[kwlug-disc] The Pinebook Pro

Stuart Seeley stuart at lowlevel.ca
Wed Feb 6 14:33:43 EST 2019


Sorry for two replies... but checked the links you had included...
Looks like they've tightened up their layout game, and the metal case
certainly is attractive.
Have you looked at that Asus one? Tinker I think it's called...

Stuart

On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 2:01 PM Ron Singh <ronsingh149 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Stuart,
>
> What do you mean by "poor design and production quality", do you mean,
> cruddy solder job, poorly-aligned connectors, poor connectors, crappy
> silkscreening?
>
> See, I want to get one of their Rock64 SBC with their alum case, but now I
> grow worried.
> The SBC is this one:
> https://www.pine64.org/?page_id=7147
> The case is this one:
> https://www.pine64.org/?product=rock64-premium-aluminum-casing
>
> Thanks,
>
> Ron Singh
>
>
>
> On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 1:44 PM Stuart Seeley <stuart at lowlevel.ca> wrote:
>
>> I backed their Pine A64 single board computer on kickstarter.
>> While support is certainly limited, the over all poor design and
>> production quality put me off.
>> The raspberry pi boards from my point of view are far more mature and
>> better supported.
>>
>> Stuart
>>
>> On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 11:10 AM Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:
>>
>>> I ran across this company when I was looking for SBCs that can run Linux
>>> for my Home Assistant project. I ended up with a Raspberry Pi 3, but was
>>> impressed with their SBCs.
>>>
>>> https://www.pine64.org/
>>>
>>> The laptop seems to be a natural evolution from there.
>>>
>>> What worries me about these companies is the same thing that plagues
>>> Orange Pi, Banana Pi, and other more powerful RPi clones: software and
>>> community. Specifically, they make the operating system work, then do
>>> not put any effort in updating it at all, then it is abandoned after a
>>> new
>>> model comes out. Also, the lack of a community hobbles them.
>>>
>>> Let us see if the laptop can overcome these problems.
>>>
>>> On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 11:01 AM L.D. Paniak <
>>> ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Looks like there is a reasonable, inexpensive open-source (friendly)
>>>> laptop coming down the pipe soon:
>>>>
>>>> https://forum.pine64.org/showthread.php?tid=7093
>>>>
>>>> Not sure how many binary blobs are required to make it go but my BSD
>>>> friends think it is OK.
>>>>
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