Rock64 with Debian netinst usb
#1
Hello,

first of all sorry if this is already been asked in the forum, but i didn't find a lot.

I would like to buy a Rock64 to make a little home server with Debian.

In the wiki i found this http://wiki.pine64.org/index.php/ROCK64_...an_Stretch and it said Debian has to be installed with a particualre image. Isn't possibile to install with a normal debian netinst USB? In this case, how can i boot debian installation via USB?

Thank you,
Loris

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#2
(04-16-2019, 07:05 AM)Bloris Wrote: In the wiki i found this http://wiki.pine64.org/index.php/ROCK64_...an_Stretch and it said Debian has to be installed with a particualre image. Isn't possibile to install with a normal debian netinst USB? In this case, how can i boot debian installation via USB?


There is no bios on arm boards, you need to write the boot information to spi flash to boot from usb. As far as I'm aware images from debian doesn't produce binaries needed for specific boards.
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#3
Mmmm ok, i will search about this. In case, there is an official pine64 documentation about this method?

This is the only way i can install a clean debian installation or there could be other options?

Ty
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(04-17-2019, 02:00 AM)Bloris Wrote: Mmmm ok, i will search about this. In case, there is an official pine64 documentation about this method?

This is the only way i can install a clean debian installation or there could be other options?


I'm not sure there is a guide with all the info in one place, using the images is the simplest and quickest way to get up and running...
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(04-17-2019, 03:19 AM)evilbunny Wrote:
(04-17-2019, 02:00 AM)Bloris Wrote: Mmmm ok, i will search about this. In case, there is an official pine64 documentation about this method?

This is the only way i can install a clean debian installation or there could be other options?


I'm not sure there is a guide with all the info in one place, using the images is the simplest and quickest way to get up and running...

The problem using the image is i don't need all the thing it has...for exmaple i don't want the Desktop Environment ... if it would exist an image with a clean debian would be perfect.
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(04-17-2019, 05:50 AM)Bloris Wrote: The problem using the image is i don't need all the thing it has...for exmaple i don't want the Desktop Environment ... if it would exist an image with a clean debian would be perfect.


Use the debian minimal image.

https://github.com/ayufan-rock64/linux-b...m64.img.xz
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#7
I think we could work on developing installation images. As I keep reading, most of the boards support to boot from sd cards and can use the mmc to boot and run the os.

I have not seen any effort on distributions with ARM support to prepare the equivalent from x86 world. I guess it is because of this ARM based devices are not all respecting an identical booting procedure like x86.

After my pinebook pro arives, I will start to investigate what is needed for getting a minimal instalation of Archlinux ARM using a SD card to MMC and also NVME as a must. If I have success, any other distro with ARM support could be handled.

Current way of using prebuilt images it reminds me of early days of Linux distros...
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