Xubuntu needed for Pinebook Pro

Stephen Kellat alpacaherder at live.com
Sun Dec 6 23:35:38 UTC 2020

On Sun, Dec 06, 2020 at 03:11:29PM -0800, Joel Carlson wrote:
> The ARM processor Pinebook Pro has most other Linux distributions but
> apparently not Xubuntu. This should be a priority because other ARM
> processor computers are coming soon! Thanks, Joel

This would be a matter of resource allocation.  When I consult the list of available images known to the Pinebook's manufacturer at https://wiki.pine64.org/wiki/Pinebook_Pro#Pinebook_Pro_images I get this:

elementary OS 6 (microSD and eMMC Boot)
Manjaro ARM (microSD and eMMC Boot)
Debian Desktop (microSD and eMMC Boot)
Bionic LXDE (microSD and eMMC Boot)
Bionic Mate (microSD and eMMC Boot)
Fedora (microSD and eMMC Boot)
OpenSUSE (microSD and eMMC Boot)
Q4OS (microSD and eMMC Boot)
Armbian (microSD and eMMC Boot)
NetBSD (microSD and eMMC Boot)
OpenBSD release for ARM64
Chromium (microSD and eMMC Boot)
Arch Linux ARM installer (microSD and USB boot)
Android 7.1 (microSD Boot)
Android 7.1 (eMMC)
Debian Installer for Pinebook Pro
Gentoo Script for Pinebook Pro
Kali Script for Pinebook Pro (microSD and eMMC Boot) 

The page here has more specifics as to each build and how unofficial each are: https://wiki.pine64.org/wiki/Pinebook_Pro_Software_Release

This looks wonderful but the other flavours of Ubuntu have not taken action officially towards it either.  The only ARM platform supported by Ubuntu is Raspberry Pi.  I still have some questions pending about how Xubuntu can build off the work already done so that we might build our own images but there are bits and bobs that Canonical needs to finish up first.

For now getting all the flavours of Ubuntu building images for Raspberry Pi without the dodge of desktopify is a big challenge with possibly a larger installed base to approach.  Others may have something to say on this but that is my understanding of where things stand at the immediate moment.

Stephen Michael Kellat


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