deck faq

Why the Samsung Galaxy S5?
It comes down to a combination of factors including the impressive screen, replaceable battery, good support from free operating systems like LineageOS, and having had a huge number of them manufactured and sold for ready availability on the second-hand market.
This would be so much cooler with a Raspberry Pi!
In theory, sure. Using a device built from the ground up for the DIY community would be great. But you would have to sacrifice an awful lot. The Pi 3 has a considerably slower CPU, half the ram, and much poorer screens available for it. But the most problematic is that it draws 1500 milliamps, draining a battery dry in half an hour which can last the S5 half a day. The first prototypes for the Deck were based on the Pi, but realistically there was no way to get an acceptable battery life from it.
Sure, but ... Android? Really?
I've got a poor opinion of Android overall. It's clunky, makes things difficult that are trivial on a normal Linux system, and in most cases flagrantly disrespects user freedom. But the balance shifts when you add LineageOS, F-Droid, and Termux into the mix.
What are those?
LineageOS is a project that takes the open-source core of Android and builds a fully free OS distribution around it. Normally Android devices don't get security updates beyond a year or two at best, but LineageOS allows new versions of Android to run on old devices. It works great without any proprietary Google code, though you can add that in if you really feel like you need it. F-Droid is an app repository which ships free/open-source software only, keeping out ad-ware and get-rich-quick sludge which clogs up the Google Play Store. Termux provides a very polished terminal emulator along with a Linux subsystem which lets you use apt-get to install all the command-line programs you're used to from your Linux laptop and/or servers.
I'm not so sure about that.
Well, the Deck will work regardless of what software you put on it. If you don't mind the stock OS, you can use that instead. F-Droid works on regular Android, and Termux can even be installed without F-Droid. Alternately you can try PostMarketOS for an Android-free experience, though that option is still somewhat immature.
Why doesn't anyone else make a mechanical keyboard laptop?
I know, right?
Two gigabytes of RAM doesn't seem like much.
if you use your Deck as an SSH terminal, you don't even need to run programs locally, just connect to a more powerful machine and get your work done there. Combine this with tmate and you've got a system for instantly sharing SSH sessions across machines and even with other users.
How difficult is it to assemble?
It's much easier than the Atreus keyboard. Simply screw it together and attach the screen bracket. Only 4 connections need to be soldered for the charging port.
Where did you get the idea?
The Atreus Deck was inspired largely by the n-o-d-e cyberdeck and the PocketCHIP.