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Move "any ARM64 distribution" to its own chapter. And after 'normal' releases to avoid confusing noobs!
(Move "any ARM64 distribution" to its own chapter. And after 'normal' releases to avoid confusing noobs!)
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SD card: It is generally not possible to boot from eMMC to partition the unmounted SD card, because of the boot order -- you would have to write the image to the empty SD card first, then resize partition, all without rebooting. It is also '''not recommended''' to resize the SD card while booted from SD card! Resizing a currently mounted partition can have weird results.
SD card: It is generally not possible to boot from eMMC to partition the unmounted SD card, because of the boot order -- you would have to write the image to the empty SD card first, then resize partition, all without rebooting. It is also '''not recommended''' to resize the SD card while booted from SD card! Resizing a currently mounted partition can have weird results.
== Installing Any ARM64 Distribution ==
'''Warning:''' Distributions not on this page may not even boot after you follow this section. In the best case, they will be barely usable. This is more for fun, or if you would like to port a new distro to the PinePhone.
'''Note:''' This section uses megi's kernel releases, and not the official ones from PINE64. While it is possible to use the official (and in the future, mainline) kernel, megi provides binary releases, which makes it very easy.
If you would like to see specific commands for how to complete these steps, see https://github.com/nikhiljha/pp-fedora-sdsetup (an example for Fedora) or https://xnux.eu/howtos/install-arch-linux-arm.html (an example for Arch Linux).
# Create a boot (from 4MiB to about 252MiB) and root (from 252 MiB to the end of the card) filesystem on the SD card.
# Format the boot partition with vfat, and the root partition with f2fs.
# Extract the root filesystem from your distro's ARM image into the root filesystem on the sd card. Do not copy the partition, copy the files (in archive mode: like rsync -ar).
# Edit /etc/fstab to match your partitions.
# Grab megi's kernel from https://xff.cz/kernels/ (you probably want 5.6).
# Follow the README instructions, which involves copying the kernel modules into the sd card rootfs and writing u-boot and the bootloader.


== Backlight ==
== Backlight ==
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While I didn't find a download link yet, I did find this image on the March community update from Pine64 of an Android 10 rom running on the Pinephone by [https://github.com/Icenowy Moe Icenowy]. This image is absolutely bare-bones (no applications yet) and comments on IRC indicated it was a theoretical test only, rather than a step towards a release.
While I didn't find a download link yet, I did find this image on the March community update from Pine64 of an Android 10 rom running on the Pinephone by [https://github.com/Icenowy Moe Icenowy]. This image is absolutely bare-bones (no applications yet) and comments on IRC indicated it was a theoretical test only, rather than a step towards a release.
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= Installing Any ARM64 Distribution =
'''Warning:''' Distributions not on this page may not even boot after you follow this section. In the best case, they will be barely usable. This is more for fun, or if you would like to port a new distro to the PinePhone.
'''Note:''' This section uses megi's kernel releases, and not the official ones from PINE64. While it is possible to use the official (and in the future, mainline) kernel, megi provides binary releases, which makes it very easy.
If you would like to see specific commands for how to complete these steps, see https://github.com/nikhiljha/pp-fedora-sdsetup (an example for Fedora) or https://xnux.eu/howtos/install-arch-linux-arm.html (an example for Arch Linux).
# Create a boot (from 4MiB to about 252MiB) and root (from 252 MiB to the end of the card) filesystem on the SD card.
# Format the boot partition with vfat, and the root partition with f2fs.
# Extract the root filesystem from your distro's ARM image into the root filesystem on the sd card. Do not copy the partition, copy the files (in archive mode: like rsync -ar).
# Edit /etc/fstab to match your partitions.
# Grab megi's kernel from https://xff.cz/kernels/ (you probably want 5.6).
# Follow the README instructions, which involves copying the kernel modules into the sd card rootfs and writing u-boot and the bootloader.


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