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Armbian for Odroid N2

Unread post by Dalsim » Sun May 12, 2019 10:14 pm

Not sure if many people know about this but Armbian have an N2 Image of both Armbian Bionic and Stretch on their website:
https://www.armbian.com/odroid-n2/

I installed it using the guide here: https://docs.armbian.com/User-Guide_Get ... -new-users

And it runs great so far. Once it is up and running, you can use the Config tool to install OMV, Plex, Transmission, Sonarr, Radarr, Docker and many more.

Just SSH in as Root and run the config tool command:

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sudo armbian-config
Openmediavault runs great. I get stable 110mb/s read transfers and a little bit less for writes to Windows using SMB over Gigabit Ethernet.
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Re: Armbian for Odroid N2

Unread post by powerful owl » Mon May 13, 2019 12:29 am

Awesome :)

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Re: Armbian for Odroid N2

Unread post by poincare » Mon May 13, 2019 1:52 am

Looks good! Does anyone know if they use the N2 specific stuff like updates on N2 kernel from Hard Kernel, updates for U-Boot, and things liek that?

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Unread post by BadPritt » Mon May 13, 2019 6:19 am

Yes. They use the Hardkernel kernel.
I've been using Armbian the last weeks on it. It runs better than anything else. I'm very happy having this.

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Unread post by poincare » Sat May 18, 2019 9:50 pm

OK. I'll give it an install. Do you know if NCP and OMV can be installed at the same time?

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Unread post by igorpec » Sun May 19, 2019 2:15 pm

poincare wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 9:50 pm
OK. I'll give it an install. Do you know if NCP and OMV can be installed at the same time?
Unlikely. (In theory yes, but its a complex job which includes use of virtualization and port mapping ...) They both provide the same range of services running on the same ports.

You have to pick one.
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Unread post by poincare » Fri May 24, 2019 4:28 am

So, I have installed latest N2 Armbian and used armbian-config to install OMV. I kept trying to get Nextcloud installed with armbian-config but it doesn't seem to work if you already have OVM. I posted to their Github but the issue was promptly closed saying something like "we use the Nextcloud installer; not our problem." :roll:

Anyway, I switched on Docker and installed Mariadb and Nextcloud as Docker containers. I found a tutorial on Techno Dad Life that described the process. I'm not sure if Armbian keep U-Boot and the N2 Kernel up to date, but so far, no problems. I'll probably continue using it with OMV and Nextcloud until I'm better able to tell if they follow updates on UBoot and the N2 Kernel.
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Re: Armbian for Odroid N2

Unread post by igorpec » Fri May 24, 2019 5:32 am

poincare wrote:
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I'm not sure if Armbian keep U-Boot and the N2 Kernel up to date, but so far, no problems.
It does. Even on a daily basis (nightly builds), but those builds are untested. Kernel is updated via (apt update & upgrade) while u-boot needs a manual updated via armbian-config -> system.
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Unread post by poincare » Sat May 25, 2019 9:43 pm

I don't believe it keeps the N2 kernel up to date, even via apt update and upgrade. I've executed them and the kernel is still at 173; while, I believe the latest N2 one is 177. I'll use armbian-config for uboot update.

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Re: Armbian for Odroid N2

Unread post by igorpec » Sun May 26, 2019 3:10 am

poincare wrote:
Sat May 25, 2019 9:43 pm
I don't believe it keeps the N2 kernel up to date, even via apt update and upgrade. I've executed them and the kernel is still at 173; while, I believe the latest N2 one is 177. I'll use armbian-config for uboot update.
I know it does since I push that update, but since this is manual work and I don't have time ... you have to wait. If you are in a hurry, you can use automated build (switch to nightly in armbian-config) as already suggested. That one is usually up to 24 hours old.

If you need this even faster, build tools https://github.com/armbian/build produces .deb files which you can install with dpkg -i and you have latest kernel.
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Unread post by igorpec » Sun May 26, 2019 2:17 pm

> even via apt update and upgrade

Stable repository (and images) was just updated - no need to use nightly builds anymore.
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Re: Armbian for Odroid N2

Unread post by igorpec » Wed May 29, 2019 6:35 am

Another update!



- improved stock kernel, updated to 4.9.179, docker support with aufs, wireguard module, ...
- adjusted boot loader to support booting from ext4/ext2 partitions
- screen resolution can be changed in armbian-config -> system -> display (Set the display resolution)
- menu driven CPU frequency/governor adjustement (armbian-config)
- improved two-factor authentication for SSH access
- fixed sources install for onboard kernel building (armbian-config->software)
- improved hostapd management
- image can be rebuild from sources

Suitable for newcomers and pros!

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https://www.armbian.com/odroid-n2/

If you already run Armbian for Odroid N2:

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apt update ; apt upgrade
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Unread post by poincare » Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:32 am

Thank you for your work on Armbian for the N2 board.
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Unread post by floridroid » Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:10 am

Yes thank you for the N2 Armbian image. It's working well so far.
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Unread post by igorpec » Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:58 pm

Updated to latest along with kernel config changes:
https://github.com/armbian/build/commit ... d822ac1a1d

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Re: Armbian for Odroid N2

Unread post by Moan » Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:14 pm

Thank you @igorpec, I'm using those armbian images and the device works pretty good.

One problem I detected today is installing Plex by armbian-config. It installs fine, but ruins some stuff in the system. For example, right after installing Plex I was getting error:

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armbian-config: No such file or directory
So I had to reinstall by:

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apt update; apt install armbian-config
It possibly ruined some other packages, because my N2 didn't want to start tonight after reboot.

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Unread post by igorpec » Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:03 am

> right after installing Plex I was getting error:

Well, that needs to be investigated. Probably some packages dependency issue. Have you install just that or many other things?
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Re: Armbian for Odroid N2

Unread post by Moan » Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:18 pm

igorpec wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:03 am
Have you install just that or many other things?
As first I always do apt update; apt upgrade
Then I installed OMV, Plex, PiHole all at once by armbian-config and noticed this error.
Then I did a fresh image flash, and installed packages one-by-one starting from OMV, omv init, reboot, Plex and then armbian-config stopped working again. Plex worked fine, even scanned a library fully, however the version of Plex in armbian-config seems to be outdated. So at the end I installed plex from their debian repository, but I'm not sure if it doesn't lose performance /hardware accelerations if available.

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Re: Armbian for Odroid N2

Unread post by igorpec » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:36 pm

> Then I installed OMV, Plex, PiHole all at once by armbian-config and noticed this error.

(Armbian unrelated) Errors are in such case more then expected. OMV is extremely bulky software suite. Installing and running two bulky packages at once is considered as extreme luck and it usually doesn't go without manual intervention ... to prevent such problems, you need to use virtualisation/containerisation/isolation. Docker and similar (billion dollar projects) was initiated to overcome such problems. Free support cheap shortcut does not exists.

I hope you understand this is not an Armbian problem, but generic, which help you can/should try to find elsewhere https://www.debian.org/consultants/
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Re: Armbian for Odroid N2

Unread post by Moan » Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:37 pm

It's not a problem for me as installing from the plex repository works fine, and I've been using Armbian + OMV + Plex + Pihole on XU4 for the past months and no issues at all.

I thought N2 images somehow differ in terms of configuration / incompatible kernel module, etc. that's why I wrote about this issue in case someone wanted to check it. But in general it shouldn't matter now.

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Re: Armbian for Odroid N2

Unread post by igorpec » Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:20 pm

Moan wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:37 pm
I thought N2 images somehow differ in terms of configuration / incompatible kernel module, etc.
Armbian is (should be) the same on all hardware platforms. It's one of the core advantages ... but ofc we could made some mistake, some module might still be missing but there could be some generic problem with certain aarch64 package while bug is not present in armhf ... there are known problems on this level and could manifest in such way. Another aarch64 install would tell more ...

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