PinePhone



  • @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.



  • @GizmoChicken
    In my opinion PinePhone requires OTA-12, so everything should be targeted for end of february.
    So I suppose nothing will be left aside. I don't know if the order is important ... I think the deadline is the main focus and of course quality.



  • @AppLee
    i saw "Rob Braxman" live on youtube he talked about the pine phone and said to look on the bright side , if it doesnt work , youve got a raspberry computer with a screen on and .... or words to that effect.
    (he has one on order ) he is a cyber security guy



  • @AppLee said in PinePhone:

    In my opinion PinePhone requires OTA-12

    I think you are correct that the PinePhone requires much of OTA-12, including new Mir and new Unity8. And I certainly don't want any delay in those aspects of OTA-12. But to the extent that OTA-12 includes fixes that are specific to other platforms, if those fixes aren't already nearly complete, unless they are showstoppers, perhaps those fixes could be postponed for a later OTA.

    Also, although OTA-12 will bring new Mir and new Unity8, my understanding is that it won't include a full transition to Wayland.

    If the transition to Wayland can be done more efficiently on the PinePhone compared to other platforms, I suggest transitioning to full Wayland on the PinePhone first, and then later transitioning to full Wayland on older platforms. Same with systemd, which will be needed for rebasing from 16.04 to 20.04.



  • Just to bear in mind, a transition to systemd will render all old devices unusable (kernel < 3.10). I am not sure we want to really go this way soon, and not rather stick with upstart. We dont need system atm in order to run a full working phone.



  • @Flohack said in PinePhone:

    I am not sure we want to really [move to systemd] soon, and not rather stick with upstart. We dont need system atm in order to run a full working phone.

    I'm not advocating for moving to systemd merely for the sake of moving to systemd. Rather, I'm advocating for moving to systemd because rebasing from 16.04 to 20.04 requires moving to systemd. (If 20.04 didn't require a move to systemd, I'd say stick with upstart for as long as you like.)

    Also, just to be clear, I'm not suggesting that you should drop everything else and start migrating to systemd immediately. Certainly, transitioning to new Mir, transitioning to new Unity8, and transitioning to full Wayland, all should come first. But you need to start planning for the move to systemd soon, so that you can rebase to 20.04 (at least for the PinePhone) sometime early in 2020, hopefully by April or May.

    @Flohack said in PinePhone:

    transition to systemd will render all old devices unusable (kernel < 3.10)

    Understood. And that's a big part of why I feel that this sort of work (preparing for 20.04) should be started first (and hopefully soon) for the PinePhone, and then later, where possible, applied to builds for older platforms. That is, because a transition to systemd (and rebasing on 20.04) could be done more efficiently on the PinePhone compared to other platforms, start with the PinePhone.

    Although Ubuntu 16.04 may technically have a year of support left, at nearly four years old, 16.04 is showing its age. You skipped 18.04. Those buying a shiny new PinePhone will want a shiny new release (or at least not an ancient release) on it. (And you won't need to backport so much to a newer release.) Given that moving to 20.04 (including the requisite step of moving from upstart to systemd) will take a fair bit of work and time, better to start sooner than later.

    If you're going to let the limitations of your old hardware restrict the pace of PinePhone development, you'll get left behind.

    As I wrote before, if disappointed with UT on first impression, potential users on the PinePhone may become forever lost to one of the competing alternatives, or perhaps forgo the PinePhone altogether.

    So, I'll repeat what I originally posted, but with one small edit: I hope that, once OTA-12 has been released, 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.



  • @Flohack Indeed, I think that it is still a little early to "sacrifice" all the precursor phones that support UT well at the cost of evolution in all directions !!



  • @Flohack
    Sadly some data gaps in this table:
    http://docs.halium.org/en/latest/supplementary/devices/index.html
    But it doesn't look too bad for Kernel 3.10+ support in my eyes.

    On the end UT doesn't seem to have the stated goal of Postmarket OS to maintain 10 year old devices.



  • @domubpkm said in PinePhone:

    Indeed, I think that it is still a little early to "sacrifice" all the precursor phones that support UT well at the cost of evolution in all directions !!

    Just to clarify, I'm not suggesting that any phones be sacrificed. To the contrary, I hope that all currently supported phones (even those with kernel < 3.10) receive the enhancements currently slated for OTA-12, including new Mir and new Unity8.

    However, we need to acknowledge that 16.04 is nearing EOL, and that UBports will, inevitably, need to rebase to something newer, probably Ubuntu 20.04. And, because rebasing to 20.04 necessitates transitioning to systemd, at least some old devices won't support the upgrade, whenever that happens.

    What should happen to those old devices that can't support Ubuntu 20.04 after the inevitable rebasing? I don't know. Perhaps that should be discussed in another thread.

    But regarding newer devices, we've been whining for years about the lack of phones that can run mainline Linux. Now we've got one: the PinePhone, which is the topic of this thread. But without a modern and polished OS to install on it, there will be no demand for the PinePhone, and production will likely end. I don't want that to happen.

    UBports will only have one chance to make a first impression with potential users of the PinePhone. If UBports makes a bad first impression on the PinePhone, UBports (and the PinePhone) will have missed a huge opportunity. Again, I don't want that to happen.

    While I feel that UBports should aim to upgrade all newer phones to Ubuntu 20.04 to as soon as feasible, I'm not proposing that here.

    With regard to the PinePhone, I propose that UBports should release, no later than May of 2020, a UT build for the PinePhone that runs upstream Mir 1.6+ using full Wayland on an Ubuntu 20.04 base.



  • @GizmoChicken said in PinePhone:

    However, we need to acknowledge that 16.04 is nearing EOL, and that UBports will, inevitably, need to rebase to something newer, probably Ubuntu 20.04. And, because rebasing to 20.04 necessitates transitioning to systemd, at least some old devices won't support the upgrade, whenever that happens.

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  • @GizmoChicken sounds good, so what are you doing to make that happen? :p

    IMHO for now a well working OTA12 with 16.04 base is good enough for what you are asking for on the PinePhone, but I agree the switch to 20.04 should probably be priority after that.



  • @ernest Thanks for providing a chart that emphases that, except for "extended security maintenance for customers" (which doesn't apply to UBports users), 16.04 is indeed nearing EOL.

    @poVoq said in PinePhone:

    sounds good, so what are you doing to make that happen?

    Rallying the troops and breaking down resistance among the old guard. 🙂

    IMHO for now a well working OTA12 with 16.04 base is good enough for what you are asking for on the PinePhone, but I agree the switch to 20.04 should probably be priority after that.

    I'm proposing that UBports set a goal to deliver 20.04 to the PinePhone by sometime in May of 2020, which is almost five months from now. But sure, 16.04 will be fine on the PinePhone until then, and maybe even for a while after, if UBports can't make that goal.



  • Too little time right now to add the details to the OP (will update sometime later), but I highly recommend that anyone who has yet to see it read @PINE64 's December Update. Some very good news for fans of physical keyboards among other updates.



  • @GizmoChicken I'm pretty sure that timeline will be really hard to meet with the current workforce of UBports even if we decide to do it now. I'd love that as well but we have to be realistic though. Best case that I can think possible is having the new Mir/Unity8 and perhaps wayland. Rebasing to 20.04 would be a huge task to do.

    And somehow, I don't agree that there's a rush in the development just to make a good first impression to future PinePhone users. I mean as far as I know, there's no OS yet that's fully functional on the PinePhone and I think UBports already has the advantage at the moment. From the current state of UBports on PInePhone, I'd say it would already give a good first impression 🙂

    Lastly, not to be negative, but I predict that most future PinePhone users are looking for a linux-experience that are similar to desktops which UBports won't give them by default and that might be a bad first impression already that we can't do much about 😃 But of course, i still believe UT is a great OS that many will still learn to love 😃



  • @kugiigi said in PinePhone:

    I'm pretty sure that timeline will be really hard to meet with the current workforce of UBports even if we decide to do it now. I'd love that as well but we have to be realistic though. Best case that I can think possible is having the new Mir/Unity8 and perhaps wayland. Rebasing to 20.04 would be a huge task to do.

    You'd probably know better than I would. But please do keep in mind I'm not suggesting that phones requiring hybris be upgraded to 20.04 by about May of 2020. Rather, my suggestion is restricted to the PinePhone, which is much more like upgrading a release for a traditional desktop device. So I'm not ready to give up on my suggestion just yet. 🙂

    @kugiigi said in PinePhone:

    And somehow, I don't agree that there's a rush in the development just to make a good first impression to future PinePhone users. I mean as far as I know, there's no OS yet that's fully functional on the PinePhone and I think UBports already has the advantage at the moment.

    It's a bit late here, and so I'll provide a more complete response another time. But in the meantime, please consider the reaction of a potential user who's told that the OS he/she is about to install on his/her shiny new Linux phone is based a four year old release. Sure, you can justify sticking with 16.04 from a technical standpoint. But it's very difficult to market that justification to those who want the latest and greatest. Also, I think you'd agree that most devs would much prefer to develop on a newer platform. Here too, perhaps you can justify developing on a four year old release, but it's a tough sell.

    @kugiigi said in PinePhone:

    Lastly, not to be negative, but I predict that most future PinePhone users are looking for a linux-experience that are similar to desktops which UBports won't give them by default and that might be a bad first impression already that we can't do much about But of course, i still believe UT is a great OS that many will still learn to love.

    Actually, I think that UT has the capability to provide a Linux experience (through convergence) that even the most hardened Linux desktop user would welcome. But as mentioned before, an OS based on a four year old release will be, well, a bit off-putting to many such potential users.

    Again, I know that sticking to 16.04 can be justified from a technical standpoint. But really, 16.04 is nearing EOL and upgrading is inevitable. Maybe I'm wrong, but I suspect that upgrading from 16.04 to 20.04 will be easier on the PinePhone than on any other device. If so, I hope that UBports will start the upgrade process for the PinePhone sooner rather than later, and certainly before starting the process for those devices requiring hybris.



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    This is a link to a guy putting a 1tb card in his Nintendo
    I see the pinephone will take up to 2tb.
    Who is brave enough to try ,they are not cheap.

    This is a bit ,tongue in cheek .
    To keep you occupied ,while you wait for your device



  • @GizmoChicken I share your dream of having version 20.04 on the Pinephone, that would be very exciting for the one who has a phone with Linux and without android. However, you have to be realistic, if there were more people donating to Ubports we would have more developers on the team.

    I think it is better to have a Pinephone with a good software in 16.04 in which the phone and its applications work well, than a bad software in 20.04, with malfunctions, crashes or restarts. Furthermore, keep in mind that every app has to be updated.

    Haste always brings problems.

    When people buy a new phone they don't want problems, they want a software that is stable and works perfectly.

    I opt for stability...

    greetings...



  • Don't forget the original timeline of devices with OS ready for order in March next year. That's not only in our case UT being stable and working but all associated tooling, manufacturing processes etc. from everyone else involved as well. That's not many weeks away with seasons holidays and new year to factor in. I can't see any manufacturer waiting on one part of the process running late due to over stretching themselves and delivering late. It would be us missing out on the product launch, Which would still go ahead. Build on a good solid base. Updates will always follow.



  • @Josele13 said in PinePhone:

    if there were more people donating to Ubports we would have more developers on the team.

    That's true. But many ubports fans expect only one thing: the foundation's IBAN to be able to help by direct transfer !


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