Pinebook Pro Software Release

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OS Image Releases

For information on how to install these images onto your device, please see the NOOB Page, which includes information on writing images to the device eMMC or an SD card.

If Manjaro is installed on the eMMC you may experience issues booting different installations from SD card. List of known affected distros and workaround.

elementary OS

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elementary OS 6 [microSD/eMMC boot]

  • Full version of elementary OS optimized for Pinebook Pro
  • Experimental “Early Access” build of elementary OS 6 (which has not been released as stable)
    • Size: ~1.2 GB (varies since images are built daily)
  • Polished first-run setup which helps you create a user before logging in
  • Downloading, installation, etc. details at the elementary OS Wiki

Arch Linux

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Arch Linux ARM install image [microSD/USB Boot]

  • archiso image customized for Arch Linux ARM on the Pinebook Pro
  • DD image (for 1GB or larger microSD card/USB stick):
  • Automatic login as root
  • Make sure to thoroughly read the readme and FAQ, otherwise follow the normal Arch installation guide.

CentOS 8

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CentOS 8 Server with GUI install image [microSD/USB Boot]


Debian Desktop

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Debian Desktop Community Build Image [microSD to eMMC] by mrfixit2001

  • This was previously the default operating system for the Pinebook Pro
  • Includes desktop, Firefox browser, and LibreOffice
  • DD image (for 8GB microSD card / 16GB eMMC module and above):
  • Login with
    • username: rock
    • password: rock

Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa MATE / GNOME

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Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa MATE and GNOME Community Builds [microSD/ eMMC Boot] by ayufan

Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver LXDE

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Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver LXDE Community Build Image by ayufan [microSD and eMMC Boot]

  • Included LXDE Desktop, Firefox Browser, and LibreOffice Suite
  • DD image (for 8GB microSD card /16GB eMMC module and above):
  • Login with
    • username: rock64
    • password: rock64

Bionic Mate

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Bionic Mate Community Build Image [microSD Boot] by ayufan

  • Included Mate Desktop, Firefox Browser, and LibreOffice Suite
  • DD image (for 8GB microSD card / 16GB eMMC module and above):
  • Login with
    • username: rock64
    • password: rock64

Manjaro ARM

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  • The Manjaro project offers a mainline kernel with patches and modules to support PBPro hardware in two flavors. Both provide DD images and installer images (DD to SD card which will then install to eMMC when booted).
  • To learn more about Manjaro please visit Manjaro Forum

Manjaro ARM with KDE (Plasma) desktop [microSD / eMMC Boot]

Manjaro ARM with GTK (XFCE) desktop [microSD / eMMC Boot]

Manjaro ARM with i3 tiling window manager [microSD / eMMC Boot]

Manjaro ARM with Sway tiling window manager [microSD / eMMC Boot]

Manjaro ARM installer

The manjaro-arm-installer script is intended to install Manjaro ARM directly to SD/eMMC cards without the need for images (including LXQT, Mate & CuboCore editions, as well as full disk encryption). Running on a Linux x86 computer, it can install Manjaro ARM directly to an empty eMMC using an eMMC to USB adapter. The script can also be run from SD to install an image to the eMMC.

Kali Linux

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Kali Linux prebuilt OS images for Pinebook Pro [SD/eMMC boot]

postmarketOS

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Official postmarketOS build [microSD/ eMMC Boot]

  • Official postmarketOS build with the GNOME desktop for the Pinebook Pro.
  • DD image (for 8GB microSD card /16GB eMMC module and above):
  • Login with
    • username: demo
    • password: demo OR 147147

Q4OS

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Q4OS Test Build Image [microSD / eMMC Boot]


OpenSUSE

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OpenSUSE XFCE OS Image [microSD / eMMC Boot]

OpenSUSE GNOME 3 OS Image [microSD / eMMC Boot]

Fedora

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Fedora GNOME3 OS Image [microSD / eMMC Boot]

Fedora 32 Workstation OS Image [microSD / eMMC Boot]

  • This image contains an install of Fedora with GNOME3 desktop environment.
  • To learn more about Fedora please visit the official website.
  • DD image (for 12GB microSD card / eMMC module and above)
  • login with:
    • username: root
    • password: fedora

Fedora 32 Cinnamon Desktop OS Image [microSD / eMMC Boot]

  • This image contains an install of Fedora with GNOME3 desktop environment.
  • To learn more about Fedora please visit the official website.
  • DD image (for 12GB microSD card / eMMC module and above)
  • login with:
    • username: root
    • password: fedora

Fedora 32 KDE Desktop OS Image [microSD / eMMC Boot]

  • This image contains an install of Fedora with GNOME3 desktop environment.
  • To learn more about Fedora please visit the official website.
  • DD image (for 12GB microSD card / eMMC module and above)
  • login with:
    • username: root
    • password: fedora

Fedora 32 Xfce Desktop OS Image [microSD / eMMC Boot]

  • This image contains an install of Fedora with GNOME3 desktop environment.
  • To learn more about Fedora please visit the official website.
  • DD image (for 12GB microSD card / eMMC module and above)
  • login with:
    • username: root
    • password: fedora

Armbian

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Armbian [microSD / eMMC Boot]

NetBSD

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NetBSD [microSD /eMMC Boot]

  • To learn more about NetBSD please visit NetBSD main page
  • DD image to microSD card or eMMC module. Highly recommend using Etcher
  • Console and SSH default login:
    • username: root
    • password: [none]
  • Instructions concerning enabling SSH can be found here

OpenBSD

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OpenBSD

Chromium

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Chromium Community Build Image by ayufan [microSD and eMMC Boot]

Recalbox

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Recalbox for Pinebook Pro [SD/eMMC boot]

  • Recalbox is a retrogaming Linux distribution allowing for emulation of all classic videogame systems.
  • DD image (for 8GB microSD card /16GB eMMC module and above):
  • SSH Login
    • username: root
    • password: recalboxroot

Android Image Releases

Android 7.1 microSD

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Stock Android for DD method [micro SD Boot] [20190918]

  • Production floor testing image
  • Use 'dd' to write the image to the microSD card and boot. Using Etcher or another specialized SD writing tool is preferred.
  • Please allow 3-5 minutes boot up time on first time for initialization
  • DD image for 8GB microSD card
  • DD image for 16GB microSD card
  • DD image for 32GB microSD card
  • DD image for 64GB microSD card

Stock for RK Flash tool [SD Boot] [20190427]

Android 7.1 eMMC

Stock Android for DD method [eMMC Boot] [20190807]

  • Production floor testing image
  • Please allows some time (around 5 minutes) for the initialization process on 1st boot
  • DD image for 64GB eMMC Module
  • DD image for 128GB eMMC Module

Stock for RK Flash tool [eMMC Boot] [20190807]

Linux Installer Releases

Debian Installer

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Daniel Thompson's Debian Installer for the Pinebook Pro

  • This is an image creator and Debian installer that runs from an existing Linux OS and installs Debian Bullseye
    • Installer can configure an encrypted rootfs and provides a choice of desktops, including the default Debian desktop based on Gnome 3
    • Strict adoption of upstream Debian packages (with exception of kernel and bootloaders) in order to provide a clean upgrade path as Bullseye matures
  • Download at: https://github.com/daniel-thompson/pinebook-pro-debian-installer/
  • Pull requests welcome but for discussion and support please use the forum topic.

For more information, see the Pinebook_Pro_Debian_Installer wiki page

Official Debian Installer Images

  • Uses only the upstream kernel and firmware without special patches
  • No graphical display yet, works only through serial console
  • Requires adding the non-free component to your /etc/apt/sources.list file and installing the "firmware-linux" package for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support
  • Installer is loaded into RAM, can install onto the same media from which it’s booted
  • Supports automatic partitioning and full disk encryption through LVM
  • Installer currently doesn't install the bootloader, leaving the installed system in an unbootable state until it's manually added

The relevant files are built daily here and may sometimes be unavailable if the build system is having issues. The "README.concatenateable_images" file provides instructions on how to combine the partition.img.gz file with the firmware.pinebook-pro.rk3399.img.gz file in order to create a DD-able image.

The official images are not recommended yet until the display begins working and the installer properly installs the bootloader. Most users will want to see Daniel Thompson's Debian Installer instead.

Gentoo Script

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Gentoo Script for Pinebook Pro

  • This is a script that prepares a Gentoo arm64 stage 3 tarball for the Pinebook Pro
    • The script takes care of device specifics like an optimized make.conf, an overlay that provides kernel and firmware amongst others, and other miscellaneous fixes
  • The usual tarball setup as per Gentoo Handbook is left to the user.
  • Forum thread with instructions at https://forum.pine64.org/showthread.php?tid=8765

Kali Script

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Kali Linux for Pinebook Pro