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  1. I bought this software (https://www.toonly.com/) a few months ago. With it you could make explanation videos. Maybe we can find someone that has a few hours to develop a small video which can tell the people your site of the story. Users must watch this video before they are accepted on the forum. If no one has the time for it than there are cheap offers on Fiverr. There are lots of developers which work in foreign countries were they can make cheap offerings. A customer of mine uses such videos to explain complex processes. Most people doesn't read forum documentation or instructions when they can simply ask. So to communicate this properly I suggest to force them to do a survey, watch a video or take quizzes to learn for what the Armbian Forum really is. Next problem I see is, that administrators or others are searching the web for their work with ARM based SBCs. The more they find topics on the Armbian Forum that help them the more of such people will come to this place. Therefore you should describe this once and anyone has to know this before they use this platform.
  2. Because @guidol mentioned the German saying "Der Ton macht die Musik" I thought for myself why not making this "Bug report" a default gateway for new or even for senior users to get them to the right place. Not only for bugs. Something like "Armbians friendly assisstant", "The gateway to your answers" or more simple "Armbian Helper". I mean this is much more work and I don't know if all of my ideas are even possible to do with the software used for this forum. But I think this would prevent a lot of moderator work in the future. One could at more questions on the front page like: Issue building Issue running Issue with third party hardware (W-Lan adapter, USB soundcard and so forth) Issue with third party software (Questions like: "htop doesn't show a thing", "Messing around with iptables" or "apache2 webserver behaves wrong" I have improvement suggestions for Armbian I have a cool tutorial to show other Armbians what I accomplished with this awesome operating system ^^ I want to sell things... Others If some selects "Others" we could move the user to a forum named "Decision making" or something like that. Moderators get informed about this inquiry and can help the user to get to the right place. Automatic topic creation Another suggestion would be to add all supported or known SBCs to the end of each survey. To get this feature up and running, the form has to have the ability to create a new topic on the forum. The user can choose their board here. When they complete a survey a new topic will be created including multiple tags. SBC Name tag Supported/unsupported tag maybe the user could be enabled to add his own tags like (iptables, apache2, ram issue, ...) or choose from some predefined tags like (Security, Server, Newbie Question, ...) With this feature topics could be created logically inside the right forum and Armbian developers would be able to make fast decisions by looking at the tags and the content the users provide. Help for moderators This catalog of questions could at least serve us moderators on our daily work. New moderators could easily make their decisions about a topic by answering a few questions.
  3. IMO, the import and export functionality is needed to export the current form, its responses and other things so you can easily change from google forms to another plugin. So this is my answer to your request: I didn't know this, so I researched and asked if there's a possibility to do that. After ten minutes of research I asked for it to prevent hours of investigation. So it wasn't really work I did here ; ) Google form is able to export the current survey and you could import all that data to another form plugin. But you can't import any .csv or other files to the plugin I suggested. As far as I can see this, you have to setup the whole form inside the new plugin. I don't know how much data/work this is and therefore I asked if it is possible to import google forms data. I don't know which benefits google forms really has to you, but with this plugin you can do any type of surveys, quizzes, ask for feedback and other things. So for the question: "Is it better or has it the same functionality then google form" my answers are: - It's self-hosted so it's not google which relates to the statement of Werner (We are also aware that using Google forms is everything but ideal but in my opinion it is a good point to start with) for me google isn't an ideal solution because google properly owns the whole Internet and this harms the freedom of the internet. ; ) - I know that the form creation is simple - I think that on this page https://eform.live/examples/ under the section "Other features" the form "Format String on Redirect URL" shows an easy example to redirect the user to the proper solution... but there are others too. - And you can easily analyse the reports (a very simple example of it attached as image) So this is my answer ; ) BTW: I have nothing to do with the development of this plugin. It only came in my mind, because I already used it, it was easy to use, self-hosted and and as far as I can see this, has any functionality that google forms used for the bug report has. Haha still sounds like bad advertising ^^
  4. Okay, it seems to be rocket since ^^ to me it looked like if they encrypt the data that is exported. There's only one way to export the data and you can only import data exported by the plugin. (https://wpquark.com/kb/fsqm/fsqm-other-features/importing-and-exporting-fsqm-forms/) On the other hand, with google forms you can export all your data easily as a .csv file (https://support.google.com/sites/answer/9759608?hl=en) So I asked the developer of the plugin directly for help and received following answer: On my research I found another survey plugin. I'll take a closer look an that too.
  5. I'll take a closer look into that : )
  6. Hi @Werner a good self hosted form plugin I use in Wordpress is this one: https://eform.live/ If this is something you need I would offer you to make an extra $40,- donation to Armbian to buy the plugin.
  7. Moved to Feature Requests because this is more like an enhancement idea then a common issue
  8. Moved to "Common issues/Peer-to-peer technical support"
  9. Hi @mrjpaxton this forum is an opensource project that focuses mainly on the development of Armbian. So maybe you try your luck here https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Working_with_the_serial_console But feel free to write here if you'll solve your issue ; )
  10. Providing logs with armbianmonitor -u helps with troubleshooting and significantly raises chances that issue gets addressed.
  11. Maybe you ought to try http://xrdp.org/ A tutorial: https://linuxize.com/post/how-to-install-xrdp-on-debian-10/ VNC isn't secure. A way to secure VNC would be to tunnel the connection through SSH and such configuration is much more frustrating. XRDP on the other hand runs very smoothly on most machines, you shouldn't run into issues when you have no Display jacked in and you're able to secure the connection with SSL/TLS I'm not that experienced with XRDP or VNC but my headaches are decreasing since using XRDP ^^
  12. Yes. But I'm not sure about all dependencies. I already described a few of them above. But if anything goes wrong you still have all configuration files and your data inside the backup. So in a worst case scenario you would need to reinstall the software you're using and simply recover the configuration files from the backup. You can recover your home directory at anytime and if you gather a few insights about the software you're using you'd be able to transfer a single application from one system to another on runtime. A research with: whereis <your-application> an the knowledge about the distribution your using (What is systemd?) gives you that ability. But for this scenario it would be more simple to install the software on the new system and transfer the configuration files from the old one. Okay long story short. If you know what dependencies the installation of Armbian creates (e.g. The UUID= inside the /etc/fstab) you can simply recover all your data with rsync using the --exclude option. It's been a long time I did this so I cannot give you a complete example but if you did the rsync backup first you'll always (in worst case manually) be able to recover your system. Another way I just remembered, if you backup the MBR of your eMMC after installing your system you'd be able to recovery the system like following. Recover the MBR first, create the system partition and recover and overwrite the partition with rsync using your backup data. So you don't need to reinstall the armbian image first. But this one is not for "on runtime" recovery approaches. I have a research project about this. I did this approach on a few banana pis in the past. Maybe you can find a few code snippets in here. Backup https://github.com/rothirschtec/ARM-backup-recovery/blob/master/RTbackup.sh Recovery https://github.com/rothirschtec/ARM-backup-recovery/blob/master/RTrecovery.sh I got lost on this backup projects because the banana pi images made me crazy. But maybe I'll restart the development. So following the projects on github might be interesting. ; )
  13. You can simply backup your device with rsync -> https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Rsync#Full_system_backup Because Armbian is Linux and Linux installs all it software as packages it doesn't depend on a registry like Windows. One big benefit that comes from this is, that you can simply make a "copy" from the whole system. Rsync, in that particular case is able to deal with symlinks and is therefore able to manage a complete image of your system. If the worst case happens and you need to setup your data on a different board you can simply recover it with these steps Write the Armbian image to the emmc disk Overwrite all the data with your rsync data You need to be aware of the /etc/fstab after a fresh installation the UUID might change. If you overwrite it with your old UUID the system might not boot again. On a full recovery you should also not overwrite following partitions "/dev/" "/proc/" "/sys/" "/tmp/" "/run/" "/mnt/" "/media/" "/boot/" To be safe you also need to save the related Armbian image to each backup. If you change, for example, from Armbian-Stretch to Armbian-Buster and you want to recover it you need to dd the image onto the SD card and overwrite it with your backup like described above. If you simply want to test configurations or new software you should in theory add a USB stick to your device and rsync the whole system to a directory on it. Please don't simply use these lines in your environment. Test such things always in a test environment ; ) Backup mount /dev/YOURUSBSTICK/ /media/usb-backups/ rsync -aAXv --exclude={"/dev/*","/proc/*","/sys/*","/tmp/*","/run/*","/mnt/*","/media/*","/lost+found"} / /media/usb-backups/VERSION/ Recovery rsync -aAXv --exclude={"/dev/*","/proc/*","/sys/*","/tmp/*","/run/*","/mnt/*","/media/*","/lost+found","/boot"} --delete /media/backups/VERSION/ / reboot rsync and SSH Okay now comes the best part. You can combine SSH with rsync to backup and recover your device over the network from another device. Adding this rsync to a cronjob you can create automated backups for your own without buying a backup software. The FLOSS way so to say ; ) If you're interested, I've tried to take some time off to develop a backup recovery environment in the past. It's written in bash and is still somewhat in alpha state but maybe you can find some code pieces that'll help you with your backups. https://github.com/rothirschtec/RT-Blog-SBE In the end, you get the ability to create a backup device with this script and configure it to backup multiple devices automatically.
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