New pinebook owner, media playback how? (was: larger eMMC, what and how to install?)
ok, i have seen the error in my ways.
i think the ubuntu mate version my pinebook came with is a little older than 0.6.2 ayufan release, and maybe the driver had more glitches then.
also, video playback was bad with VLC specifically.
It also seems i skipped the stable 0.6.2 and upgraded straight a way to 0.7.8, which really didn't help.

i have meanwhile installed Q4OS which is really much better configured & lighter on resources than ubuntu mate.
video playback is near-perfect with mplayer2 (most hi-res video i tried: x264 at 3000kb/s at 1920x800px - hevc/x265 does NOT work however) and definitely better with VLC.
after that i tried again with ayufan's ubuntu mate 0.6.2 release, and i can confirm 100% that VLC stutters more under ubuntu mate, compared to Q4OS.
now to get a recent version of mpv onto it...

whatever, it's a weight off my chest - this machine is usable after all. not saying video playback is all, but q4os also generally convinced me of the pinebook's capabilities.
also the touchpad works much better! no crazy jumping and the sensitivity is just right.
this is a well-made distro.
only the keyboard spacebar problem remains, and battery life is not exactly fantastic.

btw, the Open with... addon might be interesting to many here (open youtube, soundcloud and other links with mpv & youtube-dl etc).

and pine64-installer aka etcher is electron bloatware and not needed to flash sd cards!
generic instructs are the same as always.

thanks to you all.
it is good that i was neither ignored nor belittled.

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RE: New pinebook owner, media playback how? (was: larger eMMC, what and how to install?) - by dahni - 08-23-2017, 11:18 AM

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