Pine A64+review
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Back in August, I reviewed a Pine A64+ 2BG board, comparing it to the Raspberry Pi 3.  For most of the hardware, the Pine A64+ was better than the Pi.  Unfortunately, when it came to software availability, the Pine A64+ was behind the curve ... way behind.  At that time, I thought that this problem would be fixed "soon".  Based on what I'm seeing here, none of the "problems" that were noted in that review have been resolved.

http://www.accs.com/p_and_p/A64/index.html

Unfortunately, there's still no distribution with a modern (4.0+) Linux kernel linked from the download site ( http://wiki.pine64.org/index.php/Pine_A6...re_Release ).  What's the holdup here?  Is there ANY release that supports the 4.0+ kernel?  I'd be willing to get it from elsewhere, but I really want something current to work with.

It appears to me that they're still waiting for the GPU driver, although there could be other issues.  Until the necessary code has been integrated into the Linux mainline, these computers will have limited usefulness.  Once the product owners can offer a current Linux solution, with repositories, this excellent hardware will be in a position to gain market share.

Is there any update on the overall software situation?
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(04-03-2018, 11:42 AM)accs Wrote: Back in August, I reviewed a Pine A64+ 2BG board, comparing it to the Raspberry Pi 3.  For most of the hardware, the Pine A64+ was better than the Pi.  Unfortunately, when it came to software availability, the Pine A64+ was behind the curve ... way behind.  At that time, I thought that this problem would be fixed "soon".  Based on what I'm seeing here, none of the "problems" that were noted in that review have been resolved.

http://www.accs.com/p_and_p/A64/index.html

Unfortunately, there's still no distribution with a modern (4.0+) Linux kernel linked from the download site ( http://wiki.pine64.org/index.php/Pine_A6...re_Release ).  What's the holdup here?  Is there ANY release that supports the 4.0+ kernel?  I'd be willing to get it from elsewhere, but I really want something current to work with.

It appears to me that they're still waiting for the GPU driver, although there could be other issues.  Until the necessary code has been integrated into the Linux mainline, these computers will have limited usefulness.  Once the product owners can offer a current Linux solution, with repositories, this excellent hardware will be in a position to gain market share.

Is there any update on the overall software situation?

This is the mainline ArchLinux that developed by Anarsoul: http://wiki.pine64.org/index.php/Pine_A6...nline_XFCE
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(04-03-2018, 06:31 PM)tllim Wrote: This is the mainline ArchLinux that developed by Anarsoul: http://wiki.pine64.org/index.php/Pine_A6...nline_XFCE
According to the README file in the kernel tree, this is still running the 3.10 kernel. That's not what was requested. Sorry.

Does anyone know where I can find a low-power ARM with 2GB of memory that's supported in the current mainline kernel tree?
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(04-03-2018, 08:53 PM)accs Wrote:
(04-03-2018, 06:31 PM)tllim Wrote: This is the mainline ArchLinux that developed by Anarsoul: http://wiki.pine64.org/index.php/Pine_A6...nline_XFCE
According to the README file in the kernel tree, this is still running the 3.10 kernel.  That's not what was requested.  Sorry.

Does anyone know where I can find a low-power ARM with 2GB of memory that's supported in the current mainline kernel tree?



Armbian  is running non-official kernel 4.14.xx


https://dl.armbian.com/pine64/nightly/

and OpenMediaVault is used non-official  kernel 4.13.10 , i tested  this kernel maybe problem ,   used the command shutdown look is shutdown , but not really shutdown , because the red led was not shutdown , but can't use anything .

This means new non-official kernel is released but if you want to stable for this times  i will choose kernel  3.10.105 / 3.10.107 .


The official allwinner bsp kernel 4.9 is coming will release .
If I am wrong please correct my content , thank !



1. Use Pine64 Running Ubuntu 16.04 Web Server ( LAMP )

2. Use Pine64 Running Official Android 6  for Media player
3. Use Pine64 Running Volumio Digital Audio Player





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