[kwlug-disc] The Pinebook Pro

Ron Singh ronsingh149 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 6 16:21:55 EST 2019


Warped and flux-laden reminds me of the 1st gen Apple ][ Plus clone mobos
and IBM PC(4.77Mhz) clone mobos I used to get from HK back in '80-'82!

Yes, if you can still get it without hassles, I would be curious to take a
look at it, thanks!


Thanks,

Ron Singh



On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 2:26 PM Stuart Seeley <stuart at lowlevel.ca> wrote:

> The board I received appeard poorly assembled and was fairly warped...
> there was solder flux all over it too.
>
> It's been a while, but from what I recall there was some issue with the
> board layout/interconnect that was causing stability issues and if I'm not
> mistaken major performance bottleneck making the whole thing pretty
> unusable. (Not sure if they solved that later or what, but after waiting
> over a year to get the thing, and then having very limited support I
> decided to move on.)
>
> Purely opinion on this point, but seemed like the board was wasteful in
> it's layout/could have been smaller.
>
> I dumped it on someone in a pile of recycled equipment...  I'll see if I
> can get it back and send it to you.
>
> 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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