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Fedora Mobility SIG is a group of contributors that are interested in running Fedora on portable devices such as phones and tablets. The revitalised SIG relaunched when open phone and tablet devices started to become available such as the Pine64 Pinephone.

Fedora Mobility is aiming to eventually create an official Fedora spin to run on mobile phones, tablets and other similar portable battery powered devices. Initial focus is on the PinePhone, but we hope to support other smartphones such as the Librem 5. The aim is to get a stable, open source phone platform that can be used as a daily driver, with full upstream software.


We communicate in the usual Fedora channels.

There currently is no bridge set up between matrix and the other channels.

Getting help

In case you are having trouble running Fedora on a mobile device. Join one of the communication channels to see if anyone can help.

Getting Involved

If you are interested in this SIG and want to help out, join one of the communication channels and express your interest. Some examples of ways you can help out:

  • Packagers: There are so many interesting packages that are not yet packaged for Fedora. You can find a list of things we need to package on Fedora Mobility issue tracker. Or of course you can contribute by packaging them yourself.
  • Reviewers: People able to do package reviews can find a list of packages currently needing review in the Tracker Bug.
  • Testers: If you have a small device and use Fedora on it, file bugs and add them as a blocker for the Fedora Mobility Tracker Bug.
  • Bugs: Become a BugZapper and help us with Fedora Mobility related bugs.
  • Hardware Enablement: If you have the skills to work with low level early firmware, kernel and related components there's a need for assistance for device bring up, kernel development, debug and fixes to get support upstream and fix issues with hardware.
  • Software Develment: Fixes, features, mobile applications, improvement to existing Fedora applications to better run on phones and tablets.
  • Documentation: Keeping Wiki pages and documentation up to date.

There are no skill requirements to join the SIG, interest is the most important.

Getting started

Supported devices

The following devices are supported:

The following devices may or may not be supported (status unclear):

If you are capable and interested in adding support for other devices, reach out in one of the communication channels.

Where to get Images

Nightly builds can be found on FTP which are released and rebuilt every night. These are currently based on latest stable release of Fedora and/or next release beta .

Due to the nature of the nightly builds, there is no guarantee about expected system stability.

There are images for both Phosh and Plasma-Mobile in the Nightlies repo.

Current Status

Fedora Mobility has a reasonable amount of mobile focused packages available in Fedora Rawhide. Packages groups include:

  • A functional touch desktop environment, Phosh.
  • A compatible touchscreen keyboard, squeekboard.
  • A Calling application for making/receiving phone calls, Calls
  • Numerous other Fedora applications such as Calendar, Maps, Contacts etc

Plasma-Mobile is now also available for the PinePhone, with all Gear apps ported.

Fedora recently added support for building aarch64 FlatPaks so we will be looking at what applications can be packaged as FlatPaks to make them easily consumable.

As of currently, some core packages are maintained in Copr. Work is done to get all patches upstreamed. You can find an overview of packages that use downstream patches (and what they patch) here.

Reporting Bugs

We have a few different places to report bugs and request features:

Desktop environments

Several option are available for mobile capable desktop environments. Phosh is the default environment for and most well supported. Plasma mobile images are also available on the FTP server. For Gnome-mobile-shell there is a copr repository included but is currently out dated.

Phosh Environment DNF Group

Just like there are Package Groups for *Workstation*, *KDE* or *Development Tools* that pull in bundles of packages related to each other, a Package Group for Phosh is required.

Phosh is a Phone Shell developed by Purism. It is based on GNOME and currently provides the default desktop for all Mobility images based on Fedora. Phosh is required because the default GNOME doesn't work well on devices with form factors as small as Smartphones and isn't optimized for touch inputs.

Plasma mobile

Plasma mobile 6 is available as a package in the main Fedora repository. This can be readily installed and used by selecting Plasma mobile in the lightdm greeter. More instruction are to follow.

There are some Plasma mobile images available. However these are generally not as up to date as the Phosh images. For the current status, ask in one of the communication channels.

Gnome mobile Shell

There are some Gnome mobile Shell packages, but these may not be up to date either. For the current status, ask in one of the communication channels.

Future plans

Roadmap to Fedora Spin

The group is currently working on getting an official Fedora Spin going. There is no strict schedule at the moment, as the situation is evolving dynamically. This section tracks the progress and what needs to be done towards this goal.

Official Kernel with Networking

The builds are currently reliant on a custom kernel built by megous that includes a variety of patches. The patches are slowly accepted by the upstream kernel devs, which is required for them to land in the official Fedora kernel.

The biggest missing part as of currently is a working WiFi/BT driver for the Realtek RTL8723CS chip in the Pinephone, as well as some bits regarding GPS in the ModemManager.

Official Image Infrastructure

Images are currently generated by collections of shell scripts (see above). In order to become an official spin, the images must be generated with more official tooling. As it isn't intended for the user to boot a live .iso on the phone, Image Factory will be used to generate the PinePhone images.

Currently there is no Mobility-specific kickstart file to use with Image Factory yet.


Available code is being worked on and linked to on Fedora Mobility Special Interest Group Gitlab.

Related Fedora projects

  • The ARM architecture project.


  • Leigh Griffin - @lgriffin
  • Eric Curtin - @ecurtin
  • Justin - @Justinzobel
  • Kevin Fenzi - @nirik
  • Markus Rathgeb - @maggu2810
  • Niko - @nikodunk
  • Tor - @Torbuntu
  • alho2 - @alho2
  • Tomi Lähteenmäki - @lihis