DietPi OS for Pinebook Pro
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DietPi is an extremely lightweight Debian-based OS. It is highly optimised for minimal CPU and RAM resource usage, ensuring your Pinebook always runs at its maximum potential.

Use dietpi-software to quick and easy install a desktop and lots of other Ready to Run & Optimised applications for your system. DietPi will do all the necessary configurations, including starting the services.

DietPi images are available for PINE A64PINE H64PinebookPinebook Pro, ROCK64 and ROCKPro64.

Our PINE64 images are based on the great kernel and firmware, developed by Armbian. However, if you face any issues, please contact us via forum or GitHub issue first.

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Image has been updated to ship latest DietPi v7.7 based on Debian Bullseye:
nvme doesn't work and the graphics are really slow (X11)

Also seems like some of the patches are not included for the kernel ( 5.15.2-rockchip64 #trunk.61 SMP PREEMPT Wed Nov 17 08:49:40 UTC 2021 aarch64 GNU/Linux)

[ 298.867535] Purging 131072 bytes

[ 2101.398573] panfrost ff9a0000.gpu: Unhandled Page fault in AS0 at VA 0x000000008FFF9300
Reason: TODO
raw fault status: 0x2F002C1
decoded fault status: SLAVE FAULT
exception type 0xC1: TRANSLATION_FAULT_1
access type 0x2: READ
source id 0x2F0
[ 2101.398677] panfrost ff9a0000.gpu: js fault, js=0, status=JOB_BUS_FAULT, head=0x4fcf880, tail=0x4fcf880
[ 2101.909101] panfrost ff9a0000.gpu: gpu sched timeout, js=0, config=0x3b00, status=0x8, head=0x30a2680, tail=0x30a2680, sched_job=00000000dceb3bc4
[ 2101.909564] panfrost ff9a0000.gpu: Unhandled Page fault in AS0 at VA 0x000000008FFF9240
Reason: TODO
raw fault status: 0x4F002C1
decoded fault status: SLAVE FAULT
exception type 0xC1: TRANSLATION_FAULT_1
access type 0x2: READ
source id 0x4F0
[ 2101.909648] panfrost ff9a0000.gpu: js fault, js=0, status=JOB_BUS_FAULT, head=0x30e3840, tail=0x30e3840
Thanks for your report.

The image should ship with Linux 5.10 (stable) and not 5.15 (testing), so you should test it with the shipped Linux 5.10 when reporting issues.

X11 is driven via KMS (modesetting DDX driver) and Mesa 20.3.5 from regular Debian Bullseye repository, which should give decent performance, though it depends on the actual application. I don't have a Pinebook Pro, but another RK3399 SBC where desktops in general, browsers and Kodi work quite well. How did you benchmark and what did you compare with?

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