Manjaro ARM Alpha2 with Phosh (PineTab)

Manjaro ARM Alpha2 of Phosh for PineTab!

The Manjaro ARM project is proud to announce our second ALPHA release for the PineTab running Phosh with lot of changes!

This image is running the 5.8 mainline kernel, with patches to enable bluetooth.


  • Auto-Rotate function (deactivated by default)
  • Welcome wizard for easy setup of the device
  • Recording of audio works
  • Most applications got added to scale-to-fit
  • Haptic feedback functions added
  • Optimized keyboard layout for terminal
  • Geary Mail-Client in mobile version added
  • Maps with working GPS
  • Sensors fully functional
  • Easy access to Bluetooth, Wlan, Rotate and Mobile functions via quick settings
  • Default branch is arm-unstable. This can be changed by editing /etc/pacman-mirrors.conf.
  • This image uses a Crust enabled uboot.

Currently broken:

  • Camera worked during development cycle, currently gnome-camera doesn't start
  • Audio was working previously, but is currently not

Known issues

  • gnome-usage only works as root user. Open a terminal, switch to root and start it
  • rotation in landscape might hinder to unlock the device when locked too fast
  • UI becomes unresponsive after a while.
  • Lots of apps are still missing or is not mobile friendly yet.


Device Phosh
PineTab Alpha2

About the device:
The PINETAB is similar in both form, function and underlying ARM64 architecture to the original 11.6″ PINEBOOK. It is powered by the same Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit Processor used in our popular PINE A64 Single Board Computer. The optional keyboard and trackpad – which doubles-up as a screen cover – effectively converts the PineTab into a petite on-the-go laptop with a touch screen functionality. It runs numerous mainline Linux distributions as well as *BSDs and Android.

As a new open source platform, the PineTab development is an ongoing process and represents a great opportunity to get involved with computing on a different level, to customise and personalise the portable computer experience, to understand what is going on beneath the surface.

How to install:

Download the image/xz file from the download location. Verify that the download completed successfully.

After that, install Etcher (sudo pacman -S etcher if on Manjaro) and burn the to an SD card (8 GB or larger).

The PineTab should recognize the SD card as a bootable device and boot from it.

The premade users are:
User: manjaro
Password: 123456

User: root
password: root


Please consider supporting Manjaro ARM directly via Patreon, Ko-Fi or Open Collective.
You can also donate to our upstream, which is Arch Linux ARM.


I know for phone there's pinephone but wondering if a huawei 3g dongle with voice could make it an oversized phone as well?
I know asterisk supports those with chan_dongle...

Getting Voice to support is not an easy task as it is not implemented on default ofono as there is no standardization done on this stuff for linux.

Maybe someone will start looking into ofono development and standardize mobile connectivity and voice for linux community.

Nice thought btw.


Still having a bunch of those dongles somewhere from the time UMTS was a hype and thought before the 2G/3G networks are gone we could use them for something fun.

Have to checkout ofono, was only aware of the different RILs and asterisk besides Huawei's giant windows blob. Never tried anything else than the blob for voice and also that one just as a toy.

So far the only useful implementation for normal mortals is the fritzbox router/pbx with support for the dongles, sip (client/server), dect and analog, pretty neat.

Yes you can still use those dongled for data connection using either ofono but that will need manual steps to connect to the network where-as modemmanager can connect directly to the modem.
modemamanager is the one used by most of the 4g wifi mobile routers.

So modemmanager -> data
ofono -> voice

Actually data only makes no real sense, as my phone in hotspot mode is more versatile than 3G only data

Not really,
Modemmanager > Data and sms (text).
Ofono (with patches) > Data, voice & sms (text)

Just read about both of them

Seems qmi voice is only supported with some patches from sysmocom:

Those seem to also be required by the pinephone's modem.

Maybe the older Huawei dongles are based on EM770?

 - Huawei

	Support for one PPP based GPRS connection with extra support
	for text messaging and USSD.

	Modems based on EM770 have voice call support.

	Newer Qualcomm QMI based versions are also supported.

Who knows...

There is also Qualcomm gobi modem mentioned, but voice USSD etc. are WIP...

I first saw about the voice functionality in this project (more precisely it's predecessor chan_datacard):

Edit: as it's OT should we ask the mods to split this out into a usb modem thread?

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