Phillip Crane (@phillipcrane):
I have only had moderate success with any install. While the system does load into emmc, it does not recognize SOUND or ETHERNET or WLAN. Did you do anything special? I have two atomicpi units and neither will boot a system with these components working. I've also tried other atomicpi OSs but, still no luck.
I just wrote atomicpi_ubuntu_focal_lxqt_standalone_18.104.22.168.zip to an SD card with Balena Etcher and booted it.
Its crap. Video samples don't work although four /dev/video0-3 show up.
This is my 4th Atomic Pi.
The first one I quickly gave up on the pre-flashed image in the eEMC and Installed Ubuntu-Mate 16.04. This meant giving up the sound and camera, but didn't matter for my use. The other two I never even booted the eEMC images, immediately overwriting them with a normal Ubuntu-Mate amd64 (aka x86-64) image, 16.04 for one, 20.04 for the other. Again very happy but then I didn't need the camera or sound for either of these.
For the 4th, which I got to have as a spare, I'm playing around with it. I'm biased against Lubuntu and LXQT from past experience, but maybe I'll learn something.
The 18.04 that came pre-installed in the eEMC needed a lot of messing around with to get working, but still not as smooth as the stock Ubuntu 16.04 or 20.04 images, but it runs the guvcview.sh and mplayer.sh camera sample apps, but the gstreamer.sh app crashes the camera and I need to un-plug and re-plug the camera or reboot to get it back. Got nowhere with getting sound over hdmi to work.
I see there are a lot of updates to the lxqt 20.04 image, I'll install them and follow-up tomorrow. If the camera wasn't basically
free with the Amazon Atomic Pi development kit I'd be PO'd. I expect kickstarters who got the much more expensive AI development kit are going to be very unhappy.
My suggestion for playing around with different images, use a 16GB SD card and if you get it to work the way you want, put the Ubuntu 20.04 flavor of your choice on a USB3 stick and boot it choosing
try without installing. Then open a trminal and use sudo gparted to copy the SD card partitions to the eEMC.
Edit: wired Ethernet worked on the initial boot up. WiFi sees my two access points, but I haven't tried connecting to either, as my usage needs wired networking. HDMI sound played when I watched a youTube video in Chromium. We'll see if updates and a reboot get the camera module working. Getting the on-board amplifier and sound to work with external speakers will be important for the use I'm thinking of for this system.
If you bought the Atomic Pi for the
extra hardware GPIO, camera, Bosch sensor and on-board sound, I think you have a right to be upset with all the LTS images provided. But if you can use a standard UVC webcam instead, and don't need the sound or extra hardware I've found normal Ubuntu 16.04 and 20.04 run fine on it.