Serial connection via breakout board to my using a μArt serial-usb adapter.

While waiting for some press-fit headers I'm using poor mans press fit connection with nylon string.

μArt Crowd Supply

New use case:

  • Librem5 with a usb bluetooth dongle connected to usb-c
  • the usb adapter is exported to my network via
  • on my notebook I attach to the bluetooth adapter on the other end of our home over network
  • the virtual bluetooth adapter in my notebook is connected to a windows session running in kvm
  • the windows session contains software to view and configure the inverter of our photovoltaic modules

No need to sit on the floor in the room with that device to get a bluetooth connection.

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BTW: , cut to size using on my and send usign opened in .

Not everything perfect, yet: just used my to transfer money.

  • connected keyboard and mouse through bluetooth (sparklan card)
  • used pass-mgr-compact to get my login password for the banks page in firefox
    • found passff not working in my actual firefox configuration
    • had to copy the username from pass in a terminal, because I didn't find a way to get it in pass-mgr-compact
  • read the email containing information about the transfer in geary
  • confirmed the transfer using an external token that reads data from the screen of the L5

On the first try the L5 froze when I connected power after disconnecting the needed for my pass tomb from the L5.

Wrote this in .

in reply to this object Now, 13 month later, the matte protection foil on my had to be replaced, because it started to come off in one corner.

This time I opted for the "Matte Lite" version of the ViaScreens screen protector. Installation went as smooth as the first time.

First impression: I like the "Matte Lite" version better, because it lets the screen appear brighter while still softening reflections.

Attached some pictures to give an impression of the difference.

A short of what I've been playing with lately. It's a screen recording of my desktop running on my .

Sitting in front of my Librem14 is my pointing its camera at the notebooks screen...


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Disconnecting the hdmi-cable for a few seconds made it boot.

This is a know issue I already had read about during initial setup (and didn't remember it). When I changed the connected client from a to my it hit me.

Thanks for the quick reminder and help and the interesting information about the development process of the !

It turned out that having the mentioned jumper No14 closed doesn't make much sense, because there seems to be no negative effect known and opening the jumper does rule out the hdmi issue I ran into.

BTW: Looking forward to Pi-Cast!

Following up to

Needed to send some SMS with information I wanted to copy'n'paste from my desktop.

Switched on the to get remote access to my connected to it and found the PiKVM not starting. Disconnecting the hdmi-cable for a few seconds made it boot.

When connected to the PiKVM with a browser the KVM session shows an empty desktop, because top and bottom bars are still on the Librem5s display. To get access to them I connected via ssh and ran the following

export XDG_RUNTIME_DIR=/run/user/1000 wlr-randr --output DSI-1 --off

This disables the phones display and moves the top and bottom bar to the external display - the PiKVM sending it to my browser session.

To cut'n'paste I tested PiKVMs Text menu:

  • copy some text from the local desktop (in my example a simple text editor)
  • open the Text menu in the browser session showing PiKVMs web interface
  • paste the text to the text boxed in the menu
  • press Paste button
  • confirm that I really want to paste the text
  • it's pasted to where the cursor is active on the remote computer - in my case the Librem5

Nice to know even though the same can be achieved through an ssh session to the Librem5 by running

export XDG_RUNTIME_DIR=/run/user/1000 echo "here I pasted whatever I wanted to have in my remote session from my desktop to the ssh session" | wl-copy

Got my 🔗 out to make myself familiar with it.

To test it connected my to it and set it up to use the external screen as its only display.

It work just great!

is showing a picture of the beautiful case of the PiKVM - so at least part of this is ...

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My USB-C worked just fine for 4 month on my bunch of keys. Now the adapter broke. The strain in daily use has been too much. I looked for another solution that might last longer and came up with a metal adapter that doesn't include a cable.

It is a bit harder to use - especially if the is not laying flat on a surface, but it turned out that I didn't use it too often anyway while it has been really nice to keep it around and be able to use it with my Librem5.

In places where I often use the LibremKey I still have adapters with a short cable to not put unnecessary strain on the connectors.

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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.