this is pure Debian base image of Buster without GUI and another stuff. Image doesn’t contain anything from Armbian, there is no tools from Armbian, only pure Debian installed via serial line. This image is primary for mhog but feel free to test it too, and please report your testing If there is no support from Armbian anymore, then I am looking for another source.
I don’t know how to do it properly (or debian way), but partition was resized by resize2fs, fdisk and image was created like (msdos partition table is on beginning of disk with 2 primary parititon 255MB/boot+2G/root) is for dd if=/dev/mmcblk0 of=/someimage.img bs=1M count=2560 …
It is a test image then I didn’t read some procedure and I keep it simple…
Debian was installed via official procedure : https://wiki.debian.org/InstallingDebianOn/Allwinner
As I say … I don’t need wifi on box or sofisticated switch things, I have all in one vlan. I am looking for image to use stable distribution on HDD (U-boot is on flash). Due a HDD this box is ideal for home assistant and some ansible things
Just lately, I read from a guy who says with a heat sink on the WiFi chip (RTL8192) he got it in a stable/functional situation.
I had the same dream, but basically to run the system (root) of the SDcard is no problem and you can have a partition for /var (log files) on the HDD. Why make your life unnecessary hard right?
Better spend time on ansible & docker.
How you will setup the Switch b53125 with DSA is up to you and maybe the last thing you need to care about
Last but not least, my document saves you some time - so take the knowledge that fits to your needs. Learn about armbian and take in any case a Kernel above 4.x because the 5.x has so many good features like fast SATA.