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General Discussion / Re: Cubieboard7
« on: April 15, 2019, 04:22:27 pm »
If the UUID is the same for the rootfs on the NAND and SD, then try deleting the rootfs from the NAND.  The expectation is it will find the one on the SD.

At least change to UUID on the NAND so it is not the one in the boot instructions and should be ignored.

I use this method to have /boot on an SD and the rootfs on the HD for the CT and CB2.  Recently I have also done this for the ODROID HC1.

UUIDs seem to be the way to direct the boot to the media desired.

General Discussion / Re: Cubieboard7
« on: April 12, 2019, 04:13:41 pm »
You seem to be the first here with a CB7, so unfortunately not much advice available.

Can you share any thing about the CB7 and why you chose it?  What have you gotten working on it?

Let us know!

Gaming / Re: Any support for 3D gaming
« on: March 07, 2019, 12:35:01 pm »
The challenge is that there is no open MALI GPU code.  general GTK3 is a dog on cubieboards unless you have a Cubietech OS.  GTK2 is not so bad, but everything is moving off it to GTK3.

If Cubietech would provide the necessary pieces to the open development, things might be different.

For me, they are good servers.

Introduce yourself / Re: New member Here
« on: February 20, 2019, 05:42:21 am »
Welcome Jenny,

Tell us which Cubie you have, what distro you are working with, and the intended use of the system.


General Discussion / Re: Cubietruck Plus: Compile mainline kernel
« on: February 16, 2019, 11:16:15 pm »
Odroid is a competitor to Cubieboards, so I avoid talking about it here.  Much.  But I like the design/features of the HC1, the only Odroid I have worked with.  I look at the HC1 to be an excellent platform for my next mailserver.  You can see about all my ARM SOC works at:

There are links to installing CentOS7 on Cubies (2 and Truck) and a Odroid HC1 (needs the 4.19 kernel).

Also link to my work-in-progress on a replacement mailserver.  My current server is a Cubietruck running Redsleeve6 plus the standard fare of Postfix/Postfixadmin/Myaql/Dovecot/Amavis-new/Clamav/Spamassisin/Rouncubemail.  Amavis-new is a real load on a Cubietruck.  Need more processors.  But this box has been running since 5/14 (really needs the upgrade).

So I went shopping for 4 core or more with good sata, and decided on the HC1.

My replacement Samba DC (Nethsever) will be a CubieTruck.

My DNS and web servers are Cubieboard2s.

That about covers it.

Oh with the mailserver, I have to get the newer password hash (MD5 -> SHA512) and quota system along with a backup solution solved before I launch.  Probably a few weeks (got a trip to Beijing coming up getting in the way of stuff like this).

General Discussion / Re: Cubietruck Plus: Compile mainline kernel
« on: December 14, 2018, 08:19:16 am »
Does it boot with NO drives attached?

Not that this is a good thing, but I can see it with the uSD.  I would think it would boot with no uSD, but with sata.

It all depends on the bootloader and uboot on the NAND.

Again, I don't own one of these, so only talking based on my Cubietruck experience.

In fact, I have begun experimenting with the Odroid HC1.  Now if Cubietech had come out with something so well designed for a server platform...

Cubieboard v1 OS (A10 Based) / Re: Mainline kernel - u-boot from NAND
« on: November 30, 2018, 05:57:14 am »
Further, look here:

The place to ask about this is on the sunxi list.

Cubieboard v1 OS (A10 Based) / Re: Mainline kernel - u-boot from NAND
« on: November 29, 2018, 08:36:40 am »
According to people that work with uboot and current kernels, it probably will won't work to put uboot on to NAND, but it might not take much more work on uboot.

If you are capable of making contributions to uboot (I am not), then join the sunxi uboot list and work with them on what needs to be added.  Otherwise wait until I get someone else to do the work.  This may take some real time (like months).

Cubieboard v1 OS (A10 Based) / Re: Mainline kernel - u-boot from NAND
« on: November 28, 2018, 09:00:45 pm »
With both Fedora and Centos, using current uboot, I only have uboot on the uSD, and all partitions on the sata drive.  As long as there are no partitions on the uSD, uboot tries elsewhere for the partitions.

I have been meaning to ask on the Fedora-arm list about putting uboot on NAND, this is the incentive to do that...

Beginners / Re: Which Linux for Cubietruck (Cubieboard 3)?
« on: November 05, 2018, 12:55:51 pm »
btw,  no mali drivers either for the most part.

gtk2 is ok, but gtk3 is a dog.

Fedra28 hdmi was decent.  Fedora29 is painful.

Cubietech needs to lend a hand in opening mali.

Beginners / Re: Which Linux for Cubietruck (Cubieboard 3)?
« on: November 05, 2018, 12:51:57 pm »
what you are up against is the sunxi uboot work has not provided vga support.  none of the distros that use it can drive vga as a result.  and there is no plan to add it.

look for an hdmi-to-vga converter.

I have not been sucessful with these an Fedora/centos.

Beginners / Re: Please Help - Installing TightVNCServer on Cubieboard 1
« on: October 23, 2018, 02:18:07 pm »
great to hear someone is getting direct Cubietech support.

Again, the Linaro user list.  This is Linaro specific.  There are many other A10 boards out there with similar installation challenges and you will get more help there.

But please share your experiences here to help other people searching for Cubieboard help.

Sorry I can't be of more help, but I am in the Fedora/Centos camps and you will find me a regular there in their arm user lists!

Beginners / Re: Please Help - Installing TightVNCServer on Cubieboard 1
« on: October 19, 2018, 01:31:12 pm »
Dr. Google is our friend.

I put

linaro user list

into the search and see:

Beginners / Re: I have a CubieBoard2-dualcard and can't get it to boot
« on: October 14, 2018, 11:54:42 pm »
I could never figure the C2-dualboard out.  Always thought it was a special project for some big Hadoop customer (or other server farm) that they decided to commercialize.

Nothing really supports it.  No uboot for it from sunxi, unless you somehow boot both?  Never really looked into it; never considered investing the money in one.

Yes, this forum board is basically dead as is the Cubieboard mailing list.  I still heavily use Cubies (2 and truck) with Fedora and Centos and now working with Nethserver to see it gets ported to Centos-armhfp.  But I am one of the last repliers here.  The Russian forum sometimes shows some activity.

There are still problems with the Cubieboard5 and uboot from sunxi.  Seems to be getting close.  Maybe by Fedora 30 it will work.  But then I have been considering a BananaPi based on the Allwinner R50 and find out that sata support for that chip won't happen until the 4.20 kernel (F29 is shipping with 4.18).  So I can't even jump ships to get a working quad board!  Also the Cubieboard5 is not native sata, but they emulate it off of USB and that is one of the problems.

I have no problem using generic uSD cards I get at the counter of my local Micro Computer Center.  But I use the Fedora installer, or direct dd of the provided Centos or Nethserver image onto a uSD card and take it from there.

Hope you get what you have working well enough for you.

Oh, one final note, if you will.  The wonderful Mali GPU is not supported in the sunxi uboot.  This means GTK3 goes into hw emulation mode and you get terrible graphics (read desktop gui) performance.  I have been told GTK2 is dead.  So Mali GPU is dead until someone contributes the needed code to the sunxi work.  Thus great for servers, but not for desktops.

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