Armbian Linux for Arm processors and Android TV Boxes.
It's always interesting when I write, to see what feedback or help is out there. I encourage you all to write in the comments below. The recent blog about Linux Mint 20.1 created a stir on amateurradio.com, where my scribbles are relayed over and duplicated. Paul VA3ZC got in touch, and said "Have you tried Armbian? Linux for ARM devices". So a quick trip down to the link https://www.armbian.com/ Reveals a good download area for hardware which you may like to try it out on. Although the Raspberry Pi is not listed, surely is can't be long before something is ported over. I know recently Ubuntu Linux has been ported for the Raspberry Pi. But are there cheaper methods of playing around with Linux and using it to advantage our hobby? Paul mentioned he uses an old Android TV Box. I have one of these which I use coupled up to my main TV for watching Youtube on. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Smart-Wifi-TV-Box-Android-Quad-Core-Remote-4K-HD-Media-Player-3D-8GB-Streamers/293698849998?hash=item4461d0ccce:g:dEkAAOSwS41fH-VW As well as the Armbian website support there are lots of videos on Youtube to a show you how to go about installing Linux. (Depending on processor type): Here is one I dug out, there are plenty of others, but it shows you the basics how to go about and get it running with Armbian. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xezRDUCDkg Hope that helps!Steve, G1KQH, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from England. Contact him at [email protected].
Thanks for the nice follow up to my comment. That is the unit I use for FT8 portable. I was going to throw it out but had a look at the specs and decided that it could have a second life in my portable ham shack. Generally speaking the Armbian is a lot more responsive than the Android and lets you run linux programs such as wsjt-x, fldigi and cqrlog. It lets that old tv box fly as a little computer.
Good luck with your PI. I’m sure that there will be one in my not too distant future.
Thanks Paul, Maybe we could start a little support group if there is enough interest?