Looking for a minimal Ubuntu or Debian distro for your $15 Orange Pi PC NAS? This post contains Debian Jessie and Ubuntu Vivid images – eventually there will be a build your own Orange Pi PC image guide too. This image is made possible by loboris on the Orange Pi forum and his thread he posted containing many desirable images. The Orange Pi PC is only at AliExpress for now. I have compiled an Ubuntu 15.04 and Debian Jessie which both include the HTPC Guides Installer available for download at the bottom of this post so if you just want to test the distro skip on down. You can also install the Installer using the instructions below.
Updated with Armbian image March 2016
Orange Pi PC Home Media Server Installer Image
|Orange Pi PC
|Orange Pi Mini 2
|Orange Pi 2
|Orange Pi Plus
The HTPC Guides Installer includes most of the goodies in the table below.
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Install HTPC Guides Media Server Installer
There are two options, the first of which is cloning the installer yourself onto your existing Orange Pi PC image. It is designed to be used on a fresh system and support Debian Wheezy and Jessie along with Ubuntu 14.x and later. The second option is to download the prepared image at the bottom of this post which has the installer preloaded for your convenience. The login credentials are root/htpcguides and pi/htpguides, for security reasons follow the initial setup guide to reset your SSH keys and password.
Install git or you can't grab easily update the repository when I add new features
sudo apt-get install git -y
Git clone the latest HTPC Guides Media Server Installer
sudo git clone https://github.com/blindpet/MediaServerInstaller /root/HTPCGuides
Using the Orange Pi PC Media Server Installer Image
Flash the Orange Pi PC image found at the bottom of this post, the default SSH username is root or pi with password htpcguides.
Expand the SD card root file system
You also should check the hosts file and add OrangePiPC (or whatever your hostname is)
sudo nano /etc/hosts
Match the hosts file to include OrangePiPC
127.0.0.1 localhost OrangePiPC
Ctrl+X, Y and Enter to save
Update the Orange Pi PC Kernel using these instructions and follow the prompts
com/loboris/OrangePi- BuildLinux/master/update_ kernel.sh
chmod +x update_kernel.sh
Running the HTPC Guides Installer
To get the IP of your headless Orange Pi PC server, log in to your router and check the DHCP table and look for the OrangePiPC entry.
Make sure you are root
Enter the HTPC Guides installer
Make sure the HTPC Guides installer is up to date
Execute the installer
sudo bash install.sh
Some required components will be installed, then you will be shown the installer menu.
Choose the item you want installed by pushing the Space bar key.
Install one item at a time!
Then click Tab to get to the Install button and press Enter.
For each program you will be prompted for the user to run the program as, this must be a user that exists (e.g. pi or orangepi) or the installer will exit. You should make sure the user has permissions for the directory you will be storing your media files (properly mount USB/SATA storage).
For Ubooquity you must exit root mode if you typed
sudo -i earlier
Ubooquity is having trouble autostarting on boot for now so I would recommend following the manual guide (the Raspberry Pi versions for now).
Orange Pi PC Media Server Installer Image
Here is the HTPC Guides Orange Pi PC Media Server Installer Image
Enjoy your cheap alternative to the Raspberry Pi with your Orange Pi PC Home Media Server.