Stock Ubuntu Server for ARM vs. Armbian?

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Hi @all,


is it possible to run a stock Ubuntu Server for ARM (https://ubuntu.com/download/server/arm) on my Banana Pi M1? Don't get me wrong: I love the Armbian images but I try to understand the differences...


Thanks in advance

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Armbian is a community driven open source project. Do you like to contribute your code?

quick answer is the official arm images from upstream linux distributions don't support most SBCS's off-the-shelf.    Generally they expect UEFI and support "Server-Ready" class ARM hosts.


Most SBCs don't have UEFI, and need custom u-boot configurations for the initial bootstrapping of the boards.   Armbian provides this.


Additionally Armbian provides kernels that have patches to enable hardware functionality on most SBCs that have not otherwise made it into upstream kernels.

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