Installing Ubuntu Server on RockPro64
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Hello, I'm new to Pine boards and am not sure how I should/can do my installation. I've got a 128 gb ragepro USB stick that I want all my things saved too but I also have a 32 microSD sitting around. So i'm wondering if I should just flash my usb stick or flash my microSD and then just plug my usb in? If the answer is just flashing my USB how would I boot from my USB? 

Thank you for the help.
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(02-14-2022, 04:37 PM)deutschlmao Wrote: Hello, I'm new to Pine boards and am not sure how I should/can do my installation. I've got a 128 gb ragepro USB stick that I want all my things saved too but I also have a 32 microSD sitting around. So i'm wondering if I should just flash my usb stick or flash my microSD and then just plug my usb in? If the answer is just flashing my USB how would I boot from my USB? 

Thank you for the help.

Flash the Ubuntu OS to the SD Card. Once it successfully boots insert the USB stick and from there you can decide where you want everything stored.
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I think the existing answer is pretty minimal and tho the post is old, I found this while struggling so I thought I'd add a bit more about what finally worked for me...

I've found that you can't just boot from any old ubuntu image onto SBC's based on my experience with Pine64-LTS and RockPro64.  (This is probably obvious to experienced users but that I am not.) After a lot of trial and error with images that didn't work (my device wouldn't even show any output thru HDMI when I tried to boot)  

Eventually I found this this unboxing RockPro64 post which led me to specific images that are built for this exact machine, managed by github-user ayufan-rock64.  

Here's the page that I downloaded the image from: https://github.com/ayufan-rock64/linux-b...tag/0.9.14

I, too was initially trying to install ubuntu-server but that wasn't an option so I just went with the bionic-minimal at the above page, since I wanted to set it up headless anyways.  So far it's working well.  I had wanted to be "cool" and use dd from the command line to burn the image or whatever but after a lot of failures I just installed balena-etcher and that worked perfectly.

Last thing,  I didn't actually use it because it was for Debian but I found this github page which is a step-by-step how to set up a linux server on a RockPro64 (complete with a  hand drawn schematic and everything)  Thought this might be a valuable resource for other beginners: github.com/PLK2/RockPro64-Simple-Server

Note: there's also a thread about bionic on rockpro64 on this very forum but from what I read it looked like users that had already successfully booted ubuntu and were wishing to upgrade.  There's probably more useful info there too.
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