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First Impressions of the Pinephone

2020-09-17

Okay, so my first impressions of the pinephone postmarketos CE are negative, but I am not giving up yet.

I messed with the UI on the OS installed on the phone’s internal eMMC flash, attempting to get plasma working, but it didn’t cause LightDM to fully load plasma, and instead I have some bizarre mixture of phosh and plasma on the phone.

Cell data now no longer seems to work with the OS on the eMMC, so I am going to start a somewhat more systematic and arduous process of flashing a multiboot image onto an SD card and trying out as many of the different pinephone operating systems as possible.

One of the major issues with many of the software distributions for the pinephone is how power hungry they all are. The battery will frequently overheat and cause the last 10% of battery charge to amount to something like 30 seconds of remaining system time.

I think like all my FOSS explorations, a lot of patience and trial and error will lead to some food results.

One thing that caught me by surprise is how much more active the Mobian (mobile Debian) project is on the Pine64 forums than postmarketos! I am keen to have a look at Mobian, but, I think the only distribution that can currently make calls and SMSs is postmarketos right now. If only I hadn’t messed around with the guts of the OS on the phone’s internet storage and fucked the cell data connection.

In other news, I really enjoyed how glossy all the different distributions look. The professionalism of, as well as the courage to be experimental by the different user interfaces is really, really promising.

I think when it comes to the pinephone, the hardware is sorted, I think, but we’re still waiting for a critical jump in software features and stability. But that will come, I think.

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