Hey everyone! Thanks for checking out my guide / review of Installing Mobian on the Pinephone!
The process we’re going to follow is going to be pretty much the same as we did to try out Manjaro Phosh beta 10 ( https://fossingularity.com/2021/05/31/installing-manjaro-phosh-beta-10-on-the-pinephone/ ).
An SD card
A USB C cord
A copy of Jumpdrive –
A copy of Etcher (You can also do this via DD in the terminal if you’d like) –
The latest version of Mobian –
The default password is 1234
What works, what doesn’t, and Mobians default apps
Location services work
Megapixels is still on an older release from what I can tell
Default Terminal – kgx (King’s Cross) touch scrolling works
Default Music Player – Lollypop
Default ‘App Store’ – Software
Default Web Browser – Firefox ESR, Web
Flashlight – Has a torch app that works, pull-down menu icon not working
Default Photo viewer – Image Viewer
Notable Pre-installed Applications – Weather
What works, what doesn’t
Bluetooth – buggy, but worked
Calling – incoming calls show up immediately, locked or unlocked, mildly static-y
Outgoing calls work, also static-y
Texting – receiving -works
-sending – works
MMS – not implemented yet
Web data -buggy and unstable.
Display Rotation – Works
Proper default display scaling – No. Not for many applications.
Installing Software from Software ‘center’ – Pages are slow to load, but do load. Installation did not show the application had finished installing, and no icon appeared. Only ‘launch’ or ‘remove’ options after I clicked ‘Cancel’. Still no App icon after restarting. The second attempt worked a lot better, I told the phone to install the same program as before and left it alone for about twenty minutes. Twenty minutes later and the ‘Documents’ app has installed the Libre Office suite on the phone along with a ‘Documents’ app. So, a success I suppose.
Re-scaling with gsettings – Successful.
WiFi File transfer via Warpinator – Successful
Installing Flatpak – Successful
sudo apt install flatpak
sudo apt install gnome-software-plugin-flatpak
flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
and the Snap Store
sudo apt update
sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install core
(Setting up core took about two minutes.)
sudo snap install snap-store
Installing a manually compiled arm64 AppImage – Failed. Error while loading shared libraries: libz.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file of directory.
That’s it for now!
That concludes the testing I did on Mobian, I found it to be okay to use. I’d like to see Mobian adopt some more recent versions of software into their image, and work on implementing autocorrect and adaptive input as options for their keyboard. What did you all think? what Pinephone distro’s currently your go-to? Do you use your Pinephone as a daily driver yet? let me know!