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  1. Thanks for the comments. I think I'm probably going to get one. > install Armbian based on buster but with 4.14.y kernel OK; https://www.armbian.com/odroid-hc1/ is offering Stretch on 4.14 and Buster (minimal) on 5.4. Presumably there is some way to get what I need; I'll worry about the details later. I believe that I need Samba >= 4.8. Regarding TimeMachine, I have got the impression that using newish Samba is preferable to using netatalk in some way, though I don't recall the details.
  2. Hi Everyone, I'm considering getting an ODROID-HC1 to use as a simple NAS. Is this a good idea? (Yes, some of you will have seen my very similar post about the Espressobin!) My requirements are quite basic; a single SATA SSD and a single ethernet port, running NFS and Samba. I do need a newish version of Samba (required to support "Time Machine" backup from my Mac) which I believe is in Debian Buster but not in Stretch. I've been a Debian user for decades; I guess I might be happier if the hardware supplier provided a Debian image, but it's great that Armbian is available. I note that Armbian Buster for this board is described as "Testing"; should I wait for a bit until it is more mature? Good things about this board include the mechanical design. I have some other ODROID boards (C2s) and I'm reasonably happy with them. I am slightly put off by the use of a USB-to-SATA adaptor chip, but maybe that is an unreasonable prejudice. The requirement for a wobbly SD card (rather than e.g. eMMC or booting directly from the SATA device) is another minor worry. The Exynos SoC seems to be quite old, but on the other hand that should mean it is a proven design and the software support is mature. What's the verdict? I'm looking for something that "just works"; I don't want to have to fiddle around with things for days! (I've done enough of that in the past.) Thanks, Phil.
  3. Thanks for the comments and suggestions everyone. The other option that I've been considering is the ODROID-HC1. I guess I'll post a similar question about that in the appropriate forum.
  4. Hi Everyone, I'm considering getting an Espressobin to use as a simple NAS. Is this a good idea? My requirements are quite basic; a single SATA SSD and a single ethernet port, running NFS and Samba. I do need a newish version of Samba (required to support "Time Machine" backup from my Mac) which I believe is in Debian Buster but not in Stretch. I've been a Debian user for decades; I guess I might be happier if the hardware supplier provided a Debian image, but it's great that Armbian is available. This board's hardware looks good; it has a SATA connector. But there are a few posts here mentioning stability issues, related to power supply hardware or possibly u-boot. And the board has recently had an update (v7) which may have made it better in some ways but less reliable??? Anyway, I'm posting this mainly to see if anyone shouts "No, Bad Idea!". What's the verdict? I'm looking for something that "just works"; I don't want to have to fiddle around with things for days! (I've done enough of that in the past.) Also: can anyone recommend an enclosure that would take this board and an SSD? Also2: is it correct that I don't need an SD card or eMMC if I have an external SATA disk for the root filesystem? Thanks, Phil.