February 2017


We recently built an ODROID-VU8 kit (USD$90 at http://bit.ly/2k8bML5), and now have a great 64-bit Ubuntu 16.04 touchscreen tablet with Gigabit Ethernet. The 1024 x 768 resolution is perfect for both Android and Linux, and the case allows an ODROID-C0, C1, C1+ or C2 to be mounted inside while giving access to two USB ports. It can be used as a gaming tablet, entertainment system, portable programming workstation, network diagnostic kit, and much more. Hardkernel has also released an updated version of the popular SmartPower bench power supply (USD$40 http://bit.ly/2j3hhcv), which includes a built-in web server.

To make using your ODROID-VU8 easier to use, we show two methods of setting up a dual or triple boot system. Adrian details setting up an ODROID-XU4 as a Network Attached Storage (NAS), @korinel presents a guide to using HomeBridge to integrate the technologies in your home, and @Brian.K discusses using BuildRoot for building Linux to generate a disk image. We also reveal a simple tweak to reduce the power consumption of the ODROID-C2 even more, and Tobias compares the speed of the PPSSPP emulator on several ODROID models.

Table of Contents

6 Dual and Triple Boot For ODROID-C2: Easily Switch Between Operating Systems On A Single ODROID

8 Setting Up Your XU4 As A General-Purpose Network Attached Storage (NAS) Device: Your Home Swiss Army Knife Server

16 The Amazing ODROID-VU8: A Portable All-In-One ODROID Touchscreen Tablet With 1024 x 768 Resolution

19 Buildroot: Now Available For ODROID-C0/C1/C1+

20 Sky Force Reloaded: What Do We Love On A Shoot ‘Em Up? Bullet Hell!

20 HomeBridge Home Automation: Easily Integrate Your Home’s Technologies

21 Tap ’N’ Slash: Uncomplicated Slashing With Fast Reflexes

23 Linux Gaming: PPSSPP Speed Comparison

29 SmartPower2: Your Energy-Saving Best Friend

29 ODROID-C2 Power Consumption: A Simple Tweak That Will Work Wonders

30 Meet An ODROIDian: Richard Bown (@richard-g8jvm)