[ARM Stable Update] 2023-04-27 - Plasma 5.27.4, Phosh 0.26, Apple Silicon Support, Pamac, LibreOffice

Hello ARM community,

this stable update for our ARM architecture of Manjaro Linux took a little longer as expected.

We had some staff changes in our Manjaro ARM team. Some have already noticed that Dan left the team and the company. Therefore we have also to see when the next install medias for ARM SBCs and devices will been created. Dan did a lot for the ARM branch of Manjaro, including endless testing of boards and devices. Before releasing any image for an ARM device it needs to been tested on the device itself. You can find untested development builds at github.

Therefore I’ll act as the interim release manager until we found the right staff member for this job.


Manjaro, like many other open-source projects, relies on the generosity of its community through donations and corporate sponsorships to support its growth and development. These donations are essential in covering the various expenses incurred in the operations of the project such as server costs, software development tools, infrastructure expenses, training, flying people to events or conferences and the salaries of key developers. With the help of these donations, Manjaro is able to secure the necessary financial stability that allows the project to continuously improve and remain active. If you love Manjaro, consider to donate!

Update Announcement

With this update we have added a lot of new stuff. Beside kernel updates you may find some to Apple Silicon and Station M3.

Some highlights:

  • Some Kernels got updated. Inlcuding RPI4
  • We pushed the latest changes Asahi Linux did for Apple Silicon to our repos.
    • installer is still an internal project and might be open for the public at some point
  • With Pamac 10.5.0 we introduce offline updates.
  • Pamac 11.0-rc1 got added to test our GTK4 port further. Install it via pamac-gtk-dev
  • Plasma got updated to 5.27.4 and KDE Frameworks is at 5.105.0
  • Firefox is now at 112.0.1 and Thunderbird at 102.10.0
  • LibreOffice got renewed to 7.4.6
  • phosh and phoc got updated to 0.26 series
  • systemd is now at 253.3
  • LibreOffice got renewed to 7.5.2
  • Qemu is now at 7.2.1
  • Blender is now at 3.5.0
  • Xorg-Server got a security update
  • LxQt is at 1.3.0
  • Pipewire is at 0.3.69
  • The usual KDE-git updates
  • Many python packages got updated

End Of Life kernels (will be removed from repo soon):

  • linux60 (EOL on 2023-01-12) (removed from repository)

Tips And Tricks

Error about missing openssl 1.1 library

Since the update to the new OpenSSL 3.0, some applications might still be looking for version 1.1 og openssl.
Fortunately Arch Linux created a compatability package for such events called openssl-1.1.
So if you encounter any such errors, please install the above mentioned package.
Applications currently known to specifically look for 1.1 is silver. We have not been able to rebuild it yet. So if you are on our Gnome or Sway editions, please install openssl-1.1 as part of this update.

How to get Waydroid working

If you follow these steps, you should have Waydroid working fine.

Remember, Waydroid only works on wayland!

  • Install waydroid-image and all it’s dependencies.
  • Run pkexec setup-waydroid.
  • You should now be able to launch Waydroid. The first launch takes a while.
How to use Kodi RPI on Manjaro ARM

If anyone wants to test kodi on the rpi, install these packages:

sudo pacman -S kodi-rpi kodi-rpi-dev kodi-rpi-eventclients kodi-rpi-tools-texturepacker libcec-rpi linux-rpi4 xf86-video-fbdev

Have it set up is to boot straight in to kodi

This means the kodi.service file need to replace whatever login manager you have installled. In my case I would:

sudo systemctl disable lightdm.service
sudo systemctl enable kodi.service

They recommend removing custom configs in config.txt. We ran into an issue if a value was set with gpu_mem=.

My config.txt with a bit of overclocking:

#gpu_mem=64     #disable this
initramfs initramfs-linux.img followkernel

#enable sound

#enable vc4
#max_framebuffers=2    #disable cause kodi uses more

Some notes:

The default user will be kodi
kodi home directory will be /var/lib/kodi
So put test video in /var/lib/kodi/Videos so you can get to it
after setting up the video directory in kodi.

Upstream Notifications:

Older notifications

The PHP package has been updated to 8.2. If you still need 8.1, use php-legacy packages.
Arch Linux - News: PHP 8.2 update and introduction of legacy branch

If you used the Manjaro ARM Installer or is using PinePhone or PineTab, you need to redo your passwords, because of an update to libxcrypt:
Arch Linux - News: Sorting out old password hashes

The ghostpcl and ghostxps requires manual intervention (if you have these installed):
Arch Linux - News: ghostpcl>=9.53.2-2 and ghostxps>=9.53.2-2 updates require manual intervention

The nss package requires manual intervention:
Arch Linux - News: nss>=3.51.1-1 and lib32-nss>=3.51.1-1 updates require manual intervention

The packages hplip and firewalld requires manual intervention:
Arch Linux - News: hplip 3.20.3-2 update requires manual intervention
Arch Linux - News: firewalld>=0.8.1-2 update requires manual intervention

Package Changes (Thu Apr 20 02:40:13 CEST 2023)

  • arm-stable community aarch64: 1649 new and 1665 removed package(s)
  • arm-stable core aarch64: 112 new and 112 removed package(s)
  • arm-stable extra aarch64: 1211 new and 1202 removed package(s)
  • arm-stable kde-unstable aarch64: 408 new and 408 removed package(s)

See the full package list here

Testers needed on arm-testing branch

We are in need of testers for our arm-testing and arm-unstable branches.
So if you are adventurous and want newer software quicker, we would love for you to help us test out the new packages in arm-testing branch.

All you have to do to switch to this branch is:

  • Run this command to switch branch: sudo pacman-mirrors -aS testing && sudo pacman -Syyu. This will generate a new mirrorlist for you, sync your databases with the new mirror and update your system using the arm-testing branch.

We would then love for you to give feedback in our update posts in Testing Updates. That way we can better find and fix bugs, before they hit arm-stable branch. Thank you!

  • No issue, everything went smoothly
  • Yes there was an issue. I was able to resolve it myself. (Please post your solution)
  • Yes i am currently experiencing an issue due to the update. (Please post about it)

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Check if your mirror has already synced:

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Known Issues and Solutions

This is a wiki post, please edit it when you find a solution to an issue you encountered


Docker 23 not starting

Since the update to Docker 23, upstream is now inforcing new paths for apparmor related stuff. But there has been changes to dependencies yet. So Docker 23 will error on start.
Fix: Install apparmor from the repositories.


Ethernet and Wifi not working right on kernel 6.1.2+ on some devices

Some devices have been reported to not have properly working ethernet and wifi after the update to kernel 6.1.2 and above.
Fix: Kernel 6.1.5-2 and above should have working ethernet and wifi again.

Reduced video playback performance in mpv

There has been reports of video playback performance in mpv has regressed since an update to mpv.
Fix: MPV now needs a vd-lavc-dr=no parameter to play hw acceleration supported 1080p videos smoothly.

Touch input on Firefox with Phosh not working in Firefox 108

Since the update to Firefox 108, the touch input does not work. Seems to be an issue with a couple of the changes the mobile-config brings in. PostMarketOS likely won’t fix this in their source, so we might need to carry a patch for this.


OpenSSL 1.1 library not found

Some applications might still be looking for openssl 1.1.
Solution: Install openssl-1.1 package with sudo pacman -S openssl-1.1.


Firefox shows wrong colors when playing video on Raspberry Pi 4

Since Mesa 22.2, Firefox has been showing weird colors when playing video on the Raspberry Pi 4. This is caused by an issue in upstream mesa, which was recently fixed.
Fix: Update to mesa 22.2.3-0.1 in the repository, which includes this fix.

Chromium in Wayland crashes with --in-process-gpu

Since Mesa 22.2.0, Chromium running in wayland sessions seems to crash when running with the --in-process-gpu option. Running in X11 seems fine, although it’s slow.
Fix: Update to Mesa 22.3.2 was reported to work here.


Plasma Mobile Dialer seems to be unreliable

Plasma Dialer 22.09 seems to have issues switching audio profiles and as such might require manual switching. Sometimes audio is completely missing.

Reduced video performance on youtube

Some may encounter reduced video playback performance on YouTube in Firefox with the new Mesa 22.2 drivers.
No workaround at this time.

Old Issues

Phosh crashes when closing apps
An upstream issue results in the Phosh shell to crash when you close the app in the app switcher, with animations turned off.
Fix: Enable animations in Tweaks application

Mouse cursor is slow on Raspberry Pi
Due to a change in the Raspberry Pi kernels upstream, they no longer support FKMS. This can result in slow performance when using the FKMS drivers with the newer Raspberry Pi kernels.
Solution: Open /boot/config.txt, change fkms to kms in the dtoverlay line. Save the file and reboot.

[Waydroid container cannot access internet
Cause: new default waydroid configuration issue, tracked here.

Short-term Solution:

  1. create /etc/nftables.d/waydroid.nft with the following contents:
#!/usr/sbin/nft -f
table inet filter {
    chain input {
        iifname "waydroid0" accept comment "Allow incoming network traffic from WayDroid"
    chain forward {
        iifname "waydroid0" accept comment "Allow outgoing network traffic from WayDroid"
        ct state {established, related} counter accept comment "accept established connections"
  1. any time you launch waydroid, run the following after it has started:
echo "ip route add default via" |sudo waydroid shell

A post was split to a new topic: [Development] ARM-Profiles - Feedback on Plasma Edition

Whe I rn update, I get error:

$ sudo pacman -Syu
:: Synchronizing package databases...
 core is up to date
 extra is up to date
 community is up to date
:: Starting full system upgrade...
resolving dependencies...
looking for conflicting packages...
error: failed to prepare transaction (could not satisfy dependencies)
:: installing libgit2 (1:1.6.4-1) breaks dependency 'libgit2.so=1.5-64' required by gitui
1 ↵   

How should I fix this, please?

Remove gitui for now, then update.

Archlinux ARM needs to update gitui to 0.22.1 and build against libgit2.so.1.6.


Hello. After last upgrade, firefox is freezing when I try to authenticate with google.

I have a pinebook 11" 1080p and are using gcalcli. With the gcalcli you need to authenticate every week (I haven’t figured it out to make it more permanent), which worked until this update. After this update the firefox starts, tries to use google auth and then after few seconds/clicks firefox freezes and crashes. Here is the link to firefox log. Has anybody similar problem? Do you know how to fix? Thanks.

Note: Downgrading firefox didn’t work. And it doesn’t to seem to be memory problem only 1GB of 1.9GB is used when the crash occures.

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A post was split to a new topic: Cannot start KDE login session after update

Manjaro rpi arm xfce edition.
When I watch youtube , Firefox freezes.

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does grey window screen?