2020
#1
I tried the Mobian 20200615 image on my pinephone CE and it's very impressive - I was able to use calls, texts and data immediately after booting. There are a bunch of features that I like a lot more than UT - including the UI (phosh), the update system being more alike standard debian, and for me, it's been generally more stable than UT at the moment.

I have a couple of questions though:
- Since a recent UT update (I believe now including the Crust firmware), battery life under UT has extended by about 4 hours over Mobian (from about 7 hours to about 11 hours for me). It looks like there are a couple of commits that reference Crust - so I was wondering if it is something that can be enabled currently? Or is it something that still needs more work?

- Is there a way to change between booting from MMC and booting from SD card without removing the card? Using the Mobian image also prevents the volume up + power key combination. I have an sd card writer now, but when I didn't I used the phone to flash to the SD card - unfortunately once the sd card is bootable it prevents this option.

Thanks for all the great work so far - I am hoping to become involved in some capacity with the project eventually - but for now I am just learning.
#2
(06-20-2020, 08:03 PM)scott_VYuCAbn3k1NFK Wrote: - Is there a way to change between booting from MMC and booting from SD card without removing the card? Using the Mobian image also prevents the volume up + power key combination. I have an sd card writer now, but when I didn't I used the phone to flash to the SD card - unfortunately once the sd card is bootable it prevents this option.

That might be possible with PineLoader or possibly Megi's BootUI.
#3
This interests me too

I just saw a 3rd bootloader (untested by me) , but there's a video floating around

https://megous.com/git/p-boot/about/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2KNkXy66RY

I currently have a 32GB Sandisk Ultra , waiting for a 64GB Sandisk Extreme.
I suppose that the "OS Slices should be min. 16GB" making room for either 2 (32) or 4 (64)

I'm have a CE UBport - But i use Linux Mint (Mate) for desktops (switched from Ubuntu 10.4 when Unity was forced on us) , and Deb 10 for servers.
I'd really like to "Come home", at some time.

And would like a non "Appstore" based distrib , as i feel it might end up limiting my "freedom of choice" ... aka. like the current 2 big phone os'es .
apt-get is fully sufficient for me.

If it can "emulate Desktop" for some X11 Desktop based programs, i have my "Golden Phone OS"

/Bingo
#4
(06-20-2020, 08:03 PM)scott_VYuCAbn3k1NFK Wrote: - Since a recent UT update (I believe now including the Crust firmware), battery life under UT has extended by about 4 hours over Mobian (from about 7 hours to about 11 hours for me). It looks like there are a couple of commits that reference Crust - so I was wondering if it is something that can be enabled currently?

Yup - In Settings, Power at the bottom enable Automatic Suspend when on Battery Power. {note there seems to be a bit of a regression in the current kernel that mobile data does not always recover when you wake the phone up - this is common across all distros AFAIK}
  • ROCKPro64 v2.1 2GB, 16Gb eMMC for rootfs, SX8200Pro 512GB NVMe for /home, HDMI video & sound, Bluetooth keyboard & mouse. Started Bionic minimal - now "groovy", Openbox desktop for general purpose daily PC.
  • PinePhone BraveHeart now v1.2b 3/32Gb daily driver, dual boot via p-boot with Mobian/f2fs/Phosh on eMMC, Arch/f2fs/Phosh on SDcard
  • PinePhone v1.2a 2G/16Gb that needs USB board replaced
#5
Thanks for the responses (and sorry for forgetting to set a title).

I will try the boot loaders when I get a chance.

I did discover the automatic suspend setting, and it does improve the battery life significantly.


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