If you have been maintaining a Python program that has been growing for some time with new features you may notice at some point it can get a bit lagging and slow. For example, the app that is powered by hearham.com repeaters listing has grown from thousands of repeaters to now over 10,000 repeaters in the listing shown in the app. This hung things up especially on devices like Raspberry Pi or Librem phone while starting up the app.Continue reading “Optimizing a Python program with profiling data”
Snap Store and Flatpak – missing “app stores” for Librem 5 Phone?
As you may have noticed, the Librem phone and other Linux phones don’t always have the same apps you may be looking for for iOS and Android, with few available within the built in store. While you must check with developers and encourage them to build their apps for Librem phone, there are a number of these that can be installed already from Flathub/Snap store:Continue reading “Snap Store and Flatpak – missing “app stores” for Librem 5 Phone?”
Re-flashing the Librem Phone with Byzantium
If you just received a Librem 5 you probably have the latest software – including the new software that has a (mostly) working photos app, gps and a basic maps app! Development has continued on these devices but if you have one of the previous preorders you probably have been waiting on new updates and only getting a few standard package updates and no new apps 🙁
If you want to upgrade the phone in this case you need to re-flash it and wipe it with the newer version. Note this deletes everything and starts anew!
Their instructions here should be fine for some, but only if you have a very very new Ubuntu based system. If you have an older one such as Ubuntu 20.04 then you can get set up as shown below.Continue reading “Re-flashing the Librem Phone with Byzantium”
Let your voice be heard for Librem Phone/Pinephone Apps!
As you may have noted if you have recently upgraded to Pinephone or Librem Phone, there are currently some missing spots as far as good and well built mobile apps for the platform. While this affords great opportunity for the first folks to build apps to profit from this growing segment, we also should encourage local app makers to fix their apps to work on Linux/Librem Phone!Continue reading “Let your voice be heard for Librem Phone/Pinephone Apps!”
Purism price increase scheduled for end of June
If you have been thinking of buying the new Librem phone now may be the best time to do so! The price will be increasing $100 according to a recent posting on their blog. And what better way to celebrate independence day than a device independent of many of the major tech giants’ updates? You can even buy a Librem phone that is built in USA… at over double the cost, however.Continue reading “Purism price increase scheduled for end of June”
In search of the best scientific calculator for Librem Phone/Pinephone
While many apps do run on Librem 5 phone, there are many yet to be fully working on the small screen. In this post we explore the various calculator apps for Linux and see which might best work as a student/engineer’s go-to calculator:Continue reading “In search of the best scientific calculator for Librem Phone/Pinephone”
App development with Librem 5
Purism’s blog recently posted a new howto on building a Librem 5 app. If you have been wanting to build a Linux app this is a great time to start with both phones and desktops running your app.Continue reading “App development with Librem 5”
Severe weather alerts with a simple Python script
If like many you have been starting gardens and planting rather than traveling and visiting in recent months, there is one important thing to consider lately – severe weather reports including frost on your crops. I noted there was a little red (!) alert icon on an Android weather widget, but there seems to be no such alert for desktop computer or Linux computer or phone. It is a fairly simple to make this alert though with a simple script:Continue reading “Severe weather alerts with a simple Python script”
Building a Linux app part 8: Adding an options screen
As you may have noticed, the repeater-START app doesn’t currently have an option to change that internal km/mile calculation. It also does not have any option to filter the repeaters of VHF, UHF or your preferred band.
Let’s see how to add a new dialog, then store the options, and load them on your program’s start:Continue reading “Building a Linux app part 8: Adding an options screen”
Librem announces Anbox working on Librem 5 phone
Yesterday Librem announced in a blog post that the Android compatibility layer, Anbox, is runnable in the Librem 5 Linux phone. They reportedly had to fix a few bugs, and they show a screenshot of a listing of apps – it is odd to notice that most apps shown (Firefox, Music, Camera…) really should have a native Linux application that works.Continue reading “Librem announces Anbox working on Librem 5 phone”