I installed Arch with the EndeavourOS installer on a Raspi 4b 8GB. It works pretty decent with armv7l 32bit kernel, but on aarch64 Cinnamon tells me that theres no hardware acceleration available and thus it’s using software rendering. You may guess that the performance is horrible.
I assume this is due to some driver missing in the aarch64 kernel. Can i do something about it or is aarch64 support not completely ready yet?
I just did a test install of Cinnamon on a 64 bit OS installed on a USB SSD using the
linux-rpi kernel from the RPi Foundation.
No “hardware acceleration missing” messages, and it was quite snappy.
However, the aarch64 package does not launch firefox 98.0.1
The armv7h 32 Bit version of firefox 98.0.1 runs on a 32 Bit OS just fine.
With a new install, there isn’t any older versions of firefox in
so you can’t use that to downgrade firefox.
The mainline kernel would suffice.
To compare it to EndeavourOS x86_64 OS, running the linux-rpi kernel on arm would be like running the LTS kernel in X86_64.
Pretty much the same as mainline x86_64 kernel vs LTS x86_64 kernel.
In either case, mainline will work, but for something like a headless server, or a Pi hole, etc, I would prefer the linux-rpi kernel or x86_64 LTS over the mainline kernel. But it is entirely up to you.
The description says and modules and I think it is the and modules that makes the difference.
The funny thing is that the Arch Linux Arm armv7h 32 Bit image only offers the linux-rpi kernel, while the aarch64 64 Bit image offers two choices with the mainline kernel being default in the offered image.
If one uses the "config-update script " in Step 2 of the installation procedure, for 64 bit it offers the choice of switching to the linux-rpi kernel and the script will then take care of the switch.
Which I recommend in all cases. Also, if one wants to run a 64 bit OS on a USB SSD, the linux-rpi kernel is required.
Glad you got it working. Did you also get Firefox going?
No issues caused by KDE itself. I am using KDE Plasma on both of my development RPi’s.
The issues that seem to be RPi 4 dependent, are:
Make sure the TV / Monitor is up and running and looking for signal before applying power to the RPi
If you are going to play with any ARM device, one of these is your best friend.
I have two of them and they are great for ARM devices because of the congestion of the USB Ports, Ethernet port, etc all in one area. And the RPi doesn’t seem to like wiggling any plugged in devices.
The other nice thing about the powered hub, is the Official RPi power supply doesn’t have an extra load for the devices plugged into the hub.
The back of my RPi has possibly a USB SSD with the OS on the bottom USB 3 port, and the output of the powered hub (keyboard mouse at minimum) goes to the bottom USB 2 port. Everything else plugs in and out of the USB Hub.
Almost forgot, the “Smart Charge” port is great for smart phones, etc.