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  1. I get the sense I will be much better off with the newer version (in the case of ZFS). However, as I am now become a "ZFS system administrator" I have gone back to more actively monitoring their mailing list.
  2. To clarify, OP wrote "Board: Not on the list" which was the last line in his post. No idea what they meant by that. If you look closely at the edit note below that, you will see a reason. It is the same as your own post immediately above this one. Anyway, in my case, my edit to OP was simply to "put long output inside spoiler" and that's all I did.
  3. Following the @lanefu School of Systems Administration ("here, hold my beer!"), I decided to just give it a go. And IT VEERRRRRKS! Here are step by step instructions for my fellow nervous, trepidatious sorts out there: 1. Install kernel headers. I did this through armbian-config (Software -> Headers_install), rather than dicker around trying to figure out which exact package I needed for my board and architecture. 2. Issue the following command: $ sudo apt -t buster-backports install zfs-dkms zfsutils-linux Note: I did not have
  4. EDIT: Solution in next post (this started as a question; yeah maybe I should have split it, but whatever). Apologies if this is dumb question. I finally got my hands on some appropriate (64-bit) hardware, and ready to install software now. I have read so many threads (in Kobol Club and elsewhere), Issues (at GitHub as well as Atlassian) and I think this is solved by now (on Armbian) but cannot confirm? Official install instructions (on OpenZFS website) don't really seem applicable to Armbian (kernel headers will be different, etc.). I guess what
  5. You know, at one point I thought "maybe I should just try" (exactly as you say). I dunno, I prefer to actually try to read/research and know what I am doing beforehand as much as possible. But I know, some times you have to just go for it. EDIT: I figured it out, simple instructions now here: ZFS "just works" now on Armbian (2 step instructions if you are thick like me)!
  6. I will be doing just regular NAS for bulk storage on spinning rust (large, inexpensive 3.5" HDDs). Maybe a story will illustrate. I will try and keep it short. So, few years ago I bought a Cubietruck because you could connect directly an HDD with this little add on power board. I barely knew anything about GNU/Linux at the time. So it was half playing around. Getting back into tech stuff that I had got away from for a long time, because life happened in the meantime (when I was young, I used to play a lot more with computers and stuff). Anyway, so this toy / experi
  7. Well, my interests were more in a practical "how do I install it", assuming regular tools and command line, etc. (personally, I don't prefer GUI stuff like OMV). ZFS is the cat's meow, if you are concerned about reliable filesystems. If you are not aware of what it is and how it works, do yourself a favor and spend a few minutes reading about it. It's very impressive! And amazing to me that mere mortals like us can nowadays obtain industrial grade filesystems like this, thanks to the power of F/LOSS! I do appreciate the offer though, mate.
  8. I guess, as long as we can find these cheap cards on AliExpress (or wherever), and they are supported in Linux, the only other thing to test will perhaps be longer term reliability? Like you, I also plan on building more of these ARM based NAS (eventually). This one is just a bit of a prototype. So I may get different cards in future. In which case I will try and remember to report back results here (or perhaps even better, add them to Pine64 wiki). I did not think about a 5 port card, I guess it would be useful for some 2 + 2 mirrors plus a hot spare. Not a bad ide
  9. Finally had time to play with this today. I had same problem as you, @soerenderfor. I did not recognize it at first however, because the card showed up in lspci right out of the box, without me having to do anything: trs80@rockpro64:~$ lspci 00:00.0 PCI bridge: Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics Co., Ltd RK3399 PCI Express Root Port 01:00.0 SATA controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88SE9230 PCIe SATA 6Gb/s Controller (rev 11) But the HDD(s) were not showing up in lsblk. So I search internet again for "88SE9230 linux" which led me to this helpful thread at Pine64 forums di
  10. I am not familiar with that software in particular, but in general, if it works on Debian, it should work on Armbian. Some of these emulators though come in the form of Debian (or other) packages, and some as a whole ready to go distro in their own right. You would be looking for the former, if you want to install in Armbian. But some times there are some multimedia optimizations, where you might be better off with the whole distro version.
  11. @@lex, I must admit that some of your "noob" questions are even a bit beyond me, at least at the moment. There are a couple relevant factors in play from my end at the moment: 1. So far, I have done only surface level playing around. My time is limited currently, as I am heading back to work and during these periods I have little to no time for anything at all outside of work. 2. Honestly I am only a low to mid level wizard in my own right after all. With that out of the way, I will do my best to answer you. I guess you
  12. Being a noob is not a problem, mate. Only nasty / entitled attitudes are. And expecting people to do things for you. Neither of which I see here (in fact you seem grateful, which is proper IMO). As long as you are making some sort of effort to learn, more experienced people will (generally) be happy to help (see also "how to ask questions" link in my sig for more on this). Some more strategic level things are also not immediately apparent to the newcomer. But we were all there at one point. Just keep trying to learn as much as you can. Lurking the forums (and/or IRC) is real
  13. Sorry, no, I did not realize the thread we were in at all (I got here from All Activity stream and was replying to the two posts above mine). Anyway, back to the topic. Just today I came across bmap-tools, which not only appears to perform the all-important write verification, but also apparently have some advantages over tools like dd because it is capable of writing sparse file maps, and thus can save a lot of time while writing (depending on the image). Another interesting feature, you can give it a URL as an argument and it will download the image and then flash it all in one
  14. Thank you for the kind words. They are always appreciated. I just did the same for a friend's laptop I installed GNU/Linux on. Since he is new to it and (much) less technically inclined than myself, I was almost certain he will need me to remote in at some point to help him with some problem or another. A (perhaps?) little known fact is that WireGuard can do NAT "for free" if you set PersistentKeepalives on the remote end, and you have a fixed URL / IP address (or a DNS update service) at your end. Which it sounds like you have (same as I do). I
  15. I started playing with my PinePhone last night. It's KDE Community Edition, so out of box it comes with Manjaro KDE installed (which can be changed of course) and the KDE logo on back cover plate. Probably would not have been my first choice, but I just wanted whatever was available at the time. I gave Manjaro KDE a fair shake I think. From what I have been reading / watching, it has apparently come a long way in the last few months. It definitely looks/feels like KDE (I used to use KDE when I first came to GNU/Linux). I thought it actually looked qui