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Operating systems

The PineTab will automatically boot from microSD if a bootable card is inserted. Although it is technically possible to use any ARM distro (because the PineTab uses the mainline kernel), only few of them will actually be usable on Early Adopters PineTab, due to specifics of working with LCD panel. Among those listed all except for postmarketOS have working builds.

Arch Linux ARM

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Unofficial Arch Linux ARM with Phosh as the UI selection, maintained by the DanctNIX community.


  • The latest image can be downloaded here

Manjaro ARM

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Manjaro is a Linux based alternative operating system with no adverts or licensing fees, it respects user privacy and gives them full control over their hardware. The PineTab "Early Adopter" edition is currently the only device supported by Manjaro ARM.


  • Images with several different environments, including Phosh and Plasma, are available for the "Dev" pre-release can be downloaded here

  • Images for the Early Adopter version can be downloaded here.

Both Beta releases and weekly unstable builds for Phosh and Plasma Mobile can be found there.


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Mobian is an unofficial Debian build for ARM64 running with Phosh. The current version of the base Debian system is Debian Bookworm. See the installation instructions here. If you have questions about Mobian, please ask them in the Mobian Matrix room.


  • PineTab images can be downloaded here. The password is 1234

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postmarketOS extends Alpine Linux to run on smartphones and other mobile devices.

It offers various user interfaces (Phosh, Plasma Mobile, Sxmo, Plasma Desktop, Gnome 3, Kodi, XFCE4 and more). As of writing, official images are provided with Phosh and Plasma Mobile. The official images come in two flavors, either as demo image to try out postmarketOS, or with the installer.

When using the installer images (recommended), it is possible to:

  • encrypt your installation

  • install from the SD card to eMMC

Getting postmarketOS for the PineTab:

Rhino Linux

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Rhino Linux is an Ubuntu-based distribution that uses the rolling-release model by tracking the devel branch of repositories. The port is currently maintained by Oren Klopfer (oklopfer).

The bootloader (U-Boot) comes pre-flashed in the port. Installation just requires flashing the .img.xz to an SD or the eMMC.


Rhino Linux Downloads (select Pine64 on the dropdown)

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Foundational to the distribution is Pacstall, a Debian-based user repository inspired by the AUR. Additionally, RL comes with Unicorn, a custom modified version of XFCE with various modernizations and improvements, including auto-rotation for mobile devices.

Sailfish OS

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You can get SailfishOS on your with the flash-it script, which will write an image on a SD card. https://github.com/sailfish-on-dontbeevil/flash-it

There is a forum discussion with further information.

Many things are still broken but Bluetooth, Audio, Rotation and Keyboard are working.

Ubuntu Touch

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Ubuntu Touch is a mobile version of the Ubuntu distribution made and maintained by the UBports community. The port is currently maintained by Oren Klopfer (oklopfer).

The bootloader (U-Boot) comes pre-flashed in the port. Installation just requires flashing the the .img.xz file to an SD or the eMMC.


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Scroll down to the middle of the GitLab project page, or directly here at the UBports website to see which features work.

Contributions and bug reports can be made at the UBports PineTab GitLab page. See UBports website for how to donate.