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  1. 5 hours ago, martinayotte said:

    Just as a side note : you can also do the reverse, installing Ubuntu as you main OS and use VirtualBox to run Win10 inside a VM ... :P

    I have mostly used Armbian stretch on banana pro. Will Debian provide the same functionality, or do I have to switch to Ubuntu when this board arrives? 

  2. 7 hours ago, balbes150 said:

    The performance of RK3399 is very good :)


    9 hours ago, jeanrhum said:

    I don't agree with desktop horrible performance.


    Thanks for the response jeanrhum and balbes150. Being a novice in this field, I was nervous, but your testimony helps me to go ahead and order the board. As you already know, it is not just just the money, but significant amount of time novice like me have to spend on getting the system to work. My goal is to use get rid of virtual machine on my Window 10 pc to do linux homework, and use this board with Linux Desktop to do all that work, in addition to use the board as file, openvpn and pihole server.

  3. 9 hours ago, jeanrhum said:

    I haven't this board, but here is my opinion about your questions:


    Thanks jeanrhum.


    I am little concerned about rk3399 boards after watching this review of 6  rk3399 boards. The conclusion was that the chip is fine for android but not for desktop. Since I will be using the linux desktop for computer science programming assignments, I am not sure what to do.


    Do you or anyone else has a feedback on this video? Please fast forward to 4 minutes to hear his conclusion about horrible linux desktop performance.



  4. On 6/18/2019 at 10:44 PM, renedis said:

    NanoPi M4 or RockPro64 indeed. A OrangePI 3 would do the job also if the PCI-E was OK.

    I have compared nanopi m4 with rockpro64 and settled on naopi m4. For sata support, I will also get sata hat which will support 4 sata drives.


    Can you please help me with these questions before I place the order.


    0) For my needs is 2gb ram enough or do i get 4 gb for another $30? 


    1) I have only one sata drive. It is 3 terabyte inside an enclosure which has its own power supply, and an esata port. I had connected that drive to Banana Pro sata input with a esata/sata cable (one end esata into enclosure and other into banano pro sata input). Will this cable also work with sata hat?


    2) Since I have only one drive with it's own power supply, and additionally since I will be only using this board as a pihole, openvip, and webserver, do I need to by any fan or heatsink?


    3) And finally, I could not find any acrylic or metal case to protect the board. Is there such a case? Since my board will be lying out on my office desk, just worried about having this run 24/7 without any protective case.


    Thanks  for any replies and help.

  5. I need some advise on RK3399 board. I looked at orange pi rk3399 because it has a sata support. However, going through the posts here, it sounded a little scary, i.e.  TP50265 shorting to allow booting from sd card before writing it to eMMC.


    Is there any other RK3399 board with sata support I can buy?



  6. I have used banana pro for several years now as samba server for a sata drive, and pihole/openvpn server. My operating system Is:


    ARMBIAN 5.87.190520 nightly Debian GNU/Linux 9 (stretch) 5.1.3-sunxi .


    I have tried several stable distributions before the may 5, 2019 nightly build, but all have the same issues.


    1) Every few days I will loose network connectivity. The board is on, I can see that, but I can not ssh into it. Even the hdmi console will not respond. Apparently, the system just hangs somewhere.

    2) There are times when network is fine, I can ssh, but openvpn server just stops responding. Restarting openvpn server does not do make it work. I have to reboot the system to get everything to work.


    So to avoid all that, I have created a cron job to reboot the system every night at 4 am. So far so good.


    I am afraid that either my board is failing, or the power supply is failing. I have use this board for 4 years, so I happy to retire it and buy a new board.


    I need recommendation to replace banana pro. I have a sata drive that I want to use it as NAS, and also use the board as pihole and vpn server. If the board is powerful, I may use it as apache sever using wordpress software for publishing blogs. Right now I am using Pogoplug V4 for that purpose, and I can retire that also.

    I do not need to use it for kodi or video, but an hdmi port would be nice, since I do use it with xfce desktop to do some of my computer science programming and machine learning assignments.


    Thank  you for any recommendation in advance. By the way my budget is $100 to $150 including a case and microsd card if needed.