Cubieboard 1

A10 allwinner legacy mainline phased out SATA

Ubuntu desktop – legacy kernel
  .torrent (recommended) ?
Multimedia and desktop usage scenarios.


Debian server – mainline kernel
  .torrent (recommended) ?
Command line interface – server usage scenarios.


other download options and archive

  • installation to NAND with root on SATA/USB is not supported. Legacy kernel only, where NAND support exist.
  • total memory is 1000Mb (disabled all memory reservations for GPU on CLI images)

Known issues

Mainline kernel (next/dev branches)

  • no MALI drivers
  • different GPIO numbering
  • no video acceleration
  • schedutil governor may cause clicks and pops on audio output – change to ondemand to work around this issue


Quick start | Documentation


Make sure you have a good & reliable SD card and a proper power supply. Archives can be uncompressed with 7-Zip on Windows, Keka on OS X and 7z on Linux (apt-get install p7zip-full). RAW images can be written with Etcher (all OS).


Insert SD card into a slot and power the board. (First) boot (with DHCP) takes up to 35 seconds with a class 10 SD Card and cheapest board.


Login as root on HDMI / serial console or via SSH and use password 1234. You will be prompted to change this password at first login. Next you will be asked to create a normal user account that is sudo enabled (beware of default QWERTY keyboard settings at this stage).