Manjaro ARM Beta8 with Plasma-Mobile (Pinephone)

We are happy to present our eight Beta Release of the Manjaro Plasma-Mobile edition for the PinePhone. This marks the last release with ofono stack!

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This image includes

  • Kernel 5.14.17 optimized for the Pinephone, which recently had some great improvements in regards of battery life,
  • Frameworks 5.87
  • Plasma 5.23.2
  • Plasma-Mobile apps, which are now bundled as Plamo Gear 21.08
  • Maui Apps 2.0 and
  • Camera app Megapixels 1.3.0 with great improvements in responsiveness,
  • Pipewire 0.3.39
  • 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 Beta8
PinePhone Development

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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Awesome!

How far along is a similar update for PineTab?

Are you saying that this a secure smartphone?
Are you saying this is a fully working smartphone?
Does it read potentially infected pdf files sandboxed?
What is the position regarding google connections?
Does it use MicroG…?
Thanks

Security is defined by the user’s habits. Encrypted filesystem is possible but requires the user to do it by hand.

I use a pinephone - so yes - but fully working depends where you are and your requirments and which system you run - e.g. I am living in Denmark and I have no issues (using phosh)

I don’t read pdf on my phone

There is no Google

What is that?


Do not expect a polished smartphone experience - expect bugs - expect to solve issues - it is a playground - for my use it works fine - no breaking issues.

I only use the phone for what it should be used for - phonecalls and texts - an internet connection for nerd access to my ssh server - browser for editing notes on my web based notepad.

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Hi,

Do you know if the ofono issue’s have been solved?

A new implementation of the phone stack is currently being implemented in Plasma Mobile, replacing ofono with ModemManager. I believe it was to be released with KDE Gear 21.10 last month, but that got cancelled due to some issues with the Caller app or such. It is now up for release with KDE Gear 21.11, but seeing as it’s late november already I wouldn’t be surprised if that gets cancelled too, and we’ll have to wait for KDE Gear 21.12 to be released.

However, as I understand it the current plasma-mobile-dev builds already run on the phone stack where ofono is replaced with ModemManager, so you could try your luck with those :slight_smile:

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I’ve been using the same Plasma Mobile installation for tree weeks now. Such a long usage was impossible before - at least for me. There was always something that made the entire installation unusable. Plasma mobile has definitely come a long way. There are still a few minor issues here and there but overall the system feels stable, snappy and beautiful.

first plasma mobile i have tried out, and it was simply unusable. I was not able to activate mobile data, when clicking on the checkbox it just went to the page asking for access point details. I was not able to shut it down or restart phone unless typing it into search box. It was also slower than phosh and app launcher needed excessively long press before it registered scroll input. All UI buttons suffered from the same, needing to press, instead of just quickly tap, to have reliable input. OSK keyboard lacked all other arrow keys except left (wtf?)

I am kind of hoping i did something wrong because this is just astonishing level of fail for a beta8, it feels like beta1 of phosh worked better as i never had showstoppers, just small annoyances there.

edit: i found one improvement over phosh, the haptic feedback through vibra was stronger. But i feel bad this OS is what is shipped with new devices.

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That is your usage - not mine or most people.
I want a stable secure smartphone that protects my privacy. :ok_hand:
I got rid of eFoundation eS7 phone because I could not turn off location under microG. I sent it back for total refund as it was still making google connections so was not google free as advertised.

I then bought a used budget smartphone - Pixel 3a - and flashed GrapheneOS myself following video and instructions from techlore security expert. :male_detective:
I have been stopped providing links so you will have to find the video by putting https in front of…
://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrDUOtWXGv8
This is a smartphone as it should be. :hugs:
You can even view pdf files sandboxed for complete safety and security.
Superb 20mp camera too.

Never considered a pinephone at the time as it looked like an expensive amateur project in early stages.

Well, expensive it is for sure. It already took Millions of Dollars to get to the state it is now, but amateur project ?!?. It is more like a hen egg problem. Without the hardware, no phone, and with no phone no proper software on Linux.

The pinephone is not alone. There is also Librem 5 by Purism. Sure, both projects are started by companies, but Pine64 has grown also a great community with developers from multiple opensource focused projects. Some a backed by corporation sponsorship, others do it in their free time to get Linux on Mobile possible.

Purism started with a flag ship device and Pine64 on the low end cheaper side. However, for a developer it partly doesn’t matter how slow the application starts, rather how it is visual presented and how you may interact with the new mobile platform also software wise. Having the Pinephone Pro targeting the regular user only shows that there is a wider interest in within the broader community in Mainline Linux phones. Expect more to come, as we, as a company and community have much to give in that regard. So stay tuned for future updates on the matter …

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Hi Phil – could we agree that pinephone and GraphenOS Pixel phones are diametrically opposite in form, function, capabilities, security and ethos…?

"If I were configuring a smartphone today, I’d use DanielMicay’s GrapheneOS as the base operating system. I’d desolder the microphones." Edward Snowden

I am sure you fully know the backstory but please see cellularnews dot com.

Are there any preinstalled secure OS pinephones available to buy like omertadigital dot com…? Or NitroPhone - Most Secure Android on the Planet.

I think you need to get near to this level or you may end up like ReplicantOS regarding actual phones. You also need to consider the internal hardware – the chip – security, security, security…!

Having said all that – as I like to support the small guy – I wish you the best of luck.