Stock distros and headless installations
(07-11-2019, 07:40 PM)mjog Wrote: Hi all, I just ordered a RockPro64 to act as a home NAS and Nextcloud host, and have been looking into installation options.

It seems like most "installation" options are simply writing a pre-installed image of some custom variant (Armbian, etc) of the stock distros (Debian, etc) to storage from a PC and plugging that into the board, rather than a more traditional process where an installer is booted which then actually does an installation to storage.

Since I'm a retrogrouch, I'd much prefer the more traditional installer-based approach and use a stock distro (in particular, either Debian 10 or Ubuntu 19.04), and ideally be able to do the install headless over the serial console. I'm not sure however based on reading the wiki or these forums whether this would even be possible.

So, two questions:

 * Can I install and use a stock distro like Debian 10 or Ubuntu 19.04 with the RockPro64?
 * Can I install by (say) writing the installer to USB flash, booting to that, then installing it via serial?


This isn't really possible because there is no bios on boards, so the system is controlled by u-boot which is board specific. To get some kind of idea about this you only have to look at all the board images published by armbian.

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RE: Stock distros and headless installations - by evilbunny - 07-11-2019, 08:42 PM

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