiOS website.”https://www.ghacks.net/2020/03/14/firefox-os-successor-mozilla-and-kaios-announce-partnership/
Part of the reason we as consumers so quickly cycle through our devices is twofold: lack of choice (or inability) around repairing them and exorbitant and often arbitrarily priced repair costs. Think of it this way: If you break your phone—hell, if you break just the screen—and the cost of repairing it is only slightly less than buying a brand new one, you’d buy the spanking new one, right? Probably so! But if you could buy the original equipment manufacturer parts for pennies on the dollar and either do the repair yourself or get it on the cheap, wouldn’t doing the cheap repair on an otherwise totally functional—or even relatively new—device be worth it?”https://gizmodo.com/fairphone-3-gives-us-the-smartphone-repair-options-that-1837629044