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See [[PinePhone Installation Instructions]] on how to install the operating systems. However, if your phone came preloaded with software, Please see [[PinePhone Updating Instructions]]
{{Hint| Note: Some releases may not have a good setup for the backlight at low brightness. If configured too low the backlight shuts down completely, but the screen is still displayed and usable in bright front-light.}}
= Software Releases =
== Arch Linux ARM ==
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(Unofficial) Arch Linux ARM with choice of Phosh UI or barebones, currently being maintained by the [ DanctNIX] community (GitHub [ 1] [ 2]).
'''Download location'''
Check the [ download page] for that lastest verisonlatest version, or the [ image file list] for all versions, look for the file name that starts with "pinephone".
== Fedora ==
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An (unofficial) vanilla Fedora rawhide build for aarch64 with megi's kernel and [ some additional packages] to tie it all together. It aims to eventually be an upstream part of the Fedora project, rather than a phone-specific distribution.
'''How to contribute and report defects'''
Please send your bug reports at to [ the project's issue tracker]. Be sure to include logs if applicable! Send us merge requests on [ Github].
== Gentoo ==
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There are unofficial Gentoo overlays with ebuilds for the PinePhone. There are no images - you'll be building it yourself, picking which kernel, bootloader and desktop environment you want to use.
[ LuneOS test image for PinePhone]
Tofe recommends using bmaptool, which is way faster than dd, and can decompresses compressed decompress images on-the-fly.
Syntax is:
<code>bmaptool copy [from] [to]</code>
For example:
<code>bmaptool copy /dev/mmcblk0</code>
.wic file can be treated as .img file when flashing. You may rename .wic file to .img when using GUI tools that require .img files.
== Maemo Leste ==
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[ Maemo] is a trimmed-down version of Debian for mobile devices, originally a collaboration between Nokia and many open source projects (the [ Maemo community]) before Nokia abandoned it. The community now takes full responsibility in developing fully open source Maemo for a variety of mobile devices.
'''How to contribute and report defects'''
Most discussion occurs at <i>#maemo-leste</i> on <i></i>. The Maemo website also has an [ ongoing forum thread] for feedback about Maemo Leste on the PinePhone Braveheart edition.
All other contact information is listed on the [ main page] of the Maemo wiki. You should [ submit bug reports] on github. To track known issues, you may use these search terms: [ pinephone], [ pine64]. Learn about [ development], [ porting packages], [ building packages], [ todo list], and general info on [ how to package for Debian]. Some tasks have funding available.
== Manjaro ARM ==
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Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system with the Plasma Mobile desktop environment.
'''What works, what does not work'''
{{Hint| Note: The Phosh image the boot will load at a TTY login prompt for multiple minutes at the first boot.}}
See Manjaro's release announcements on their forum.
== Mobian ==
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An unofficial Debian build for ARM64 running with the Phosh user interface (developed by Purism, Phosh uses Wayland instead of Xorg). The base system is pure Debian, with only the GUI applications and a few others (ModemManager, WiFi chip firmware) being built from modified sources (as well as the kernel and u-boot). Current version is Debian Bullseye.
== Nemo Mobile ==
Nemo Mobile is the open source build of Sailfish OS with a open source UI called [ Glacier] ([ Mer Wiki]), now [ based on MarnjaroManjaro]. See their website [ Nemo Mobile UX team] and [ Mer Wiki page].
You can either install Nemo on any device that already runs Sailfish, or flash a prebuilt image to SD card/emmc on the PinePhone to install.
{{Hint| Note: See their website for the newest release and installation guides.}}
Prebulit Prebuilt images:
First devel image for Manjaro (April 1, 2021):
Enable developer mode. In the terminal, run as root (`devel-su`):
<code>ssu ar nemo-devel-ux</code>
<code>pkcon refresh</code>
then install the nemo-specific Glacier packages:
<code>pkcon install lipstick-glacier-home-qt5</code>
If necessary, reboot.
== openSUSE ==
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Our images use the same [ openSUSE Tumbleweed] base as our desktop images, except what needs to be changed for the PinePhone. The images include <i>zypper</i> (RPM) as the default package manager and have access to virtually the same (open source) software as our desktop repositories, thanks to the [ Factory] ports. Using [ dnf] is possible, if preferred.
== postmarketOS ==
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postmarketOS extends [ Alpine Linux] to run on smartphones and other mobile devices.
== PureOS ==
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{{Warning|This project is no longer under development and has been abandoned.}}
== Sailfish OS ==
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[ Sailfish OS] is a Linux-based operating system based on open source projects such as [ Mer], and a closed source UI based on [ Lipstick].
== SkiffOS ==
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Minimal in-memory cross-compiled OS optimized for hosting multiple in parallel Docker containers.
== Ubuntu Touch ==
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A Mobile Version of the Ubuntu Operating System made and maintained by the UBports Community.
Download the build, extract the image and dd it to the microSD and then insert it into the phone. Power up the PinePhone, perform and complete the test routine, then apply the build from microSD card to eMMC.
dd the image on a 8 GB micoSD microSD card or larger.
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