FYI: PinePhone community edition for Manjaro

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Mon Aug 31 15:40:25 UTC 2020

The Pine64 folks have just announced another "community edition" of the PinePhone, this time pre-loaded with Manjaro (  According to Wikipedia:

> Manjaro is a free and open-source Linux distribution based on the Arch Linux operating system.  Manjaro has a focus on user friendliness and accessibility, and the system itself is designed to work fully "straight out of the box" with its variety of pre-installed software.  It features a rolling release update model and uses Pacman as its package manager.

For $200, you get (eventually) a phone with 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, and a pre-loaded copy of Manjaro.  It also comes with a "dock" which should make it more convenient for use as a general purpose computer.

Once you have the phone, you can swap in a different microSD card containing any of about a dozen operating systems (e.g., Mobian, postmarketOS).  So, if you're interested in playing with a Linux-based cell phone, this is the hot setup.

PinePhone Manjaro Community Edition

In closing, a word of warning about the Pine64 sales model.  Basically, they announce a product, accept pre-orders, and then do a production run.  So, the product may not arrive until a few months later.  (I'm scheduled to receive my postmarketOS PinePhone shortly; I ordered it back in mid-July.)

- Rich Morin (rdm at

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