Some "tricks and tips" for Manjaro Plasma Mobile
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1. Keep in mind that PinePhone components were originally not intended to use in mobile phones, so set your expectations accordingly.
2. PinePhone software has not reached even a "release candidate" level, so set your expectations accordingly.
3. The following reflects my experience. Your mileage may vary, so do not blame me if something goes wrong.
4. The PinePhone preloaded Plasma Mobile (PlaMo) operating system may be outdated, so it is good idea to do a fresh start. All information how to install is listed here.
5. Manjaro provides different PlaMo Development Pinephone Images to install. There are Development Pinephone unstable images which are based on KDE unstable branch and Plasma-Mobile "daily build" unstable images which are based on KDE stable branch. However - there could be from time to time several problems with these images (eg non-booting or something broken etc), so it is good idea to test them installing to the sd card.
6. At certain intervals Manjaro team is releasing Beta releases. If you want something that is close to "stable" to install to the eMMC, then I'd recommend to use these. The latest beta is Release Beta 9 and is located here. The announcement is here. Be prepared that for beta the updates are arriving less frequently as it has it's own updates channel.
7. While PlaMo software manager Discover has great potential, it seems that it is not ready yet. It does not list all software and from time to time may fail in some extent in software update. Instead Discover I'd recommend Manjaro commandline tool pacman. So for updates run in Terminal:
Code:
sudo pacman -Syu
8. The same goes for searching, installing and removing programs. Study Manjaro Pacman overview here. For example - to remove closed source (server part) communication program Telegram: sudo pacman -Rsun telegram-desktop
9. If you rely on xmpp&jabber communication, then your options are kaidan and dino-mobile. Kaidan is native PlaMo software, but not ready yet. There is no multuser chat and message archives are not syncronised correctly. Install it using pacman, as Discover lists an older flatpak version. Dino-mobile is currently the best choice. Again, use pacman (sudo pacman -Syu dino-mobile), as Discover lists a Dino desktop version. Scrolling could be slow and you have to use default settings (settings menu does not open), but at least it works.
10. If you need a PlaMo e-mail client, then you are out-of-luck. There was a project Pelikan, but it seems to be stalled. Of course - you can install Geary, but it pulls in much of Gnome packages, so it is more sense to run it under Phosh.

PS. As of switch from ofono to modemmanager - use beta 9 or try newest images in deveopment branch.
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