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Lilbits: The $219 Pinebook Pro Linux laptop returns, GNOME is becoming more mobile-friendly, and Google Pixel 7 prototypes in the wild

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It’s been a few years since Pine64 began shipping the PineBook Pro laptop to customers looking for a cheap, Linux-friendly notebook with an ARM-based processor. But due to global supply chain issues, it’s been out of stock at the Pine64 Store for most of the past year. Now it’s coming back and should be available for purchase by July for $219.

While the laptop’s specs are starting to look a little dated by 2022 standards, it’s hard to beat that price, and Pine64 isn’t ready to announce a new model just yet. The company’s been keeping plenty busy with other product launches though.

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.

The PineBook Pro is a $219 Linux laptop with a 14 inch FHD IPS LCD display, a Rockchip RK3399 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. It’s been out of stock for a year due to supply chain issues, but it will be available again by July, 2022.

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Hackable $219 Pinebook Pro Linux Laptop Back on Sale

  • Hackable $219 Pinebook Pro Linux Laptop Back on Sale After Frustrating Yearlong Delay

    Pine64, the developers of Linux-based single-board computers, has announced the upcoming availability of the Pinebook Pro, an inexpensive laptop with upgradable components meant as an alternative to Chromebooks. The laptop had been out of stock for a year due to supply chain problems that have gripped the technology industry.

    Pinebook Pro Back on Sale After Delays

    Pine64's Lukasz Erecinski made the announcement of the Pinebook Pro's going back on sale in an official blog post, while the company also issued a YouTube video summarizing the announcement:

    The announcement had itself been meant to go out earlier in May, but Erecinksi had become ill. After a year of unavailability, the laptop will be available in June 2022 for $219 from Pine64's official store. The laptop had been previously enthusiastically reviewed by MUO as a "FOSS laptop that doesn't suck."

    "It has been a year since we were able to ship the Pinebook Pro, and ever since the last batch sold out we have been continually asked to bring it back," Erecinski said.

    The main reason for the delay in the availability of the machine has been sourcing IPS panels for the Pinebook Pro's 14-inch screen.

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