Write SD cards with Etcher for Pinebook Pro
#1
If you need an easy way to write a new OS to a micro SDcard you can now use Etcher on the Pinebook Pro.

Available from the Swift-Arm Repository

Code:
# add repository
curl -s https://packagecloud.io/install/repositories/swift-arm/etcher/script.deb.sh | sudo bash

# install etcher
sudo apt-get install balena-etcher-electron

More info at - https://github.com/futurejones/balena-etcher-arm
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#2
This is really complicated, but is it possible to boot from microsd on the PBP, install Etcher, and then flash the EMMC inside the Pinebook Pro with it? I am relatively new to Linux and would prefer to use the Etcher UI instead of the command-line DD command.  Thanks!
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(11-23-2019, 05:14 PM)TDC_PBP Wrote: This is really complicated, but is it possible to boot from microsd on the PBP, install Etcher, and then flash the EMMC inside the Pinebook Pro with it? I am relatively new to Linux and would prefer to use the Etcher UI instead of the command-line DD command.  Thanks!


Yes, you can boot from an sd card, and no you dont need to flash anything. Just install your desired distribution or OS to an sd card and then reboot. The pinebook pro boot order prioritized the sd card over the internal storage.

But you really should try get more comfortable running commands in the terminal, it is your friend, and you can most often accomplish a complex task that would take tons of clicks in a GUI, with only one command line.

For example to install Ubuntu and create a bootable sd card only takes 3 commands and about 15 minutes.

Insert SD card then in a terminal run:

wget https://github.com/ayufan-rock64/linux-b...mhf.img.xz
unxz bionic-mate-pinebookpro-0.9.14-1159-armhf.img.xz
sudo dd if=bionic-mate-pinebookpro-0.9.14-1159-armhf.img of=/dev/mmcblk0 bs=4M status=progress

When complete just reboot with the sd card still inserted and you'll be running Ubuntu.
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Thanks--I was just reluctant to use the command line. It worked great, though.
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