PinePhone



  • I saw a comment on Reddit, someone saying ,braveheart shipping beginning of January , about the third week of January for deliverys.... Phew
    Hope it's sooner than that.



  • A quick phone call with @mariogrip 🙂



  • @Fla Think most 'general' - no OS specific - contributions go here
    @Marathon2422 Thats about right, Brave Heart units will likely start shipping beginning of January.



  • @PINE64 said in PinePhone:

    @Fla Think most 'general' - no OS specific - contributions go here

    Thanks, there is indeed the PinePhone kernel sources there. However, my question is more about how far are we to see the PinePhone supported in the vanilla Linux kernel? Are there many patches in the kernel above that aren't in Linux (yet)? Who's leading the effort to see them integrated? (Pine64, or the community members...) Are there patches which will probably be refused for whatever reason leading to a situation where the custom kernel will ever be needed? Are there blobs which cannot be integrated at all? Etc... I'd love to read about that somewhere. No hurry of course, it's more important to get the phone working first, but detailed blog posts on that topic would probably bring a lot of interest to the project.



  • @PINE64 said in PinePhone:

    A quick phone call with @mariogrip 🙂

    👏 👏 👏 📱 ♥



  • I think Pine64 is right on target here. The price is low to focus on getting a device quickly to the public for exposure and to get development/interest started. This is exactly what they should be focused on unlike the other company that has better specs, but the price is insane and they still have yet to ship a unit.

    I also like the idea of being able to keep the frame of the phone and bring able to swap out the main board out with a better/newer one in the future. This itself is a great feature because accessories like a keyboard case and screen protectors can be retained. Also, with the cameras bring modular there could be an option to use camera combinations the user wants, being that the soc can support the cam.

    Having a screen resolution of 720p is also smart because personally anything larger on a small screen is pointless and wastes battery power. If you need something bigger, plug in a monitor. I think they are on to something here.





  • this is from pine64 forum 7 hrs previous ~ note its the dev version

    Just received my dev pinephone. Pretty nice hardware from my point of view. Software is far to be usable. Tested it with postmarketOS and UBports. Camera, calling etc etc are not supported now. PostmarketOS gets "screen of death" very fast. UBports is a little bit more usable but there is a bug with onscreen keyboard that does not appear after several screen locks. Will test it with different desktop oses (debian, kali etc) until situation will change.



  • @Marathon2422 said in PinePhone:

    PostmarketOS gets "screen of death" very fast. UBports is a little bit more usable but there is a bug with onscreen keyboard that does not appear after several screen locks. Will test it with different desktop oses (debian, kali etc) until situation will change.

    Given that there will soon an influx of PinePhone users who want to run UT on their shiny new Linux phones, I hope that UBports will focus like a laser on PinePhone development for the next few months, even if that means other priorities are delayed for a short time. Otherwise, if disappointed with UT on first impression, the potential users may become forever lost to one of the competing alternatives.



  • sigh the camera works, as does the modem. They just have to be enabled via cli. This is for a purpose ...

    [edit] @Marathon2422 link to the thread please.



  • @GizmoChicken said in PinePhone:

    Given that there will soon an influx of PinePhone users who want to run UT on their shiny new Linux phones, I hope that UBports will focus like a laser on PinePhone development for the next few months, even if that means other priorities are delayed for a short time.

    I tend to agree, but I'm not sure how many resources they can dedicate to porting on a specific device. The UBports team is small, and they still need to work on the core OS.

    As a user very interested in the Pinephone, and not able to contribute in development, I wonder what we can do to help make sure UT is ported to the Pinephone in time for the planned March release? From what I could gather, UT may have a head start over postmarketOS. Would contributing financially help so that at least one dev can work on it full time?

    I've also been wondering if I should go for a Brave Heart edition. I guess with enough pointers I'd be able to install UT on it, but would a simple user's feedback really help, for example with testing and bug reporting?



  • @normandc Here's how to install care of Dalton if you need it

    UniSuperBox 5 Nov 2019, 18:35
    Download the rootfs image from
    https://ci.ubports.com/job/rootfs/job/rootfs-pinephone/
    1 Extract and write the image to an SD card
    2 Plug SD card into phone
    3 Boot phone

    That should do it. 🙂



  • @Lakotaubp
    Thanks, but it's a bit premature, isn't it? I don't have a Pinephone, and I specifically mentioned that I am unsure if ordering a Brave Heart would be useful as I'm only an end user.



  • @normandc You can keep it safe and it shows how easy it is to get installed. Plus it might help others I suppose



  • @Marathon2422
    I saw a video on Mastodon of Marius making a call on a UT flashed pinephone recently...
    https://soundcloud.com/user-274028038/first-pinephone-call



  • @GizmoChicken In my opinion, it's fine giving time to PinePhone but there should be no rush. I think getting OTA-12 released is more important at the moment so we get the new Unity 8 and mir in stable. I believe UT is still ahead in terms of usability anyway.



  • I think the commercial version of the pinephone (March 2020 if all goes well) and OTA-12 are linked. But indeed, in order of priority, OTA-12 is in my opinion the priority because the pinephone will not be released on the market without a stable and functional version of UT.



  • If I'm not mistaken, PinePhone port started on Edge channel so the current dev branch.
    So yes OTA-12 is linked to PinePhone by extension...

    @normandc I think a end-user can help test the dev channel than later the rc channel on the PinePhone. It will help the developers focus on the issues specific or not found on the PinePhone.

    I'm a developer but not ready to jump on OS development, so I ordered the Pinephone to help testing and reporting bugs.
    And if I feel I can dive into one or two issues, I will try to fix it.
    That is probably a good 1st step.



  • @kugiigi
    it should not matter until after jan , by the time "Braveheart" gets played with for a week or 2, then ,when the ones come out with an OS in them . Marius will have it all fixed by then



  • @AppLee said in PinePhone:

    If I'm not mistaken, PinePhone port started on Edge channel so the current dev branch.
    So yes OTA-12 is linked to PinePhone by extension...

    Yep, that's pretty much what I had in mind when I wrote that "I hope that UBports will focus like a laser on PinePhone development for the next few months."

    That is, to the extent that developing OTA-12 and the PinePhone build are intertwined (such as new Mir and new Unity8), work on OTA-12 and the PinePhone build together. But regarding those aspects of OTA-12 that aren't intertwined with PinePhone development, perhaps those aspects could delayed for a later OTA, after the PinePhone build is ready.


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