Banana Pro: Which image to use?


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Hey Guys,

i own a Lemaker Banana Pro device. The hardware itself is very fine, no issues with it, but the software support is pretty low.

 

When i check internet, i see at least two images for it:

 

Armbian Bionic - mainline based kernel 4.19.y

Armbian Stretch- mainline based kernel 4.19.y

 

I recognize that Armbian Stretch is based on Debian 9, which is the old Debian Version at all, so i am not willing to install it. But i wonder how it is with Bionic? Is Armbian Bionic based on Ubuntu Bionic Beaver? Is it that what i means? How long will the support run for this Bionic image? For me it doesnt matter if i install debian or ubuntu on my BPro, since its stable & software supported.

thanks guys!

 

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18 minutes ago, Schlotze83! said:

But i wonder how it is with Bionic? Is Armbian Bionic based on Ubuntu Bionic Beaver?


Correct. https://docs.armbian.com/#what-is-armbian

 

19 minutes ago, Schlotze83! said:

How long will the support run for this Bionic image?

 

Usually longer than upstream. Kernel wise we are ahead. Kernel is always the best one - not tied to the particular build version (as this is the case with Debian or Ubuntu) and they are more polished.

 

Support is defined this way https://docs.armbian.com/#what-is-supported For example, this board (since its very matured) is already stashed away. We don't deal specifically with it anymore. There will be nothing new, but changes for entire Allwinner (A20) family come to this board as well ...
 

19 minutes ago, Schlotze83! said:

For me it doesnt matter if i install debian or ubuntu on my BPr

 

If you need something that is not at the download pages, you can easily build latest version on your own. Perhaps Debian Buster? Minimal, server or desktop?
https://github.com/armbian/build

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