I’ve been using Linux as my primary computing operating system since the Ubuntu 11.04 days, and only in the past few years have I completely ridden myself of my dependence on Windows for gaming, thanks to projects like dxvk and Proton from Valve.

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But throughout my time as a Linux user, I’ve maintained a steady interest in Mac OS X, now called macOS, as an alternative to Windows that is “Unix-based” and has more software support.
Apple maintains itself as a strong competitor to Google for the education market, and practically donates hardware to schools. Throughout my elementary and junior high…

UPDATE 2020/05/02: SPARE PARTS https://twitter.com/thepine64/status/1256689488484589568 NOW AVAILABLE

UPDATE 2020/05/01: I started writing this review easily a months ago, and I haven’t touched my Pinebook Pro because I turned it into a Minecraft server, so anywhere you see a strikethrough is where I had updated the review.

Well, this has been an interesting ̶w̶e̶e̶k̶ month.

Work is closed, school is online-only-instruction for the rest of term (but we’re heading into spring break), and I suddenly find myself with a LOT of time.

It’s a good thing the Pinebook Pro I ordered January 17th FINALLY came in!
According to the Pine64 support team…

The saga continues …

Cool settings branding.

A quick backstory

I had planned on running Manjaro ARM on my brand-new Pinebook Pro, but due to some shipping issues (COVID-19), I’ve been waiting since the 19th of January for my device. I won’t blame Pine64 for the delay, since the Chinese government is absolute, and shipping between Hong Kong and the Mainland is difficult. All I will say is that is my thoughts are with those affected, and I will be patient.

Issues with Fedora

Anyways, because I won’t be getting my device anytime soon, I decided to switch to Manjaro this time, after using Fedora Linux religiously for over…

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I’ve been using Samsung DeX on my Samsung Galaxy S9+ practically daily for a good 2 weeks now and I feel like I have a few words on usability and the general UX experience.

First and foremost: This hasn’t replaced ANY of my devices. I use my Linux desktop for x86 gaming and to use proper desktop applications. I use my Linux laptop (Surface Go) primarily for school, so that’s note-taking and general productivity. And DeX is not replacing any of this. Steam Remote Play just doesn’t work well on GNOME/Wayland (and I’m not using X11, it’s the current year…

After using the device daily for school-work and general web browsing for around 4 months, I have better advice to make the experience of using the Surface Go (and in general Surfaci devices) a million times better.

While I did upgrade F30 -> F31, the instructions haven’t changed that much. There’s some things that still have some ambiguity, but for the most part, things are very stable and require little-to-no maintenance after initial setup.

No more stock photos! Here’s my actual device.

1.Get the ISO! Same instructions as the F30 article. I still don’t know of any way to get USBs booting WITHOUT…

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I’m currently looking into making a NAS out of a Raspberry Pi, and while I found lots of tutorials, some go into too much detail and are hard to navigate.
So this story is basically just a guide for myself based on these guides [1] [2] [3]. They all have great points, so I’m just putting them into one.


- Linux Machine (Raspberry Pi works too)
- Drives to turn into RAID volume(s)
- Basic understanding of RAID

Improve your PiNAS

If you’re using a Raspberry Pi, delete the default ‘pi’ account, and make a new one, and make sure to add it…

UPDATE FOR FEDORA 31: https://medium.com/@TheBitStick/fedora-31-on-the-surface-go-f81dbb9fa91b

Setting up this thing has taken a few days and many hours of free time.
So here’s a tutorial of absolutely everything I did to setup this thing.

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  1. Get the ISO installed. Surfaci do not use MBR for USB Boot, but rather, ONLY GPT UEFI Boot. I don’t know any tool on Linux that allows you to create a GPT Bootable LiveCD, so you’ll have to grab a friend’s Windows PC and use Rufus to create a GPT USB of Fedora. It can be either Workstation or Silverblue. …

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