After waiting a bit over a month, followed by an agonizing week when the new gizmo was at my DHL pickup point and I was some 2h by car away in our summer house.
What gizmo? A Pinebook Pro!
The Pinebook comes in many layers. Like, properly many. I guess this means that it is safe during transport. At least mine arrived without any bruising despite a long journey from Hongkong to Alingsås.
After powering the system on it took quite a long time for the system to reach the Manjaro logo, but once up and running, things move along at a decent pace.
Initial impressions are positive. I had to crank up the backlight a bit, but I’m sitting outdoors (it is overcast). Right now I’m installing the initial set of software updates (some 400+MB to download) while I type this. I also set the keyboard layout to Swedish. I have an ISO keyboard model, so all the keys are there and I don’t mind that the keycaps say something else than what they type.
On the topic of the keyboard. I was warned about the keyboard feel. I was also told that the Pro-model is better than the original Pinebook (which I’ve only used for ~5s at fosdem). To be honest, the keyboard is decent, but not on par with my Dell XPS13, nor my Sculpt Egonomic keyboard.
I still have the night time hacking test to perform – will my wife accept this keyboard clicking in the early morning hours? She preferred the MacBook Pro over the XPS13, so let’s see how this fares ;-).
I also have to see if I can adopt to Manjaro Linux, or if I’ll go to Debian, which I run on all my other machines. It has been years since I tried any alternative distro, so I’ll give it a few days at least to see how much I will miss
apt-get – at least it runs KDE Plasma ;-)