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Cubietruck - ready for mischief

In the last few days I finally found the time for fiddling with my Cubietruck again. I switched the harddisk for a small SSD I had laying around. Now it makes no noise at all.

After experimenting with Lubuntu for Cubietruck and not being satisfied with the newer "official" choices I decided to go with Igor's Debian Build. Wheezy is showing its age and with Jessie around the corner I chose the Jessie build - excited for systemd. The NAND-install script worked for me at the first try, perhaps because I've already had Lubuntu installed from my former experiments with the cubietruck,

Cubietruck - First obstacles

During the setup I encountered the first two obstacles. The first one was during the installation. I followed this instructions to install the supplied image of Lubuntu to the NAND memory. I decided to install the server release, but the steps are the same. I installed it under windows, so I had to download the PhoenixSuite instead of the LiveSuite. The first obstacle I encountered was that after the board entered FEL mode it did not get recognised by the PhoenixSuite. I figured it must be the missing driver, Windows complained earlier after connecticting the Cubietruck. You can find the driver in \PhoenixSuit\Drivers and install it via the Windows Device Manager. Right click on the unknown device and install the driver.

The second obstacle was to fit the Cubietruck into the case I bought. Luckily the announcement post for case comes with detailed instructions. I suggest you follow them to the letter. Be careful with the IR receiver.

New Hardware: Cubietruck

I got some new hardware: A Cubietruck (Cubieboard 3)

Over the following weeks I plan to configure and set it up as DNS and DHCP server for my home network. I also plan to put some network monitoring on it and a network share, mainly for music. I already run DNS and DHCP on a Raspberry Pi, but it's more of a makeshift setup and I want to use the Raspberry for other tasks. At the same time, a Raspberry Pi, due to its hardware limitations, is not the best device to offer network shares. I already have a full-blown home server but I don't run it 24/7 and I usually don't want to start it, just to listen to music from my collection that is not on Spotify.

Services I plan to run:

  • DNS

  • DHCP (with DDNS)

  • Network-Monitoring

  • SMB-Share

  • ???

If I run into obstacles while setting this up I plan to blog about them and how I overcome them.