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tagline: From openSUSE

The Banana Pi is an AllWinner A20 (sun7i) based single board computer that tries to maintain compatibility with Raspberry Pi third-party options as much as possible. At the time of release, it was an alternative to the Raspberry Pi that offered more capable hardware at a similar price point.

Technical Data

  • AllWinner A20 SoC
    • 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A7 dual-core CPU
    • Mali400MP2 GPU (but no kernel support yet!)
  • 1 GB DDR3 RAM
  • SD Card Slot
  • e-SATA connector
  • Built-in HDMI and composite outputs
  • Extensible via LVDS connector
  • HDMI audio and 3.5mm stereo out/microphone in
  • Gigabit ethernet
  • 2 USB 2.0 pors
  • 1 USB OTG port
  • Powered by either separate microUSB or pin header
  • 26-pin GPIO header compatible with Raspberry Pi
  • Serial port RS-232 via GPIO header
  • Camera connector
  • IR Receiver

Installing the openSUSE Tumbleweed image

  1. Download the image you want (Leap is stable, Tumbleweed is rolling) from here:
    Susemini.png
    Version:
    Tumbleweed
    JeOS image E20 image XFCE image LXQT image X11 image
    If the direct links above do not work for you (as we are constantly building new images), please check the general download directory for the images.
  2. As root extract the image onto your SD card (replace sdX with the device name of your SD card).
    WARNING: all previous data on the SD card will be lost. Check first if the device you have selected is really your SD card!
     xzcat [image].raw.xz | dd bs=4M of=/dev/sdX iflag=fullblock oflag=direct; sync
  3. Alternatively can download Etcher, an open source tool to flash your image graphically.

  4. Insert the SD card with the openSUSE image into your Banana Pi.
  5. Connect the Banana Pi to your PC via serial port (optional, but helpful for debugging; USB-TTL serial cable needed).
  6. Connect the Banana Pi to your monitor (via DVI/HDMI, optional).
  7. Power on the Banana Pi.
  8. Ethernet is configured to request an IP via DHCP, check your DHCP server for the Banana Pi IP if used.
  9. Have a lot of fun...

Default login is root:linux, works on serial console, via ssh, GUI.


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