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Using a Mac for prepping the SD-card for an ODROID-C1+

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/02/12

Some notes based on The woods and trees of OpenSuSE on single-board computers – image abbreviations – and getting it installed using OS X « The Wiert Corner – irregular stream of stuff.

I needed to get Ubuntu on an ODROID-C1+ (as it looks like nobody is maintaining a current OpenSuSE for it).

Installing the ODROID-C1+ image using OS X

Download image

Download either of these (note that “minimal” is different from “mate minimal”; see from

Put image on SD card

I installed on a 8 gigabyte SD card that revealed itself as /dev/disk1 using this diskutil command (via osx – List all devices connected, lsblk for Mac OS X – Ask Different [WayBack])

diskutil list

So this wrote the image to SD card in a sudo su - prompt:

unxz --keep ubuntu-16.04-minimal-odroid-c1-20160817.img.xz; \
diskutil umount "/dev/${targetDevice}s1"; \
dd bs=1m of="/dev/r${targetDevice}" if=ubuntu-16.04-minimal-odroid-c1-20160817.img; \
sync; \
diskutil list; \
diskutil eject "/dev/${targetDevice}"

Boot and first time steps on Odroid

Use the default user and password that [WayBackODROID Forum • View topic – Ubuntu Minimal User / Password mentions:

odroid login: root
Password: odroid

From there, create a new user and add it to the sudo group (I used visudo to check the correct group for sudoers) :

adduser jeroenp
addgroup jeroenp sudo

And then hook it up to the network and get the IP address:


Now you can ssh into the odroid with user jeroenp and the password assigned to it. You can also perform a sudo su - to get to root level.

ssh and configure a few things

First of all, install etckeeper as it’s a life saver:

apt-get install etckeeper

This will install some other packages, but that’s OK; it will end suggesting you to enter email address, name and perform an initial commit:

Initialized empty Git repository in /etc/.git/

*** Please tell me who you are.


  git config --global ""
  git config --global "Your Name"

to set your account's default identity.
Omit --global to set the identity only in this repository.

fatal: unable to auto-detect email address (got 'root@odroid.(none)')
etckeeper commit failed; run it by hand

Do that:

cd /etc
git config --global ""
git config --global "Example User"
git commit -m "initial commit"

Now perform these steps:

  1. Change the root password
  2. Disable etckeeper daily autocommits
  3. Change the hostname
  4. Update/Upgrade/Distribution-upgrade
  5. Fix the cursor in console mode

Change root password:

# sudo su -
# passwd
Enter new UNIX password:
Retype new UNIX password:
passwd: password updated successfully

Disable etckeeper daily autocommits involves one line in /etc/etckeeper/etckeeper.conf:


Change the hostname; assuming your new host name is newHostName.

  1. edit /etc/hosts and replace the old hostname with newHostName
  2. Perform these commands:
    hostnamectl set-hostname newHostName
    exec bash
    hostname -f

Both the command prompt and the hostname output should show newHostName.


apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

Fix the cursor in console mode:

Somehow the Odroid C1+ does not support a blinking hardware text cursor.



Posted in Development, Hardware Development, Linux, Odroid, openSuSE, Raspberry Pi, SuSE Linux, Tumbleweed, Ubunto | Leave a Comment »

Some links on multicast networking, Raspberry Pi and DVB USB adapters that help you build a TV server

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/12/26

A cool set of YouTube videos by CWNE88:

The USB device used here is this one:

Tuner is AVerMedia AVerTV Volar Green
There are 2 models, but the good one uses firmware dvb-usb-it9135-02.fw The other one uses dvb-usb-af9035-02.fw but that didn’t seem to work as well and got hot. They look the same on the outside though.
ID 07ca:3835 AVerMedia Technologies, Inc. AVerTV Volar Green HD (A835B)


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MX Backup – Postfix Email Server |

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/11/09

Interesting as it has steps for both OpenSuSE and Debian each well suited for running on a Raspberry Pi.

[WayBackMX Backup – Postfix Email Server |

It seems postfix is a lot easier to configure than sendmail so I already like it.

First I need to read a bit more in Postfix greylisting.

I’ll need to catch up on Sam’s other parts with the postfix tag as well:


Posted in *nix, *nix-tools, Debian, Development, Hardware Development, Linux, openSuSE, Power User, Raspberry Pi, Raspbian, sendmail, SuSE Linux, Tumbleweed | Leave a Comment »

ModMyPi | Cluster HAT Kit Inc. 4 x Raspberry Pi Zero

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/10/30

Interesting stuff; I wonder if there is a case for it as well:

The Cluster HAT interfaces a (Controller) Raspberry Pi A+/B+/2/3 with 4 Raspberry Pi Zeros Configured to use USB Gadget mode, it is an ideal tool for teaching, testing or simulating small scale clusters.

This Kit Includes 1 x Cluster HAT V2, 4 x Raspberry Pi Zero’s, 4 x 16GB Micro SD Cards.

Please Note. A Raspberry Pi B+/2/3, with SD Card & Power Supply are also required for set up. These items are NOT Included in the Kit but can be purchased separately.

Source: [WayBackModMyPi | Cluster HAT Kit Inc. 4 x Raspberry Pi Zero

Via Matthijs ter Woord.


Posted in Development, Hardware Development, Hardware Interfacing, Raspberry Pi | 2 Comments »

UPS PIco HV3.0 documentation not on github: “03_0x38_W_UPS PIco HV3.0.pdf”

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/10/17

I ordered a UPS PIco HV3.0 A Stack 450 Plus and it arrived without any documentation on how to solder the parts together.

So I tried searching for them: which turned mostly github based URLs.

I learned there is a bit on github:

But despite code and documentation being there, no installation instructions on how to solder the stuff together.

Luckily, they responded quickly to my tweet So I got my “UPS PIco HV3.0 A Stack 450 Plus” @ModMyPi but no assembly instructions. Where do all the non-soldered parts go when using RPi3? and a quick respons thread revealing I needed 03_0x38_W_UPS PIco HV3.0.pdf which – TADAAAA – is on Google drive and on the forums at [WayBackUPS PIco Firmware Update & Troubleshooting : Technical Support

So despite github providing an excellent platform for discussion and storing documentation, something archaic like a forum is used to store data in a disorganised way.

Too bad, as the document itself is 100+ page of invaluable documentation.

So in case of future bit-rot, here are the links:

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