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FAQs - Linux

Frequently Asked Questions About Linux

What Linux Distributions Work On The Pine64?
The current line of Linux distributions supported by the Pine64 are Arch, Ubuntu and Debian. Each distribution comes packed with the 3.10.x BSP Kernel built by community member longsleep which provides the most functionality Linux wise as Mainline Linux is currently a work in progress for the Pine64.

When new distributions pop up we will test and add them to the downloads section here at Pine64.pro.
Is Mainline Linux Kernel Available For The Pine64?
Currently Mainline Linux is a work in progress for the Pine64. The folks over at SunXI Linux are working on getting Mainline Linux to work on the Pine64.
Will Linux Run On The Pine A64 Model?
Yes Linux will run on the base model Pine A64, but keep in mind if you wish to use a Desktop Environment (Mate, XFCE etc) you will be limited in terms of running multiple applications simultaneously.
How Do I Burn A Linux Image Onto The SD Card?
The Linux images require the Win32 Disk Imager utility for Windows or DD on Linux/Mac OSX in order to be burned to disk.
Why Doesn't My Pine64 Boot Up?
There are a number of possibilities as to why it is not booting.

-The Linux image was not burned successfully to the SD card.
-Please check that you are using a properly rated power supply that provides 5 volts 2 amps.
-Ensure your USB cable is not the problem. Shorter cables are preferred as longer cables provide more resistance. We recommend using USB cables that are no greater than 1 foot (30 cm) for the best results.
-Finally make sure your SD card is not a counterfeit. For more details on how to detect counterfeit disks click here.
Why Is My Screen Cropped Or Distorted?
If your screen appears cropped this is an issue with overscan on your TV/monitor. One way to correct the problem is to go through your TV/Monitor options. Usually there is an option to zoom/fit to screen/fullscreen hidden within your TV/Monitor settings.

If your screen appears distorted it usually means your TV/Monitor does not support 1080p resolution. If you have the latest Linux image builds that contain a Kernel version of 3.10.101-0 or higher you can simply edit the uEnv.txt file and add optargs=disp.screen0_output_mode=720p60 to have the Pine64 boot into 720p resolution.
Can I Use The LCD Touch Screen With Linux?
Yes and no. The official Pine64 LCD is not working yet on Linux but it is possible to setup other touchscreen LCDs that utilize the HDMI interface with a USB/serial type connector.