Lilbits: Linux on Snapdragon X, a PlayStation Portal clone and a cheap smart glasses dev kit

Lilbits: Linux on Snapdragon X, a PlayStation Portal clone and a cheap smart glasses dev kit

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The first laptops and tablets based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon X Plus and Snapdragon X Elite chips are now available, and so far they all come with Windows 11 preinstalled. But Qualcomm has made it clear that the chips can be used with other operating systems, and the company has already done some work to bring support for Snapdragon X chips to the mainline Linux kernel.

So far, there is no device with a Snapdragon X chip that whole supported by Linux. But it seems the Asus Vivobook S 15 OLED is closer than most. That’s not surprising, since it was one of the first to ship. And now Linux kernel developer Xilin Wu has submitted patches to add initial support for much of the laptop’s hardware, including the display, wireless chip, keyboard, touchpad, screen, storage, and CPU frequency scaling.

Asus Vivobook S 15 OLED Laptop with Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite

The patch is still very much in development, with some hardware not yet working and other components not performing as well as they could (the laptop has a PCIe 4.0 x4 slot for storage, but only supports PCIe 4.0 x2 on Linux so far). But it’s still interesting to see how much do work just weeks after a laptop with a brand new CPU architecture hit the market.

Here’s a roundup of the latest technology news from around the Internet.

ASUS Vivobook S15 laptop with Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite processor gets Linux patches (Phoronix)

A recent Linux kernel patch adds initial support for the Asus Vivobook S 15 OLED laptop with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite processor. However, some hardware is still not supported, including battery monitoring, USB4, webcam, SD card, etc. You can find more details in a post on the Linux kernel mailing list.

M25: New retro gaming handheld with PlayStation Portal copy design (NotebookCheck)

There’s something familiar about this portable gaming console with a 4.3-inch display and quad-core ARM Cortex-A55 processor. As NotebookCheck points out, despite its many limitations, the PlayStation Portal is arguably a more capable machine than this (not quite) cheap(enough) knockoff. Sony’s portable game streaming device has a better display and a faster processor.

Optional PureOS subscription added to advanced development (PureOS)

Linux PC & smartphone maker Purism is now offering an “optional subscription” to PureOS, the GNU/Linux distro that ships on its devices. It’s the exact same as a free version, so it’s just a way for supporters to fund its work.

LILYGO T-Glass – ESP32-powered smart glasses with 1.1-inch prism display, IMU, microphone and more (CNX Software)

Build your own Google Glass/smart glass with this dev kit that features a 1.1 inch, 126 x 126 pixel prism display on an arm that extends from a pair of glasses and is controlled by an ESP32 microprocessor. The price is around $40 to $50, but it appears to be sold out everywhere at the moment.

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