PinePhone Software Release

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This page is intended to help you install a software release on your PinePhone. In addition it provides details of all the available releases so that you can do some background reading about them to help inform your choice. Finally it provides a number of links to other resources related to your PinePhone.

General instructions

Initial (new) release installation should be to a micro SD card. It is recommended to choose a card with fast I/O of small files for best performance of your PinePhone. Generic installation instructions are in this section, please see the releases below for specific installation options they may offer/require.

Boot priority

The default PinePhone boot priority is first the SD card and then the eMMC so inserting your own SD card with your preferred release will result in the phone booting your image.

Brave Heart essential information

Your Brave Heart phone ships with a film of plastic between the battery and the phone. You need to open the back cover (gently) and remove the film before the phone will switch on!

Each Brave Heart phone does ship with a bootable release on the eMMC. This is a special version of postmarketOS intended only for a final factory test. As such the listed tests are not warranted to check what you may expect, e.g. the audio check only outputs to 1 channel

Discussion to use the modem

There is a document about using the modem by user megi here. This is from circa 18 Jan 2020.

Note at this date there is no TL;DR version - the script at the end to disable the modem before power off is pretty essential to avoid corrupting your modem's flash memory.

Preparation of SD card

  1. Download your chosen image from the options below
  2. Extract the compressed file
  3. Write the image to your SD card
  4. Plug SD card into phone
  5. Boot phone

If you need step-by-step instructions for writing an image to an SD card, check NOOB#Step-by-Step_Instructions_to_Flashing_MicroSD_Cards then return to this page.

Installation to eMMC

  • Prepare a new SD card as above
  • Boot the phone
  • Run a magic script (to be defined/written/...)

Software Releases

postmarketOS

postmarketos.png postmarketOS is an experimental, touch-optimized and pre-configured Alpine Linux that offers a choice of several desktop environments including Plasma Mobile and phosh.

  • Download location

Rather than downloading a demo image postmarketOS recommend the use of their script, pmbootstrap, that can tailor build your SD card for you. The script automates steps 1,2 & 3 above. See for example this forum thread.

Note pmbootstrap offers an option to install to the eMMC.

Demo images can be found here.

  • user-id/password

demo/147147 (for demo images only - when building an image with pmbootstrap you set your own user-id and password.)

  • What works, what does not work

See postmarketOS wiki page

  • Where/how to report defects

postmarketOS issue tracker for PinePhone support

  • Contributions

See postmarketOS wiki for options to contribute.

Ubuntu Touch by UBPorts

ubports.png A Mobile Version of the Ubuntu Operating System made and maintained by the UBports Community.

  • Download location

See UBports gitlab page.

  • user-id/password

The default password is phablet

  • What works, what does not work

Scroll down to the bottom of this page.

  • Where/how to report defects

See UBports gitlab page.

  • Contributions

See UBports website for how to donate.

Manjaro ARM

manjaro.png Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system with the Plasma Mobile desktop environment.

  • Download location

See Manjaro forum announcement of Alpha3 version

  • user-id/password
    • manjaro/manjaro
    • root/root
  • What works, what does not work

See Manjaro announcement.

  • Where/how to report defects
  • Contributions

See the end of the announcement here.

KDE Neon

plasma_mobile.png Based on KDE Neon for the desktop, comes with Plasma Mobile.

  • Download location

Plasma mobile images can be found here.

  • user-id/password
  • What works, what does not work
  • Where/how to report defects
  • Contributions

SailfishOS

sailfishos.png Sailfish OS is a Linux-based operating system based on open source projects such as Mer and including a closed source UI.

  • Download location

The SailfishOS image is built on Gitlab CI. The latest image can be installed using the flashing script.

The script downloads the image and bootloader from our CI, extracts everything and burns it onto the SD card.

Instructions:

  1. Download the flashing script
  2. Insert a microSD card in your device
  3. Make the script executable: chmod +x flash-it.sh
  4. Execute it: ./flash-it.sh
  5. Follow the instructions. Some commands in the script require root permissions (for example: mounting and flashing the SD card).

Note: The script will format and flash the SD card, make sure that you don't have any important data on the SD card!

  • user-id/password
  • What works, what does not work
  • Where/how to report defects

See the Sailfish wiki for links to their forum as well as info required when reporting an issue.

  • Contributions

See the SailfishOS wiki for options to contribute.

Maemo Leste

maemo_leste.png Maemo Leste continues the legacy of Maemo, developed by Nokia in collaboration with many open source projects, and is based on Devuan Ascii (Debian Stretch).

  • Download location

Maemo Leste test builds download awaited. Note dont-be-evil images will not work on Braveheart due to hardware differences.

  • user-id/password

root/toor

  • What works, what does not work
  • Where/how to report defects
  • Contributions

NixOS

nixos.png

  • Download location
  • user-id/password
  • What works, what does not work
  • Where/how to report defects

See Bugs section on this page.

  • Contributions

Details about contributions and donations are on the NixOS website.

LuneOS

luneos.jpg Based on WebOS by LG, comes with Luna Next desktop environment.

  • Download location

LuneOS test image for PinePhone Tofe recommends using bmaptool ; for example "bmaptool copy http://build.webos-ports.org/luneos-testing/images/pinephone/luneos-dev-image-pinephone-testing-0-15.rootfs.wic.gz /dev/mmcblk0"

  • user-id/password
  • What works, what does not work
  • Where/how to report defects
  • Contributions

Nemo Mobile

nemo_mobile.png Nemo Mobile is the open source build of Sailfish OS.

  • Download location

DD image for 8GB micoSD card /16GB eMMC module and above: Release build 0.3 direct download from pine64.org MD5 (XZ file): CA25F72A97CEE57C1479B90F445F4A4B size: 325MB

  • user-id/password
  • What works, what does not work
  • Where/how to report defects

For more info please visit neochapay's github page

  • Contributions


Other Resources

Community

Hardware information

  • PinePhone hardware details in this Pine64 wiki.
  • PinePhone_v1.1_-_Braveheart hardware details specific to the Braveheart handsets.
  • The postmarketOS wiki has a detailed page on the PinePhone hardware here, and the preceeding devkit here.

Other software information

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