I thought this upcoming bit of Linux-specific hardware is deserving of its own thread, particularly for developers of server-class ARM Linux software & tools, and also for tinkerers and enthusiasts of ARM SBCs. Note, I’m not affiliated with PINE64, just an enthusiast!
The original $99 Pinebook was never intended to be a daily driver, but the black magnesium alloy body $199 Pinebook Pro pushes into that territory; specs & more on the PINE64 forum FOSDEM 2019 Blog post.
The Pinebook Pro will run the same [modified] distros as the popular ROCKPro64 SBC: Debian, Ubuntu, Arch (in progress), Android, NetBSD, and others. [Edit: plus PINE64’s own performance and 2D/3D graphics-optimized community distro, TBA]
Edit 2: Robbie Ferguson’s interview with Lukasz Erecinski (@Luke_PINE64), with more background, details, photos of prototype units, and info about the in-development $149 PinePhone and $20 CUBE IP cam, both hackable like all of PINE64’s gear.
Edit 3: PINE64 Update 2019-04-02: OS images with video, 3D and browser acceleration…available for purchase early Summer.
Notes & More
Order at: TBA, see the PINE64 forums or their newsletter subscription.
FOSS-targeted hardware, RK3399 SoC (2x Cortex-A72, 4x Cortex-A53).
Motherboard upgradeable & replacement parts available (like the original Pinebook).
Extra charges for NVMe adapter & shipping (worldwide).
eMMC upgrade to 128GB for PINE64 forum members.