Manjaro ARM Beta5 with Plasma-Mobile (PinePhone)

The Manjaro ARM project is proud to announce the fifth BETA release of Plasma-Mobile for the PinePhone!

This image uses kernel 5.12.8 optimized for the Pinephone (megi), Frameworks 5.82 and Plasma 5.21.5.
Pipewire is now being used for improved audio latency.

Our Pico Setup Wizard offers easy configuration of User details, Timezone, Language and Network at initial boot.

Plasma Mobile development was again very active and is now calling their group of core applications PlaMo Gear.
Of course latest versions 1.2.2 of the Maui Apps are also included aswell as version 1.0.1 of camera-app Megapixels.

AppImageLauncher, Youtube-DL and a selection of wallpapers are now also preinstalled.

Known issues

  • The kernel currently used for the Pinephone allows charging of the battery only to about 80% capacity as a security measure to prevent overheating. However, battery life in general has been improved.
  • Automatic switching of audio-output when plugging headphones now works more or less reliably, still not 100%.
  • You my still encounter some modem and keyboard instabilities.
  • Text preditcion currently is only available for English.

Download Pinephone PlaMo Beta5

Nightly builds with latest git-packages can be found here:
Download Pinephone PlaMo Nightly

About the device:
Perhaps you’re in a line of work where security is a must, or a hard-core Linux enthusiast, or perhaps you’ve just got enough of Android and iOS and you’re ready for something else – the PinePhone may be the next Phone for you. Powered by the same Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit SOC used in our popular PINE A64 Single Board Computer, the PinePhone runs mainline Linux as well as anything else you’ll get it to run.

The purpose of the PinePhone isn’t only to deliver a functioning Linux phone to end-users, but also to actively create a market for such a device, as well as to support existing and well established Linux-on-Phone projects. All major Linux Phone-oriented projects, as well as other FOSS OS’, are represented on the PinePhone and developers work together on our platform to bring support this this community driven device.


Pinephones Beta Edition Pre-Orders start on the 24th of March! Don’t miss it !!! Visit the Pine64 Store

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) and burn the to an SD card (8 GB or larger).

The PinePhone should recognize the SD card as a bootable device and boot from it.


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.


If you face issues with this editon, please open a new issue on our bug-tracker


Tried the new beta5 but I can not complete installer as when selecting any input field screen goes black.
So I can’t put anything to wifi password or user details / password fields etc.

Reflashed again and I was able to finish installer.

hmm not having that issue here (on pinephone), maybe try a reflash?


Does mobile data work in this beta? And is the issue of the screen brightness randomly going to 0% (and then staying there) fixed? These issues are not listed in the ‘Known issues’, so I suppose so? :slight_smile:

Does mobile data work in this beta?


And is the issue of the screen brightness randomly going to 0% (and then staying there) fixed?

Looks like it.

Hey people using Beta5 already, how is stability of the modem? (I saw that it still might not be stable) I wasn’t able to use SMS on beta 4 stably. Working alright for you guys and gals?

Switching to unstable seems to break the beta 5 installation after updating.
The brightness is set to 100 which makes the display black and after setting it back one can see that the de is stuck at the boot/kde logo with functional touchscreen (pointer is moving). For login all passwords user/kde/root need to be reseted and after trying to restart plamo with startplasma-wayland, kwin complains about a symbolerror for libkwayland.

Tested two times on fresh install of beta 5 with PP Convergence Edition

Yeah. Unstable is pretty, well yeah, unstable these days. Arch ARM seems to have pushed some plasma 5.22 packages, but not all, making Plasma brake at this point it seems.

You guys really knocked it out of the park this time!!! Not only is data much more reliable, but I was finally able to get Wireguard working! Now I can tunnel all of my traffic through my Linode wireguard to keep my browsing private from my ISP. And even better I can ssh to and from the phone and my home network wherever I am. Or check in on my Home Assistant server when I’m out. Keep up the great work.