Manjaro ARM Beta7 with Plasma-Mobile (PinePhone)

We are happy to present our seventh Beta Release of the Manjaro Plasma-Mobile edition for the PinePhone:

This image includes

  • Kernel 5.13.14 optimized for the Pinephone, which recently had some great improvements in regards of battery life,
  • Frameworks 5.85
  • Plasma 5.22.5
  • Plasma-Mobile apps, which are now bundled as Plamo Gear 21.08
  • Maui Apps 2.0 and
  • Camera app Megapixels 1.2.0 with great improvements in responsiveness,
  • Pipewire 0.3.34,
  • Appimagelauncher 2.2.0 and
  • our Pico-Wizard for easy initial setup at first launch

Over the last months Plasma-Mobile has made a lot of remarkable progress in regards of graphical appearance with smooth transitions and auto-rotate. Apps are now launching faster, too.
The drop-down menu provides Settings, Flashlight, a Screenshot function and more.
With Plamo Gear and the Maui Apps applications for all typical everyday needs are pre-installed.

Known issues:

  • keyboard in pico-wizard closes frequently and needs to be re-opened by tapping input fields again
  • modem stability is still not very good. This should be improved significantly in the near future by transitioning to support of modemmanager
  • text prediction is currently only available for English.
  • many translations are still missing.

Download:

Device PlaMo
PinePhone Beta7
PinePhone Nightly

About the device:
PinePhone:
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.


Order

Pinephones Beta Edition are still on stock. 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.


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.


Bugtracker

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

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nice and pipewire finaly now still hoping modemmanager replaces ofono in plasma mobile so i can use my contracted sim on plamo

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Thanks Oberon for the new Plamo Beta release including PlaMo Gear 21.08 :slight_smile:

Brief question: do you have any idea whether a default e-mail application is in the works/to be included in PlaMo?

Some of the PlaMo devs have been looking into a simple mail client in Kirigami, but there has been nothing announced.

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Roundcube works quite well on a mobile platform, depending on the web browser of course.

It is true. Sometimes calls, SMS or internet connection do not work. I see GSM devices (nmcli d) under different names (quectelqmi_ <№> (usually), ttyUSB2, cdc-wdm0, completely missing, …) and in different states (connected, connecting (unfortunately permanently: D), disconnected, unavailable, …)
Is there a guide on how to reinitialize these services without restarting PP? I am especially interested in connecting to a mobile operator and connecting to the Internet.
(Usually I succeed with systemctl restart eg25-manager, systemctl restart ofonoctl and systemctl restart NetworkManager, but sometimes I have to repeat them, change the order, and sometimes I give up and restart my PP.)

Yeah, there is until now no really usable Mail app available. Geary mobile runs, but painfully slow. And NO DAV for calendar/contacts available ATM

Haven’t used this release in a while, but after a week or so of testing I can say it has come a long ways. Looking forward to seeing it progress even more.

The keyboard issue is sometimes frustrating, but mostly useable. One thing I did notice while testing apps that are not preinstalled, is that I cannot uninstall them from the Discover app(get permission denied). Easy enough to do via sudo command, but another minor inconvenience. I also ran into a brief issue where I could not update or install apps with both the Discover app and the command line, but deleting the db.lck file from /var/lib/pacman was a quick fix. Not sure what caused the lock file to stay in the first place(even after a reboot); maybe a crash, but can’t be certain.

Anywho, keep up the good work. Both phosh and plasma are great offerings for a “development” device and the speed at which they are improving is impressive. I’ll stick with plasma for now and try and file as many bugs as I can find.

I tried to use cronie to reboot the phone when the modem is down but with no succes since I would have to sudo in cronie.
Does anyone know how to get sudo cronie to work?