on friday the 24th mMay 2014 after 2-3 weeks wait the Odroid U3. arrived. it came nicely packaged in a box all bagged and ready. i took out my parts
- ODROID-U3 Device (with heat sync installed)
- ODROID-U3 Case
- 5V/2A Power Supply
- Cooling Fan U3 (to replace the heat sync)
- 8GB eMMC Module U Linux (xubuntu 13.10)
- WiFi Module 3 (usb wifi dongle/areal)
- micro HDMI to HDMI Cable (Micro, Type D)
- Backup Battery for the RTC (Real Time Clock)
the Odroid is very easy to put together. simple and straightforward. all i had to do was
- remove the heat sync and install the fan
- put the RTC battery in
- clip on the emmc memory module
- Put in case.
- connect the wifi module
- connect the micro hdmi cable in and plug that into my 40″ sony led tv
- connect the power supply ( i had to get an extra converter to plug it in)
- plug in my wireless mouse/keyboard combo
- turn it on.
and presto it booted first time. I was taken to a first time boot screen to set up the odroid as i needed. this has a few simple things to set up if needed. and then once done it booted into the Xubuntu os.
the initial setup is great it comes with
- Chromium Browser: (the free opensorce browser that google chrome is built on), nice and easy to use.
- xchat: connection to irc network so you can chat to the people on the #odroid channel
- Pidgin IM: multi chat client
- orage calendar:
- ffmpeg: play movies on your computer.
- smplayer: another movie player
- gmusicbrowser: jukebox style music player for large collections of music.
- Parole Media Player: lightweight media player for xfce desktop, play removes, audio, and live streams.
- SMPlayer: another video and audio player.
- XMBC Media Centre: a software media-player and entertainment hub for all your digital media. to manage movies, photos, music, from your server or a plugged in hard drive. it has weather app and lots of links to online media sites to play videos, music, watch tv shows. etc.
- GIMP: image editor
- Simple Scan: an easey to use scanner application.
- Abiword: document creation app (like ms word)
- Gnumeric: spreadsheet application (like ms excell)
- orage: Calendar application
- Gparted: partition hard drives and flash drives
- Software updater: update the os software
- Synaptic package manager: list of applications you can install onto the os.
these are the main apps available. and installed by default they are easy to use and work ok.
After a few weeks of using the odroid and testing things out.
- installing updates went fine.
- applying kernel update to fix a wifi error where the wifi would sometimes disconnect at random. this screwed things up and the os has not been the same since. it is hard to revert back to the original kernel which was better.
- looking behind the os further shows lots of small things left behind. such as lots of different kernels when i have only installed one extra, different menus found in os, different desktops, and window managers found. all these extra things should have been removed before the final os was released. granted the team working on it should have known how to clean things up. an over site.
this is what i have found so far overall a good os but could be better. the overall usability is great and it woks fine. if you use the default install things will work ok. when i have gotten a micro sd card 25mb/sec rate at least class 10 or higher i will be able to install other os to test. and try things out then see if they are better than the default.