Since we had our own demo of the Pinebook earlier this year, here is
'In early March of this year, I ordered one of the FOSS-driven Pine64
project's newest designs—the Pinebook Pro. The company's manufacturing
efforts have taken an enormous hit due to the impact of COVID-19 on
its Chinese manufacturing partners, which kept me from receiving my
Pinebook Pro until last week.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 didn't merely slow down production. It also
made QA impossible, which led to enough problems with my new laptop
that it's going to need to be replaced. We'll talk about why that is
in much greater detail later, but for right now, keep in mind that
some parts of my experience aren't as-designed for the hardware.
You should also keep in mind that the Pinebook isn't exactly a
consumer product—it's a device aimed squarely at hobbyists and
tinkerers with offbeat plans and limited budget. Most people will not
want to replace their standard consumer laptop or Chromebook with a
Pinebook Pro—but it's a fascinating look at what's possible in
inexpensive hardware design with an intense focus on privacy, open
source design, and community.'
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Waikato, NZ
+64 (7) 858-5174