Starting up LUbuntu 14.04 takes about 25 seconds. Once it is running it feels quick compared to the Pi. The shipment came with a single page of instructions inside the odroid box, so you will need to go to the odroid.com/dokuwiki to find details about setup and hardware.
ODroid provides a tool for configuration of the device called ‘ODOID Utility’ which shows up as the first icon on the desktop.
The default resolution is 720p, so the first thing I did was click the ODROID Utility icon and change the resolution to 1080p and reboot, much nicer.
The default password for user root or odroid is ‘odroid’ according to the forums. Probably a good idea to change it right away using xterm and the passwd command.
I tried to choose the option to install XBMC from the ODROID Utility but it said that it was not supported yet? (Update: Looks like Kodi (XBMC) is already installed, oops! No configuration or install needed.)
I opened up the chromium web browser and tried surfing a bit to my favourite sites. It feels very fast compared to the Pi. I tried to watch some youtube, but it had problems. Going fullscreen caused the browser to kill the page. Not that I plan on using the Odroid for a desktop, but interesting to know. After a few more pages things got worse because it suddenly opened a pile of chromium windows and stopped responding (
maybe I was impatient and got all clicky…). I waited around a long time hoping it would respond so I could shut it down properly. Eventually (after 4 minutes) it started responding and I was able to shut it down. That is a pretty good sign as it means the OS was able to handle the problems and it did not have a hardware or kernel failure that would be unrecoverable and impossible for regular users to fix.
After a reboot I read the readme file on the desktop and updated the kernel in the ODROID Utility to make sure I had the latest one. Then I decided to set the system timezone in System Tools-> Time and Date. This would make web sites give me the proper spam for my location as I was completely disoriented by Australian advertisements!
I tried youtube again and was able to go fullscreen! Yay! But I needed to reduce the settings to 480p to get the framerate up to a reasonable level. I hope the custom XBMC takes advantage of hardware decoding
when it becomes available (It does!).
Another important step I forgot was to get all the latest software updates, do this by choosing System Tools->Software Updater from the menu.
That is really all that you need to get started, very painless.
Now some first impressions:
The ODroid is now running well enough that I can edit my blog in chromium with no lag. This is proving to be a capable little desktop computer when you can do real world tasks without being annoyed by waiting for the system.
So far I am very happy with the ODroid, love watching the system monitor chug away with 4 CPU’s on the plot!
I ran a 1080p video on Kodi(XBMC) and it worked perfectly! Smooth as silk, and fast GUI updates.
The ODroid-C1 is fast enough to use as a daily web surfing computer. I spent the morning checking out all of my usual tech and news web sites and it worked perfectly for all of the sites. This is the first mini-computer that I have ever used that I think I could use every day for surfing and development.
Next I am going to install a nice but light code editor (anyone have any suggestions?) and try porting my RaspiMower code to run on the ODroid-C1 using the WiringPi Library…
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