I’m running Manjaro on a Beelink GTR5 5900HX and after a few updated BIOS releases the experience is pretty smooth. However, I’d love to see a more solid approach to software updates from Beelink, and since Manjaro has a working partnership with them I was wondering if there could be any help from Manjaro. In particular, I’d rather
not be required to ask for an update via email every time
see a changelog detailling the changes coming with that release
have a way to flash the BIOS from Linux, without resorting to a Win10 installation that I keep on an USB stick for that very reason. Heck, I even need to install WinRAR because lately they changed to RAR format instead of ZIP.
Beelink support and download section is somewhat biased. There are hardware drivers for Windows, but no BIOS releases. They offer to download Ubuntu, but why no Manjaro, and… why at all? Is there someone at Manjaro able to talk to them?
For ubuntu they just have generic image.
Manjaro they only have for the devices we released with manjaro pre-installed and that is only ser4 device and others were never released with manjaro pre-installed.
They say this is too prevent users for flashing wrong bios and it is true cause models seems same but there may be differences based on the serial number.
This they should improve. I will put forward this points.
I think they do in forum release.
For this their bios engineer should prepare a flashable bios from efi shell that could solve linux bios update problem so there will be no need for Windows.
As said above they used to keep it public but then users flashing wrong bios and returning the device is a lose for them. So now Bios is shared after email verification of the serial number.