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Old 11-08-2023, 05:20 AM   #1
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Question Pine64 PinePhone Pro Interest?


I purchased a PinePhone Pro earlier this year and it seems that the hardware support has improved exponentially in the kernel. I have Mobian (Debian for mobile) running with phosh (on top of wayland). I have the Explorer hardware variant and the keyboard add-on that includes a battery within it.

About 2 months ago, I was able to boot the phone into the Slackware Aarch64 installer over a serial console. Most of the drivers are included in the module loading scripts that are apart of Slackware already. At the moment I do not have plans to port support to Slackware. Right now it is a personal project that I will use for my own benefit. I am still working on a few things that I want to try and get done by the end of the year. It was quite difficult to integrate my HoneyComb Workstation and very time consuming.

Creating support for the PinePhone Pro will likely be much easier. It has a RK3399S SoC, which is similar to the RockPro64 RK3399 SoC. I am going to build KDE Mobile to maintain the theme of a full desktop environment similar to what Slackware ARM already provides. Building packages is not the issue. The biggest time sink is testing and bug hunting with just too eyeballs. Searching the forum I found brief interest for the PinePhone Pro.

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Do any of you Slackers own a PinePhone Pro?
Is there interest within the community to integrate support into Slackware ARM?
 
Old 11-14-2023, 09:14 PM   #2
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So far I have the phone booting Slackware to run level 4. WiFi, Bluetooth, eMMC, SPI flash work. The battery life is insanely good. Better than any other mobile distribution I've loaded on it. Of course, extensively patching the 6.1.y kernel, rebuilding the installer, and generating a SD image was necessary. The Slackware specific integrations are set after some testing: module loader, alternate kernel source script, and I can start the KDE Plasma 5 DE with the X server or Wayland. The touchscreen works and so do the buttons on the side for volume and power.

What I have not done yet: Enable the Modem and GPS with the hardware switch. The modem and gps drivers are patched in the kernel already. Build a KDE mobile desktop. Right now I can control the phone with the touch screen and the attachment keyboard (the one with the mega battery). It is proving a bit complicated to build the KDE mobile environment. I will likely wait until the relevant KDE Plasma 6 dependencies are upgraded and tested in Slackware64-current.

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