[ARM Testing Updage] - 2024-03-08 - Kernels, KDE, Firefox, Libreoffice, Maui, Systemd

Hello ARM community.

We updated kernels, renewed KDE Plasma, KDE Gear and offer other related goodies for you. Pamac is now fully adaptive and we have a new release of Phosh. Systemd offers now the Blue Screen of Death!

Update Announcement

Some highlights:

  • Some Kernels got updated
    • Linux-Firmware got updated as well
  • Updates to Gnome and Cinnamon
  • KDE Frameworks got renewed to 5.115.0
  • KDE Gear got updated to 23.08.5
  • Firefox is at 123.0 and Thunderbird at 115.8.0
  • LibreOffice got renewed to 7.6.5 and 24.2.0
  • MauiFramework got updated to 3.1.0
  • Systemd is at 255.3
  • Kodi got renewed to 20.3
  • Mesa is at 24.0.2
  • Pipewire got renewed to 1.0.3
  • Qemu got updated to 8.2.1

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 (Wed Feb 28 06:50:51 CET 2024)

  • arm-testing core aarch64: 111 new and 111 removed package(s)
  • arm-testing extra aarch64: 2777 new and 2727 removed package(s)
  • arm-testing kde-unstable aarch64: 312 new and 311 removed package(s)

A full list of all package changes can be found 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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Perfect! Works great on my Raspberry Pi 5 :grinning:


“wiki post” is not a wiki post.

Update for Pinephone Pro went well, with the one caveat that this issue still exists. Just posted a patch to that issue that correctly updates uboot for the ppp. Please consider using it.


I have quite a big problem, when I start the Pinebook Pro the system initially boots and when it switches to graphics it blinks shortly and I end up with a cursor blinking in the top left corner.

Edit: Tried several reboots now, all the same.
The last text in text mode is: Starting Kernel.
Then the flash of random colour 1-2 seconds nothing (that might still be normal) and then the blinking cursor in the top left and that’s all.

On my Pinebook Pro everything was fine.

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I have since installed a new version, but it might have been a disk corruption.

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