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Hey, that is nice stuff

  • could be used to make nice signs by painting a metal plate and engraving
  • nice to repair dark aluminium parts in our kitchen (need to try)

Well, my Librem5 - maybe, but I like its . Reading about actually I had the idea to maybe sand my to make the worn parts stand out less.

The big dent that hinders pushing in the plastic frame I'll cut out from the inside once I'll have a new plastic frame (that hopefully will carry the contact cushions for the modem).

The question about the 'patina' of a used daily came up on the Purism forums. I liked the idea and thought I'd post my actual state with some pictures to sometimes look back to it.

I'm using mine now for more than a year as my only mobile phone.

Librem5 patina? Purism community

The discussion about and the 2 on the Purism Forum is really interesting.

There are people who would prefer over and (I'm counting me in - otherwise I wouldn't use a and a ).

I feel like a VisionFive 2, with open source drivers, firmware and software would be good enough for me. (iliketurtles)

I immediately had to think about the MNT Reform and their research in Risc-V.

Maybe they would be willing to evaluate putting an existing SOC like the StarFive StarFive JH7110 onto a CPU board for the MNT Reform to offer an alternative to the pricy MNT RKX7 FPGA Module. ?

My had been delivered with a Redpine RS9116 M.2 Key E card for and .

I already owned two devices I wanted to use with my Librem5:

  • a bluetooth mouse to be used alongside with my nexdock360
  • a high quality noise canceling bluetooth headset I use for phone calls and sometimes to listen to music

Both didn't work well: the mouse wouldn't connect (Bluetooth LE only) and the headset connection was unreliable with a lot of stutter.

In newer Librem5s the SparkLAN WNFB-266AXI card is used for Bluetooth/Wifi. I exchanged the card to find out whether this would improve the situation and it did.

Both devices connect now, most of the stutter while listening to music is gone, the headset works for calls (but unusable due to bad quality) and my mouse connects and works fine. wrote a blog post about the new card and made it available on their shop.

P.D. If ever a small golden pin falls out of your Librem5 after you opened it read this forum post.

"Physical cut-off switch for the microphone. Thank you Edward Snowden."

Who wrote this?

Could have been by about the . Not the solution.

To use my with my I had to convert it to a LibremKey USB-C 😉

There's just been an update for my . The new version offers an experimental plugin called phosh-ticket-box.

It allows the user to show PDFs from the lockscreen without unlocking the phone.

  • Show the QR for the parcel you want to send without unlocking.
  • Show your train ticket without unlocking
  • Show whatever PDF you like without unlocking.

It can be enabled in phosh-mobile-settings in the Lockscreen menu.

gsettings get sm.puri.phosh.plugins.ticket-box folder shows the path inside the home directory the plugin looks for PDFs in. The default is /home/purism/phosh-ticket-box.

Make the directory, put a PDF inside, enable the plugin and lock the phone. Enable the screen, swipe from the left border of the screen towards the right, select by swiping left and right the Tickets pane (if you have enabled more then one plugin) and click on the PDF to show.

Resizing and scrolling works with the known gestures.

Thanks !

There is still an unresolved bug in the linux kernel that lets for some users vanish the modem of the from the internal usb bus.

Problem is that it sometimes doesn't re-appear by itself and if one doesn't notice (the icon in the top bar of phosh changes and shows no connection) the phone is not booked in and doesn't receive calls, sms and isn't connected to the internet.

I adopted some of the solutions mentioned in the issue, added the service and scripts to bm818-tools in and now there is a package L5 users can install.

You can find it in the pipelines of my repo.

Feedback is very welcome!

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Installed in Firefox on my to use pass from the browser along with the host application needed for it to interface with the script.

Successfully logged into one a few sites.

The add-on seems to work just good on the small screen of the phone.

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For the moment being I decided to disable the use of the inside my to force the use of my when gpg is needed on the phone.

Support for multiple smartcards is improved in gpg 2.3.x I read which is not available for my distribution, yet.

This way pass works with the externally connected LibremKey/ as expected.