Tuesday, November 30, 2021

[fedora-arm] Re: Fedora support for NanoPi-R1?

> On Tue, November 30, 2021 8:32 am, Peter Robinson wrote:
> >> Looking at the --supported list in arm-image-installer I see a bunch of
> >> the NanoPi variations, except for the one I have (from work), the
> >> NanoPi-R1.
> >>
> >> I was able to get Armbian running on it without any issue, and it's
> >> running quite happily. However, I would certainly much prefer to run
> >> Fedora.
> >>
> >> To that end, what would it take to get Fedora onto the device?
> >
> > There's no upstream support in U-Boot for the device, in the upstream
> > Linux kernel there is a device tree, so you may be able to use a 3rd
> > party U-Boot but YMMV.
> Well, I do have a "working" u-boot for the platform... But yeah, it would
> certainly be "better" to have it upstream. *sigh*
> I've been using Wandboards, which I've liked, but I discovered that what I
> was using just wasn't powerful enough to do what I wanted to do.. So I
> was looking for replacements for my wandboards. I have a handful of these
> R1 devices from work, so I've been able to play with them and verify that,
> yes, it can do what I want and perform much better than the wandboard quad
> did.

The R1 is based on a Allwinner H3, it's a quad core Cortex-A7, it's
not really any more powerful than the quad core Wandboard TBH.

> Let me turn this around; what board (with case) would *YOU* recommend for
> some small, low-power arm-based server platforms?

I always reply to that with the question what are you doing with them?
What are your feature requirements? Eth? Dual eth? WiFi, etc.....
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