RPro Image Suggestions
#1
Hi all,
 
As an existing owner of Pine64s and a Rock64, I have finally decided to take the plunge with a RockPro64.  It is on its way, and I am pondering OSes.  As I recall, original Pine64 and Rock64 builds were a bit mixed and so I wanted to reach out to ask the experts about the build that I should consider. (I have the most experience with Ubuntu/Armbian, and my use case is a headless Linux server using a minimal distribution.)  My current ideas are:
 
Ubuntu 18.04
Armbian
DietPi
 
What do you folks think of these?  Is one better than the others from a reliability on the RPro standpoint? Is there anything else that I should consider?
 
TIA                   
#2
I can't answer your questions as I have no meaningful experience of armbian or dietpi. Certainly I am happy with my installation as per my sig: it runs pretty stable and suitably low resource usage. So Ubuntu minimal is def worth being on your list imho.
I did try recently Manjaro ARM and postmarketOS (from pinebook pro) in a futile attempt to get a v5 kernel. Basically with both I had problems fairly quickly to get the functionality I need and couldn't resolve them so I am still on Ubuntu.
  • ROCKPro64 v2.1 2GB, 16Gb eMMC for rootfs, SX8200Pro 512GB NVMe for /home, HDMI video & sound, Bluetooth keyboard & mouse. Arch (5.18 kernel, Openbox desktop) for general purpose daily PC.
  • PinePhone Pro Explorer Edition daily driver, Tow-boot on SPI, Arch/phosh on eMMC
  • PinePhone BraveHeart now v1.2b 3/32Gb, Tow-boot with Arch/Phosh on eMMC
#3
(04-14-2020, 04:51 PM)dukla2000 Wrote: I can't answer your questions as I have no meaningful experience of armbian or dietpi. Certainly I am happy with my installation as per my sig: it runs pretty stable and suitably low resource usage. So Ubuntu minimal is def worth being on your list imho.
I did try recently Manjaro ARM and postmarketOS (from pinebook pro) in a futile attempt to get a v5 kernel. Basically with both I had problems fairly quickly to get the functionality I need and couldn't resolve them so I am still on Ubuntu.

Thank you.  It sounds like you have had a great experience with Ubuntu.  I will probably start with that unless I hear strong recommendations to go another direction.
#4
For headless i would suggest https://github.com/ayufan-rock64/linux-b...m64.img.xz
Debian Buster 10.3 with kernel 5.6. And booting from an PCIe NVMe SSD Big Grin
Sorry for any mistakes. English is not my native language

1. Quartz64 Model B, 4GB RAM

2. Quartz64 Model A, 4GB RAM

3. RockPro64 v2.1

https://linux-nerds.org/
#5
(04-16-2020, 08:44 AM)Bullet64 Wrote: For headless i would suggest https://github.com/ayufan-rock64/linux-b...m64.img.xz
Debian Buster 10.3 with kernel 5.6. And booting from an PCIe NVMe SSD Big Grin

I would be open to this.  However, I notice that it is clearly stated as a pre-release build with lots of verbiage around stability and testing.  I ran something like this with my Rock64, and encountered trouble upon upgrading that brought the system down. As a result, I was not all that comfortable with stability of pre-release builds.  I take it your experience has been different? Do you upgrade to every pre-release build?


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