DietPi News: Latest Release, v8.20, Introduces NanoPi Neo Air Handheld Linux Terminal

Cupertino, August 7, 2023

The latest DietPi v8.20 release

The latest DietPi v8.20 release of the lightweight Debian-based Linux distribution for SBCs and server systems was released on July 29, 2023, and on a separate note: a DIY handheld Linux terminal based on the NanoPi Neo Air SBC and with DietPi found on the interwebs.

DietPi v8.20 release

The project team released the new DietPi v8.20 on July 29, 2023 with the following highlights:

  • Homebridge: New software package providing Apple Homekit support
  • Kernel updates for WiFi Hotspot: Improved DHCP defaults
  • Fixes and updates for DietPi-LogClear, DietPi-Dashboard, DietPi-LetsEncrypt, PaperMC, vaultwarden, etc…

The full changelog can be found on the DietPi website and the source code is hosted on GitHub.

NanoPi Neo Air handheld Linux terminal running DietPi

While it's nice to have an alternative Linux distribution for popular single board computers, it's great when they're used in specific projects, and Liliputing brought us one of them among the attention. user Balazs has designed a handheld terminal powered by FriendlyELEC NanoPi Neo Air SBC (Allwinner H3) with DietPi interfaces via UART to a Raspberry Pi Pico board driving an 800×480 SPI TFT color display and a matrix keyboard with 71 keys.

The design also includes a DS3231 RTC module and a 10,000 mAh LiPo battery that provides up to 15 hours of uptime.

The terminal supports ASCII, Latin-1 supplement, box drawing, block, braille and some other characters.

Apart from the plinth, the project largely consists of ready-made parts.

The KiCAD hardware design files, other resources, and instructions can be found at

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