pinebook pro day one:
it's hosed. we tried to upgrade it to debian 10, and this immediately resulted in a horrific dependency knot that not even all our strength could rip out. tomorrow, we will try to reflash it.

nice hardware, though.


@diodelass @TheGibson Haha wow. I was on the pine forums earlier this year asking about installing stock distros for exactly this reason. Got crickets for replies and maybe a "just use an image".

@mjog @TheGibson yeahhhh the problem appears to be that support for a few key peripherals hasn't been mainlined yet. the images they provide use kernels apparently modified from the ones Rockchip provides.
Running a standard kernel on our Rock64, for instance, does work, but means the GPU is extremely badly supported and the USB 3.0 hub doesn't work at all. Given how similar the Pinebook Pro is to the RockPro64, we suspect it's similar.

@mjog @TheGibson there are a few things you just kinda need to have working on a laptop:
- the keyboard
- the touchpad
- the display
- at least one network interface
- ideally, the lid switch, bluetooth, webcam, speaker, and microphone, but these don't entirely prevent it from being useful.

the problem is that all of these have shockingly bad vendor firmware they're locked behind on basically all hardware on the market.

@mjog @TheGibson the primary barriers to getting a stock distro running on the Pinebook Pro are probably:
- whatever is going on with the keyboard and touchpad
- getting it to output over whatever interface it uses, we're guessing eDP, for the integrated display
- getting the horrific SDIO wifi stack working, which as far as we know just means you're gonna need a proprietary blob

and then from there, you have a bunch more to do get it from "barely operational" to "usable"

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