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    Starting a oPi (Orange Pi) / Armbian Port?

    Hello!

    I have just started using piCorePlayer, since one of my Logitech Devices (Radio) broke down. First use for an old (first batch!) rPi I have had lying around for ages...

    However, I am also experimenting with orange Pi devices quite a lot, and yould be very interested to port this effort over to those devices (and also get into linux development again, which I have neglected for about ten years).

    I hope this post reaches the original guys behind piCorePlayer - and I hope this is not an "offensive" idea...

    Helpful would be some information about your build process.

    Hope to hear from you,

    kind regards,

    Arndt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cradle View Post
    Hello!

    I have just started using piCorePlayer, since one of my Logitech Devices (Radio) broke down. First use for an old (first batch!) rPi I have had lying around for ages...

    However, I am also experimenting with orange Pi devices quite a lot, and yould be very interested to port this effort over to those devices (and also get into linux development again, which I have neglected for about ten years).

    I hope this post reaches the original guys behind piCorePlayer - and I hope this is not an "offensive" idea...

    Helpful would be some information about your build process.

    Hope to hear from you,

    kind regards,

    Arndt
    Two main issues.

    1) Porting the piCore OS to your device
    2) modification of pCP code for hardware level requirements. (i.e. kernel commandline, boot configuration)

    For #1, I'll give you a link. http://forum.tinycorelinux.net/index...c,17895.0.html You will also need to get very familiar with how piCore works, there are books and wikis over there to read.

    Once you have a booting OS, then you can figure out what modifications are needed for pCP.

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    Hi Paul,

    thank you for your answer. I will start working on getting tc linux up and running, once I have done that I will get back to piCore.

    And I will wait until my Orange pi One arrives, since it is quite a hassle to get a display working on the smaller devices (no hdmi), so watching the boot process can be tedious.

    Kind regards,

    Arndt

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    Hi Arndt.

    I have no experience with the orange pi.
    So I'm interested in knowing why you want to port pCP to this device?

    The Rpi community is huge and the kernel is actively developed and finally there are many commercial Audio DAC's so it is well supported. I don't know if the orange pi have similar Audio DAC's or you can use the DAC's developed for RPi?

    The most important task for you is to get piCore (tinycore) running on your orange pi. Then pCP is only a collection of scripts that form the piCoreplayer interface.

    Regards
    Steen
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    Hi Steen,

    first of all: For the fun of it. And for educational purposes.

    And the second reason: I like fruit salad... I think raspberries and oranges can taste good together
    Although I have two rPis from the very first batch, I am not very fond of the shortage of the newer smaller rPis, which at last include all features we once had to add via usb, and for a reasonable price.
    Most shops have a "you get only one" policy, if they even have them in stock.

    I have 5 C.H.I.P.S. lying around, some oPis, all were very easy to source (those CHIPS not any longer). Whereas the rPis are often out of stock, or being paired with ridiculous shopping costs, or bundled with (for me) unecessary options.

    So I would simply like to try out some alternatives. Those CHIPS would be very well suited, as well, and they are open source hardware, like the rPi.

    But I don't want to argue, I want to try it simply for the sake of it.

    Kind regards,

    Arndt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cradle View Post
    first of all: For the fun of it. And for educational purposes.
    I ported the odroid C1 to piCore. My biggest gripe with these other boards is that there is no continued kernel support. Getting the OS to boot isn't much of a challenge, where all of the work comes into play is getting a minimal module set to make the install "tiny". But good luck.

    What I would worry about first is porting piCore to orange. You will get much more OS support over at tinycore. Once the OS is running, then we can continue a conversation here about the audio related stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cradle View Post
    ... But I don't want to argue, I want to try it simply for the sake of it.

    Kind regards,

    Arndt
    I didn't want to discourage you I simply wanted to understand better if you had some info on why an orange pi would be a better target.
    We were contacted some time ago by a guy who managed to port piCorePlayer to the beagleboard - I don't know if you can use any of his work for your development.
    The scripts he made can be found here: https://github.com/tuxuser/picore_to_bbb

    Good luck
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    Thank you for the hints. There is also someone whos says he got piCore up and running on a oPi board. I will wait for the oPi one and take it from there. I want to learn some stuff, but I don't want to reinvent the wheel, either.

    Kind regards,

    Arndt

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