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Create mini Linux servers using the Odroid C2

Discussion in 'Linux Server' started by Rob, Jun 29, 2017.

  1. Rob

    Rob Administrator
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    If you're into trying out various distributions or enjoy having various Linux 'servers' to ssh into and play around with, then you should get started with single-board computers. They're cheap, robust and fun.

    This quick tutorial focuses on the Odroid c2. The features vastly outweigh what's available for the popular Raspberry Pi.

    • Faster and cooler than Raspberry Pi 2/3
    • Fast IO
    • Great for NAS or Media Center
    • 2GHz Quad Core Cortex-A53 64 Bit ARMv8
    • 2GB DDR3
    • Gigabit Ethernet
    • HDMI 2.0, 4K60
    While you can hook up a monitor to them, I use them a bit differently.

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    Odroid #1
    • Kali Linux
    • The main ssh target for my home network from the outside
    • Automation: automatically turns on and off several larger servers for Linux.org backups and such.
    Odroid #2
    • Ubuntu
    • Monitoring: Smokeping - nice latency graphs to various servers (Linux.org, etc..)
    • Monitoring: Nagios - Most of you are familiar with nagios.. monitoring software for server health. It keeps an eye on my web projects like Linux.org
    Odroid #3
    • Arch Linux
    • Mostly testing - also a local target for smokeping and nagios to help find network issues
    Odroid #4
    • Ubuntu
    • Mostly testing as well as another local target
    I also bought cases for mine and am using the micro-usb port for power, although they do have a regular power adapter plug if you like.

    Future projects? I have #1 and #2 pretty well set and love what they do. I'll likely keep one for testing various things but am still figuring out what to use #4 for. What are you using your single-boards for?

    You can purchase these lots of places, but Amazon seems to have the best shipping/deals on them.

    The case shown there is from Ameridroid. They're also available on Amazon.

    For more information on the Odroid line, visit the hardkernel site: http://www.hardkernel.com/

    List of various distributions you can use: http://odroid.com/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=en:odroid-c2

    Images and graphs:
    c2.jpg c2-2.jpg c2-iperf.jpg c2-readwrite.jpg
     
    #1 Rob, Jun 29, 2017
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  2. ryanvade

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    Personally, I would go with the Pine64 instead of the C2. About the same specs for half the cost..even if the Arch builds are no longer available.
     
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  3. Sid Boyce

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    I have a PINE A64+ and it no way comes close to the performance of the ODROID-C2 of which I have 3 deployed.
    It is much quicker than the PINE A64+ just based on specs and it's even quicker if using an eMMC.
    The PINE 64 also occupies a much larger footprint which precludes it's use in 3 of my projects where space is at a premium.

    BTW - the ODROID-C2's maximum clock speed is 1.54GHz.
    Changed from 2.0GHz on the hardkernel website after it was discovered.
    A query was raised with Amlogic but nothing has so far been explained.
     
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