For me openFyde/FydeOS is the best operative system to have on a single board computer like this one so hail to FydeOS to be with Radxa ROCK 5B.
Installation process is quite basic since this last update you can pretty much run it from any microSD so just go to openFyde/FydeOS Rock 5B github grab the .img file from them and RPi imager or Balena flash it to your SD.
FydeOS for you Rock 5B
openFyde for Rock 5B
Just choose the version you prefer the most. You can now complete the full installation to your nvme directly and carry on!
Crosh Container - Gentoo Linux
Please follow the guide https://faq.fydeos.com/en/getting-started/shell-access/ to enter the shell and be root. (Open Chromium - Ctrl Alt T - Type Shell type sudo -i) Do line by line don’t copy paste it all.
Fan Control / Options:
Turn off type: echo power_allocator > /sys/class/thermal/thermal_zone0/policy
Turn on type: echo step_wise > /sys/class/thermal/thermal_zone0/policy
Nonstop type: echo fair_share > /sys/class/thermal/thermal_zone0/policy
mount -o remount,rw / sudo nano /etc/init/rock5-fan-control.conf #find the line and update to fair_share echo fair_share > /sys/class/thermal/thermal_zone0/policy Then press Ctrl+X, save Y then sudo reboot and exit
To enable bluetooth on some modules for openFyde/FydeOS:
mount -o remount,rw / nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf -- then add these lines somewhere (at the bottom of the file is fine): blacklist pgdrv blacklist btusb blacklist btrtl blacklist btbcm #blacklist btintel Then press Ctrl+X, save Y then sudo reboot and exit
Overlays and Perks
To activate FydeOS extras for your board check all information available here: https://fydeos.io/docs/knowledge-base/recipes/RK3588-soc-how-to-use-device-tree-overlay/
Type: ls /boot/rockchip/overlay/
If you want to activate Radxa Display or Camera or any other just add that overlay to the following:
mount -o remount,rw / sudo nano /mnt/stateful_partition/fyde/Env.txt overlays=pwm-fan Then press Ctrl+X, save Y then sudo reboot and exit
Android Container - Arch Hero
From OpenFyde version 108 We have Project ArcHero activated which mean that we can Install .apks Hurray!
Now the good stuff about openFyde/FydeOS is that with ArcHero Android container we can play big time games from the app store:
- Install apkpure, aptoide, uptodown, aurora store any store you like.
- Install some some apks, xapk, apkm intallers like App Mirror, XAPK Installer, APK Installer.
For big titles these installers are required. For general purpose… apkpure is literally enough for most things.
The fun of being able to play this is amazing.
(dont mind the video stuttering its just that… the video recording doesn’t do its justice it runs smooth).
That’s it all android issues resolved. You can now enjoy your hearthstone, diablo immortal, call of duty mobile etc… etc.
There is however only one last thing missing for perfection but not even google ChromeOS made this work yet:
There is no gamepad support yet for the Android container yet.
#arc-input-overlay-beta - can be turned on chrome://flags but what games supports it?
- We have now gamepad support for Chromium Browser! (Works great on geforce now!)
Linux Container - There’s a few perks I wanna share here too!
Give the Penguin Crostini a NALA boost! - Activate the Linux on the system and do the following:
#Lets start by giving our terminal a boost with nala the apt replacement! sudo apt update && sudo apt install git make python3-pip python3-apt python3-debian pandoc -y git clone https://gitlab.com/volian/nala.git cd nala sudo make install sudo nala update && sudo nala upgrade -y cd #It will take forever after you finish make a linux backup nala will make installations way better
After this dont do sudo apt install anymore do sudo nala install instead ex:
sudo nala install neofetch. The terminal behaviour will not just be pretty but it will do more tasks and correct issues as well giving you better debug feedback.
How to enable Widevine:
- Obtain the necessary Windevine files for the appropriate architecture (arm64 in this case) from your preferred place/vendor. If you cannot find this, you may try this one: https://github.com/theofficialgman/testing/releases/download/gmans-releases/WidevineCdm.tar.gz
- Uncompress the file (if necessary) and obtain the file
Move the file from the folder Downloads to Linux Files and with Linux do:
tar -xf WidevineCdm.tar.gz
- Navigate to “Settings” -> “openFyde Settings”, and find the option to “Enable Widevine”, and choose the file
libwidevinecdm.sofrom the uncompressed folder.
EnjOY Netflix via Chromium browser now.
Pretty much anything debian works on this terminal. So now I’m gonna leave here some of the classic basic apps that every linux usually comes with.
Debian / XFCE minimal desktop - Optional stuff
It takes long to install and you might not need them skip this step if you want:
# Basic linux apps libre office pulse audio etc etc. - Optional sudo nala update && sudo nala install task-xfce-desktop network-manager-gnome gparted pulseaudio pavucontrol pulseaudio-module-bluetooth gvfs gvfs-backends policykit-1 udisks2 catfish mousepad xarchiver gdebi gigolo v4l2loopback-dkms gedit g++ qtbase5-dev qttools5-dev-tools libqt5svg5-dev qttools5-dev libqt5dbus5 libqt5network5 libqt5core5a libqt5widgets5 libqt5gui5 libqt5svg5 python-setuptools python3-distutils -y && sudo nala upgrade -y && sudo nala autoremove # Utilities gits makes curls etc - Important sudo nala update && sudo nala install xfce4-terminal lshw git openssl ca-certificates squashfs-tools gcc-arm-linux-gnueabihf libc6-dev-armhf-cross coreutils ninja-build make cmake build-essential autoconf automake autopoint gettext autotools-dev cmake curl default-jre gawk gcc g++ cpp libflatbuffers-dev gdc gperf libasound2-dev libass-dev libavahi-client-dev libavahi-common-dev libbluetooth-dev libbluray-dev libbz2-dev libcdio-dev libcec-dev libp8-platform-dev libcrossguid-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev libcwiid-dev libdbus-1-dev libegl1-mesa-dev libenca-dev libflac-dev libfontconfig-dev libfmt-dev libfreetype6-dev libfribidi-dev libfstrcmp-dev libgcrypt20-dev libgif-dev libgles2-mesa-dev libglew-dev libglu1-mesa-dev libgnutls28-dev libgpg-error-dev libgtest-dev libiso9660-dev libjpeg-dev liblcms2-dev liblirc-dev libltdl-dev liblzo2-dev libmicrohttpd-dev libnfs-dev libogg-dev libomxil-bellagio-dev libpcre3-dev libplist-dev libpng-dev libpulse-dev libshairplay-dev libsmbclient-dev libspdlog-dev libsqlite3-dev libssl-dev libtag1-dev libtiff-dev libtinyxml-dev libtool libudev-dev libunistring-dev libva-dev libvdpau-dev libvorbis-dev libxkbcommon-dev libxmu-dev libxrandr-dev libxslt1-dev libxt-dev waylandpp-dev wayland-protocols wipe lsb-release meson nasm ninja-build python3-dev python3-pil python3-minimal rapidjson-dev swig unzip uuid-dev zip zlib1g-dev libdav1d-dev libdrm-dev ccache libclang-dev libiso9660++-dev libcap-dev clang-tools clang-tidy libpipewire-0.3-dev libsndio-dev libmariadb-dev cppcheck -y && sudo nala upgrade -y && sudo nala autoremove # Yes it will take a while. sudo reboot exit
Replacing the penguin terminal from Debian with ArchLinux:
Cloud Gaming via Chromium Browser user-Agents bypass on GFN!
Since geforce now blocks chromium from using the service I’ve found an solution for this:
What it does it creates a second browser with clean parameters and apparently GFN doesn’t flags it.
#Custom parameters just in case: --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux aarch64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/184.108.40.206 Safari/537.36" --accept-lang=en-US
You can now enjoy playing games on Geforce now with an huge quality on this tiny single board computer like a champ! Finally.
Play Boosteroid too!
Steam Installation Guide
Always make sure your terminal has internet by doing sudo ping google.com and Ctrl C to stop at each reboot before typing instructions.
More useful stuff on Linux:
#--OBS-- sudo nala install xcb obs-studio obs-gstreamer obs-plugins xdg-desktop-portal pipewire qtwayland5 -y #RESTART here and then run OBS with: export QT_QPA_PLATFORM="xcb" MESA_GL_VERSION_OVERRIDE=3.3 MESA_GLSL_VERSION_OVERRIDE=330 obs #--this is the way it works on armbian not sure if needs changed for FydeOS sudo nala install htop -y sudo nala install bpytop -y sudo nala install neofetch -y sudo nala install snapd -y sudo nala install kodi -y sudo nala install inkscape -y sudo nala install flatpak gnome-software-plugin-flatpak squashfs-tools && sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo sudo nala install gnome-software gnome-packagekit -y # or all at once and correctly sudo nala update && sudo nala install htop neofetch bpytop snapd flatpak xcb obs-studio obs-plugins xdg-desktop-portal pipewire qtwayland5 gnome-software-plugin-flatpak squashfs-tools gnome-software gnome-packagekit kodi inkscape -y && sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo && sudo nala upgrade -y && sudo nala autoremove sudo reboot exit
Sometimes when the linux terminal jams a sudo reboot or a father stop start termina fixes it.
- sudo ping google.com doesn’t work or… wierd launch error messages… etc…
#Open Chromium Browser - Ctrl Alt T vmc stop termina vmc start termina or vmc launch termina #ChromeOS is start FydeOS is Launch
Installing the Google Store is easy!
Run GApps installation stucks at 20% for a long while but you can see the log showing information rolling.
Follow some of the community issues as well here
Have lots of fun enjoy! Discord here for a more direct approach: https://discord.gg/vX4UhRPT9A