I was mildly disappointed in a couple things.
- No emmmc memory But it does have an SSD slot. I snagged a fast 1T sdram so I am not concerned.
- 5V/4A. That's right. 4A. Most of the USB C power supplies I have are 3A. I suspect 4A is a requirement when you have all the components attached (i.e. an SSD). So I am using a 3A, but will get a juicier power supply.
I am a fan of Ubuntu, so I snagged the server image via the orangepi.org and https://github.com/Joshua-Riek/ubuntu-rockchip/releases/tag/v1.14.
I always snag the server image so I have less junk installed/to remove.
I then encounted the same pain-point with regard to wireless adapter support. My AE6000 wasn't supported but an older 2.4 RTL8188CUS was kicking around so I got connected after the usual battle with manually setting up netplan.
Then I installed xorg, xfce4, and chromium. X11 started without issue.
But as soon as I installed mesa-utils and ran glmark2... What the hell do you mean software rendering? Where is my Mali-G610 driver?!
This resulted in much anger and finding little interesting on the web. But I did find some pointers...
sudo apt install mali-g610-firmware sudo add-apt-repository ppa:liujianfeng1994/panfork-mesa sudo apt update sudo apt upgradeThank you LiuJian you are a hero!
So now its off to run some benchmarks!