Although I’m not too worried given Manjaro is a well maintained distribution and even the default OS on the Pinephone, I was a little concerned by an article I read on the safety of the device. It pretty much says “there’s no builtin security against overheating and voltage, if you don’t use the right software your house might burn down”. That’s… a bit more extreme than what I was expecting even from experimental Linux phones, even if I know that’s a scenario that’s unlikely in practice.
Still it warrants me asking: Does Manjaro and its kernel have careful safeguards in place to ensure no dangerous overheating or damage to hardware can occur? And are they carefully monitored so that a bad update doesn’t risk ending up in the stable branch and disabling a vital security measure?
Here’s one example, alongside the general balancing of voltages and charging to balance between the safest and most efficient clocking results in general: If an excessive temperature is detected on the sensors, will the device immediately power itself off?