Q4OS on Pine64, administrator manual, rev. 03/2018


Q4OS on Pine64

administrator manual

1. Introduction
2a. Installation using Pine64 official installer
2b. Installation of downloaded image
3. After install steps


1. Introduction

Q4OS Pine64 port is a free operating system based on Debian distribution, optimized for the Pine64 family hardware, the series of single-board 64bit ARM computers. Q4OS is now one of a few distributions offering the full desktop environment on the ARM architecture.


2a. Installation using Pine64 official installer

This is the recommended way to install Q4OS on a Pine64/Pinebook device. You will need to install Q4OS operating system on your own SD card, so you need a computer with a SD card writer to write the image. Download and run Pine64 official installer to select and write the Q4OS image to a SD card, please follow the official Pine64 installer documentation.


2b. Installation of downloaded image

A more recent Q4OS image release may be available for download at the Q4OS website, so you can download and install the latest Q4OS image by following the next steps. The official Q4OS images are available for download from the Downloads section of the Q4OS website. After downloading the .zip file, unzip it to get the .img image file for writing to your SD card. With the image file you need to use an image writing tool to install it on your SD card. See the guide for your system:


3. After install steps

Predefined login credentials are as follows:

username: adminq
password: adminq

Once booted, get the fresh updates for Q4OS to be up to date and ready to use:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Optionally increase fonts and icons size for HiDPI screens, it's specifically needed for Pinebook-1080p, see example below to set 140 dpi:

$ sudo sh /usr/share/apps/q4os_system/bin/dpi_set.sh 140
$ sudo reboot

That's all, enjoy your Pine64 and don't forget to involve yourself in the Q4OS forum and Pine64 community.



Q4OS on Pine64, administrator manual, rev. 03/2018