Manjaro ARM Beta3 for PineTab

The Manjaro ARM project is proud to announce the third beta for the PineTab!

This image uses kernel mainline kernel 5.12.

Since our last developer release in March, there has been quite a lot of improvements.
These images are based on the arm-testing branch.

Known issues

All Editions

  • Megapixels does not launch, can’t find pine64,pinetab-early-adopter.ini file.
  • Wakeup from standby somtimes takes more than one press of the power button.
  • Sometimes the screen does not want to turn on on boot. A workaround is to boot a working image from eMMC, put in the SD card and then reboot (not shutdown and boot).
  • Volume buttons does not seem to work.

Downloads

Device Phosh Plasma Mobile
PineTab (Early Adopter version) Beta3 Beta3

About the device

PineTab:
The PINETAB is similar in both form, function and underlying ARM64 architecture to the original 11.6″ PINEBOOK. It is powered by the same Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit Processor used in our popular PINE A64 Single Board Computer. The optional keyboard and trackpad – which doubles-up as a screen cover – effectively converts the PineTab into a petite on-the-go laptop with a touch screen functionality. It runs numerous mainline Linux distributions as well as *BSDs and Android.

As a new open source platform, the PineTab development is an ongoing process and represents a great opportunity to get involved with computing on a different level, to customise and personalise the portable computer experience, to understand what is going on beneath the surface.

Order

The PineTab is currently out of stock in the Pine64 Store, but it will be back soon.
Currently UBPorts is the default OS on the PineTab. But you can flash Manjaro ARM to an SD card or directly to the internal eMMC and it will boot that.

How to install

Download the image/xz file from the download location. Verify that the download completed successfully.
After that, install Etcher ( sudo pacman -S etcher if on Manjaro) or Manjaro ARM Flasher (sudo pacman -S manjaro-arm-flasher if you are on Manjaro ARM) and burn the image to an SD card (8 GB or larger).
The PineTab should recognize the SD card as a bootable device and boot from it.

These images are also available through the Manjaro ARM Flasher!

The preconfigured users on Phosh are:
User: manjaro
Password: 123456

User: root
password: root

The Plasma Mobile edition uses Pico Wizard as it’s First Run setup tool.

Donate

Please consider supporting Manjaro ARM directly via Patreon, Ko-Fi or Open Collective.
You can also donate to our upstream, which is Arch Linux ARM.

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I managed to get the auto-rotate to work on the plasma mobile image:

  1. Add the “Display Configuration” widget by doing a long press on the wallpaper, “add widgets” and select “Display Configuration”.
  2. Press on the “Advanced Display Settings” button on the newly created widget.
  3. Select the “Automatic” radio button next to “Orientation:” and uncheck the “Only when in tablet mode.” box.

Perhaps the auto-rotate doesn’t work because it wrongly assume it is in convergence mode?

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I was originally enabling it through installing and using the systemsettings application. Autorotate would also work using that method as soon as you disabled “Only when in tablet mode”.

So it seems like Kwin does not know that the PineTab is a tablet… Interesting.

Today,

  1. Install beta3 plasma-mobile to emmc, via jumpdrive 0.8.
    Result: #wontboot

  2. Install to uSD card.
    Result: #wontboot

  3. Install beta2 plasma-mobile back to SD card (have had previous success.)
    Result: Boots! but horridly slow, probably due to SD card i/o r/w speeds. It’s still faster than Mobian-phosh running on emmc …

  4. After manjaro-arm-installer (on SD card beta2 image) failed to find a PineTab image (to install to emmc) …

  5. Got brave and, via jumpdrive, installed beta2 to emmc.
    Result: Boots! & a quick (well…) pacman -Syu (Gaaawd! Discover is awful!) later, I should be up to date with beta3 (?) … and it still boots!

In all wontboot cases, condition is assumed, based on following observations: No heat detected from cpu/ram. No activity on screen. No characteristic whisk-click of SD card activity as heard from previous SD card OS installs.

Note: Also tried PineTab images for manjaro-arm-installer from my Manjaro amd64 laptop. No PineTab images to be found. Also from the beta2 running SD card image. No PineTab images to be found.