Stock Ubuntu Server for ARM vs. Armbian?


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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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