Armbian Buster and Bionic

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Armbian Buster and Bionic

Post by wove » Sat May 23, 2020 4:14 pm

Probably not of much interest here, but Armbian released updated supported version of both their Bionic and Buster builds for arm based machines. Since I have a Pinebook Pro this was somewhat exciting.

I installed the Bionic version, which is a very basic build of Ubuntu 18.04 with an xfce desktop. I used it as a base to install Kubuntu 18.04 and have there by recreated the desktop from my old Thinkpad X220. Of course you can install any of the various flavors of Ubuntu 18.04 on it as well. You can add the Neon repositories if you want the latest KDE.

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Re: Armbian Buster and Bionic

Post by crosscourt » Sun May 24, 2020 4:56 pm

Thanks for the info as Im sure many will find it helpful.
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Re: Armbian Buster and Bionic

Post by tlmiller » Sun May 24, 2020 7:58 pm

On another note, how do you like the PineBook Pro? I was really interested in that when it was released, as it actually has a decent spec LCD (I don't do low end 720p lcd's regardless of price) and seems like it would be nice.

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Re: Armbian Buster and Bionic

Post by wove » Mon May 25, 2020 1:21 am

I had decided I wanted to try a Pinebook. When I went to order it, I first saw the Pinebook Pro and I really did not read carefully. I just assumed the Pinebook Pro, was just a Pinebook with better screen, keyboard, trackpad and case. The reality is it is a different beast entirely. The Pinebook is well supported with many different OS options available, while the Pinebook Pro has few options and the options are somewhat half-baked.

The screen is very nice. It is a 14" 1920x1080 IPS panel. It has very good viewing angles. I have not found a color profile for it, so color corrected work is not possible on it. The other specs are nice as well. It has a 6 core 64bit processor, 4 gig of RAM, 8-10 hour battery all in a 2.5 pound magnesium shell. The keyboard has a nice typing feel. The trackpad is not that great and is by far its worse feature.

There is a lot of development needed to make it top notch. From what I have read kernel 5.7 will fully support the processor and it will be the next version of mesa that will add support for the Mali graphics cores. So a good deal of what works and how well it works is a bodge at this time

I am sort of stuck in early adopters woes. I expect that by the end of the year it should really come together as a top flight machine.

Armbian has an Ubuntu Focal image up today. I have found the Debian images work better than the Ubuntu and on the Debian images Gnome works better than KDE. Q4OS' latest testing image does not really work very well at all.

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Re: Armbian Buster and Bionic

Post by crosscourt » Mon May 25, 2020 2:22 am

Doesnt Pinebook ship the Pinebook Pro with Manjaro KDE edition and yet you say Gnome works better, very odd.
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Re: Armbian Buster and Bionic

Post by wove » Mon May 25, 2020 2:51 am

The current Pinebook Pros do ship with Manjaro KDE as the default OS, when I purchased mine the default OS was MrFixIt's Debian with a Mate desktop that did not support much of the Pinebook Pros features. Manjaro has done an excellent job of supporting the Pinebook Pros features, but their KDE has many many problems.

I usually always stay away from rolling releases and I avoid distros that do a lot of heavy customizations. I like software setups that will give me an uptime measured at least weeks, if not months. If I get updates once a week I always wonder why they just did not build it right before they released it.

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Re: Armbian Buster and Bionic

Post by tlmiller » Mon May 25, 2020 3:18 am

Glad I decided to not be an early adopter then. REgular Pinebook simply isn't an option for me, the screen is too awful for me to actually use it. I would be endlessly irritated at the Pro only partially working, or only working with Gnome (which IMO is utterly unusable DE, I actually had to abandon using it even at work because it tries to force you into it's workflow instead of being adaptable to yours).

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