Sergei Steshenko

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  1. Sergei Steshenko

    CSC Armbian for RK3288 TV Box boards (Q8)

    I meant bottom part of post.
  2. Sergei Steshenko

    CSC Armbian for RK3288 TV Box boards (Q8)

    I have read https://github.com/paolosabatino/xf86-video-armsoc - what is "bo" in, say, "Summary of bo reference counting" - ? Is it Buffer Overlays ? Also, regarding "Decompress this archive (armsoc compiled driver against X.Org 1.19.6, works only on mainline kernels)" vs "I suggest you to start from a fresh image with mainline or dev kernel" - does it mean that for dev (not mailine) kernel one has to compile xf86-video-armsoc himself ? What are practical advantages of using xf86-video-armsoc compared to what comes out of the box ? Regarding the issues I've mentioned. I meant issues like sound devices names, for example. And IIRC somebody else was talking about IR remote control codes.
  3. Sergei Steshenko

    CSC Armbian for RK3288 TV Box boards (Q8)

    Do the images correct reported in this thread issues ?
  4. Sergei Steshenko

    CSC Armbian for RK3288 TV Box boards (Q8)

    Well, if I first switch to a virtual terminal, and then from there invoke Kodi, it at least partially works. I .e. I was able to watch a video. The vertical magenta stripe is still there - removed by unplugging and plugging again the HDMI cable. Audio source should again be selected, i.e. Kodi is not aware of settings made during the desktop session.
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    CSC Armbian for RK3288 TV Box boards (Q8)

    I have tried the stable version of the stuff in the media script. To make sure there's no mix up I ref-lashed the SD card, i.e. it was a clean install. Things are better with the stable version. E.g. Chromium does not cause the system to become uncontrollable as a result of playing the same video. MPV works quite well. GST player appears to be useless, and it was so in earlier images. It is useless in the sense it doesn't play the same videos MPV can play, and it doesn't report any problem. I.e. it does nothing. The bad news is Kodi. It didn't start after asking the used password, and the system became uncontrollable - like in the quoted post. I.e. mouse pointer moves, but that's it - I can do anything. I can't move windows, I can invoke another application, etc. Regarding audio - there are two items with the same name in the sources to select from - IIRC the name is "Built-in Analog Stereo" or something like this. Sound through HDMI plays if I choose the upper entry.
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    CSC Armbian for RK3288 TV Box boards (Q8)

    I have tried the new image and the new media script - in which I chose the experimental option. After playing a short HD video (2:15) in Chromium the desktop got stuck. First the mouse pointer was still moving, but I couldn't do anything with it, e.g. I couldn't move a window. Then the system got stuck completely. I will try the stable version of the media script. At the moment I have a much bigger heatsink (38mm x 38mm x 25mm), so the CPU temperature according to 'armbianmonitor -M' is about 45C, i.e. this is not a factor of instability. Upon boot I still see the vertical magenta strip on the left side of the monitor.
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    CSC Armbian for RK3288 TV Box boards (Q8)

    Any news on new images ?
  8. Sergei Steshenko

    Apparently no software management main menu entry

    Why ? According to "Anyway the problem went away, Synaptic works fine now, perfectly usable. Maybe some change got made that upgrades put into effect. Maybe going through /etc/apt and killing any mention of compress in it, I basically used an arm64 Buster version as a reference. The improvement wasn't immediate. I also deleted the files in /var/cache/apt (not the archives) and let them get recreated. Highly unlikely but I was also fiddling with some m4 macros trying to get something ancient (maybe Synaptic) to build. A search in Synaptic now takes about 8 seconds.". I.e. the application is working. I still do not know whether pacing Armbian onto a hard drive would solve the problem. I.e. probably normal hard drive + swap partition on it would improve things even with compression.
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    Apparently no software management main menu entry

    Yes, I see the irony, but apparently not the way you see it. Armbian means Debian for ARM processors, and as posted above, Debian includes Synaptic by default. So the irony I see is that one one hand Armbian claims it is a Debian, but doesn't do what Debian does regarding Synaptic.
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    Apparently no software management main menu entry

    That's why I'm saying to install well tested stuff (in this case Synaptic) instead. For some reason you decided to remove stuff instead of replacing it with simpler functionality stuff. Another issue, which probably deserves a separate thread, is Armbian development methodology. Long story short, I think the developers should concentrate on fundamental stuff like per SoC/board HW issues. And limit themselves to absolutely minimally working from the point of view functionality desktop. I also think developers should encourage users to attach hard drive wherever/whenever possible and to built not included into Armbian distro apps from sources. In the Debian world it's relatively simple. This approach will result in much smaller Armbian builds, and thus shorter turnaround time. The latter will allow better testing.
  11. Sergei Steshenko

    Apparently no software management main menu entry

    This tells that you, the developers, by removing the main menu entry for software management (I remember something like "software boutique" in a pretty recent Armbian release: https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/06/ubuntu-mate-new-software-boutique ) worsened end user experience. I have no idea about your motives. But the result, in terms of Linux popularity and end user experiences reminds me of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pogo_(comic_strip)#.22We_have_met_the_enemy_and_he_is_us..22 . Synaptic is bearable from my originally not Debian user point of view, so IMO it should ALWAYS be included. I.e. simple software management operations can be done using Synaptic by simply navigating its menus which are pretty self-explanatory.
  12. Sergei Steshenko

    Apparently no software management main menu entry

    Anyway, Synaptic is ALREADY in the repository. The real issue is unwillingness of Armbian developers to have the package installed by default and have a main menu entry for it.
  13. Sergei Steshenko

    Apparently no software management main menu entry

    I think you don't understand the difference between "unable" and "unwilling".
  14. Sergei Steshenko

    Apparently no software management main menu entry

    "So you don't need it on a Linux system." - I do. Even though I've been using UNIX since 1991 and Linux since 1997. Among the distros I used are Mandrake -> Mandriva, RedHat, OpenSuse, LinuxMint. All four have different command line tools to deal with packages, even though the first three are RPM based. I do not want to spend time on learning command line tools that differ between various flavors of Linux.
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    Apparently no software management main menu entry

    And from https://wiki.debian.org/Synaptic : "Synaptic is installed by default in Debian if you choose the desktop task.". Exactly because of the "by default" I consider absence of Synaptic, even if it's just absence in the main menu, to be a bug. Because Armbian is an Ubuntu variant while Ubuntu is a derivative of Debian. Synaptic is not something that implements fringe functionality, it implements very basic functionality. On dependencies: https://ubuntu.pkgs.org/16.04/ubuntu-universe-amd64/synaptic_0.83_amd64.deb.html , https://ubuntu.pkgs.org/18.04/ubuntu-universe-amd64/synaptic_0.84.3ubuntu1_amd64.deb.html .