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July 2, 2024

Lilbits: Linux on Snapdragon X, PlayStation Portal Clone, and Affordable Smart Glasses Dev Kit



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The first laptops and tablets with Qualcomm Snapdragon X Plus and Snapdragon X Elite chips are now available, and so far they all come with Windows 11 pre-installed. But Qualcomm has already 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’s no device with a Snapdragon X chip that’s fully supported by Linux. But it looks like the Asus Vivobook S 15 OLED is closer than most. That’s not surprising as 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, display, storage, and CPU frequency scaling.

The patch is still very much a work in progress, with some hardware not yet working and other components not working 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 does work just a few weeks after a laptop brand new CPU architecture hit the streets.


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

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

There’s something kind of familiar about this handheld game 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 probably a more capable device than this (not quite) cheap (enough) knockoff. Sony’s handheld game streaming device has a better screen and a faster processor. 

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


Build your own Google Glass/smart glass with this dev kit that includes a 1.1 inch, 126 x 126 pixel prism display on an arm that extends from a pair of glasses and powered by an ESP32 microprocessor. It’s priced around $40 to $50 or so, but appears to be out of stock everywhere at the moment.

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