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StarLabs StarLite is an Attractive 11-inch Linux Laptop

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This dinky 11.6-inch Linux notebook, the latest from UK-based company StarLab, is modestly priced and moderately spec’d.

Consciously so.

See, not everyone needs to crunch code, battle orcs, or render 4K video. “More power” is nice, but when all you really do with a laptop is browse the web, e-email, Zoom, and binge-watch Netflix shows… A mid-range laptop can suffice.

Problem is there isn’t a lot of choice when it comes to mid-range (and well-made) Linux laptops in the lower price brackets.

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Best Linux laptop for 2021: Which one should you buy?

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I remember, back in my early days of Linux, finding a laptop that could run the open-source operating system was tricky business. You might get a distribution to work with the video chipset. You might even find one that interacts with your soundcard. If you could manage to get wireless working, you were something special.

That was then, and this is a very different time. Now, you can find Linux pre-installed laptops all over the place. Companies like System76, Tuxedo Computers, Juno Computers, Dell, Lenovo and HP are all producing laptops that support or are even fully certified to run Linux.

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Juno’s Linux laptops now available with Intel Tiger Lake-H or AMD Ryzen 5000H

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Juno Computers sells a line of desktop and laptop computers that ship with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed, and this month the company updated its lineup with several new high performance models sporting 11th-gen Intel Core “Tiger Lake H” or AMD Ryzen 5000H processors.

They don’t come cheap, with starting prices ranging from $1,150 to $2,250. But the new laptops pack a lot of horsepower.

The most affordable, least powerful of the bunch is the Juno Nyx 15″ AMD V2, a 3.64 pound laptop with an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U processor, a 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a 49 Wh battery, support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, and a selection of ports including HDMI, Ethernet, and USB Type-C and Type-A.

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Linux Tablets: What are Your Options?

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There are plenty of Linux-based laptops available. There are also mini-PCs preloaded with Linux.

A few Linux-based smartphones are also present in the market.

How about tablets? Are there some good Linux-based tablets? The answer is not straightforward.

Many Linux-only system manufacturers focus on creating desktop computers. This is primarily due to the fact that the Linux experience on touch devices is no where close to what Android and iOS provide.

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PineTime Smartwatch and Good Code Play Bad Apple

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PineTime is the open smartwatch from our friends at Pine64. [TT-392] wanted to prove the hardware can play a full-motion music video, and they are correct, to a point. When you watch the video below, you should notice the monochromatic animation maintaining a healthy framerate, and there lies all the hard work. Without any modifications, video would top out at approximately eight frames per second.

To convert an MP4, you need to break it down into images, which will strip out the sound. Next, you load them into the Linux-only video processor, which looks for clusters of pixels that need changing and ignores the static ones. Relevant pixel selection takes some of the load off the data running to the display and boosts the fps since you don’t waste time reminding it that a block of black pixels should stay the way they are. Lastly, the process will compress everything to fit it into the watch’s onboard memory. Even though it is a few minutes of black and white pictures, compiling can take a couple of hours.

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The 5 Best Linux Smartphones of 2021 – Linux on the Go

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Today our data is becoming vulnerable each day. This is attributed to how some operating systems are not giving enough attention to privacy or malware, phishing, and viruses which with time are becoming powerful.

We need to opt for OS which provides the most privacy features and you know that all of the base, backend, and source code is open source. This is why we have recommended some of the best Linux smartphones that you can choose.

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Kubuntu Focus XE is the perfect laptop for Windows-switchers and Linux beginners [Review]

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Should you buy the Kubuntu Focus XE Linux laptop? If you are looking to run a Linux-based operating system and want a laptop that is guaranteed to work, it should absolutely be considered. Not only is the hardware largely great, but arguably more importantly, the included software is top-notch.

The Kubuntu operating system is wonderful, as is all of the included curated apps. Not to mention, the Kubuntu Focus enhancements including the specialized apps, Welcome Wizard, and welcome guide, will make things much easier for Linux beginners. The Kubuntu Focus team set out to deliver an excellent user experience at an affordable price with the XE laptop and they totally delivered.

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Powerful Linux laptop RTX 3080 Kubuntu Focus Gen 3 M2 workstation

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Kubuntu Focus has this week unveiled a new addition to their range of Linux mobile workstations with the introduction of the 3rd generation M2 Linux laptop powered by Intel 11th generation Core i7-11800H with RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 variations. “The M2 makes quick work of the most demanding tasks and outperforms nearly all thin-and-light laptops. Run GPU-accelerated AI immediately with the included Deep Learning Suite. Accelerate TensorFlow jobs from 8 hours to less than 15 minutes. Render Blender scenes 10x faster with NVIDIA RTX Optix. All with unmatched Linux-first optimization and support.”

The third-generation M2 performance is provided by the 8-core, 16-thread i7-11800H CPU supported by high-quality 3200 MHz RAM offering improvement of 19 and 29% this generation say the engineers at Kubuntu Focus. Users can install up to 64 GB of Dual Channel DDR4 3200 MHz and each system also has an integrated GPU to conserve power and video RAM when you need it. The Intel Irix Xe 32EU iGPU has twice the performance of the previous generation.

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/e/ cloud is a deGoogled Alternative to Google Drive

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Google Drive is a popular cloud storage service that works great for the most part.

However, it may not be the most private option out there. So, to take total control of your data, the best way is to spin up a Nextcloud instance and store your essential data while getting access to other collaboration tools.

While that sounds good to hear, not everyone can put the effort to create and maintain their instance. This is where ecloud comes in?built by the same team behind /e/ OS, the de-googled Android operating system.

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Cross Compile to PinePhone Part Four

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Now we’ve got ourselve a handy script for cross compiling, I think it’s time to introduce other means of cross compiliing and why I not using existing methods.

Pmbootstrap is a script to build packages for postmarketOS. It supports cross compiling and various other options, it also handles dependencies for you. And you can use apline ports build files directly without hacking it as we did on part two for ArchLinux. Most important, it’s available as pip package. Meaning you can use it to build packages for postmarketOS even if you’re not on Apline Linux! PinePhone is well supported by PostmarketOS and Plasma Mobile developers also work closely with PostmarketOS developers. If you have postmarketOS installed on your pinephone or any Android phones postmarketOS supports (there are over 1000 devices postmarketOS supports), do try pmbootstrap.

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