Armbian broken sometime in the last few months
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I had Armbian running from a MicroSD card for a while and it worked pretty well. I did an "apt dist-upgrade" the other day and now it won't boot into a graphical desktop. And it doesn't come up on the network because I can't ping it.

I installed the latest Armbian onto another MicroSD and it doesn't work either.

So their image for the Pinebook became broken probably in the last few months.

I tried an earlier image from 2023 and did an "apt dist-upgrade" on it and it broke too.

Sucks. That is a nice OS.
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(05-26-2024, 05:17 AM)acruhl Wrote: I had Armbian running from a MicroSD card for a while and it worked pretty well. I did an "apt dist-upgrade" the other day and now it won't boot into a graphical desktop. And it doesn't come up on the network because I can't ping it.

I installed the latest Armbian onto another MicroSD and it doesn't work either.

So their image for the Pinebook became broken probably in the last few months.

I tried an earlier image from 2023 and did an "apt dist-upgrade" on it and it broke too.

Sucks. That is a nice OS.
That does suck. The original Pinebook will never be a speed demon but runs Ubuntu surprisingly well.  I think there are two problems. The first is that not a lot of work is going in to the Pinebook on Armbian. The second problem is that I don't think Armbian supports dist-upgrade.

I  can think of two things you can do. You could download a recent build that boots and keep it updated, using "apt upgrade" instead of dist-upgrade. Both bookworm and Jammy are supported releases for a while.

The other thing is that you can use the Armbian build framework and build a more recent release yourself. It's not super hard, although you'll have to google a bit and possibly install some software to get it to run if you've never done it before. I just did it myself today, and if you build it with the legacy 6.1 kernel you can have Ubuntu Noble on your Pinebook.
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What Ubuntu are you running on your white Pinebook? Now I'm interested in trying that.

Thanks!
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(05-27-2024, 11:43 AM)acruhl Wrote: (The quote thing is weird so I deleted it)

What Ubuntu are you running on your white Pinebook? Now I'm interested in trying that.

Thanks!

I'm running Debian on an microsd. I got both Debian Bookworm and Ubuntu Noble to compile with Kernel 6.1.92,  so I'll put one of those on the mmc, depending on which one I can get to do an encrypted install.
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(05-29-2024, 12:36 AM)michel_luc Wrote:
(05-27-2024, 11:43 AM)acruhl Wrote: (The quote thing is weird so I deleted it)

What Ubuntu are you running on your white Pinebook? Now I'm interested in trying that.

Thanks!

I'm running Debian on an microsd. I got both Debian Bookworm and Ubuntu Noble to compile with Kernel 6.1.92,  so I'll put one of those on the mmc, depending on which one I can get to do an encrypted install.

Ahh yes. I haven't compiled Linux in probably 20 years. I still do compile NetBSD once in a while. I'm lazy, looking for a maintained distro.

Thanks.
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